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Eleanor Pardee tot lot re-opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Original post made on May 27, 2014

Toddlers from Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood and preschoolers from St. Elizabeth Seton School gathered at Eleanor Pardee Park Tuesday morning to assist Mayor Nancy Shepherd with a ribbon cutting that officially re-opened the park's tot lot.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:12 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by Marrol, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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Posted by Marrol, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm

[Portion removed.] Let's hope that the new playground and park equipment is not soon covered with gang graffiti and/or vandalized.

Posted by UC Davis Grad, a resident of Mountain View
on May 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Would that be that much of a problem in Palo Alto, Marrol? That's not the general impression that I have gotten.

Posted by Marrol, a resident of Downtown North
on May 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Davis Grad, at a community meeting with our police department, which stemmed from a gang presence at this particular park, we learned that indeed it had become a gathering place for gang members from neighboring communities. The activity usually took place later at night. There was an increase in gang related graffiti, vandalism, and evidence of drug use. We were encouraged to notify the police if we observed any such criminal activity or people being in the park after hours.

So yes, Palo Alto can be subject to these issues like any other community in our region, including Mountain View, your place of residency I presume, which has its own set of challenges in this regard. Thank you for asking, and I hope this offers you a little insight for what is indeed a shared problem.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on May 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

The PAPD regularly patrols the Eleanor Park area at night. Neighbors also keep an eye on the park at night 'in various ways'. Daytime too.

Posted by Honor Spitz, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2014 at 10:43 am's a lovely park, one that I have enjoyed for decades. How nice to welcome back an old friend. (with a face lift to boot!!)

Posted by Gordon, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

Nice to have Eleanor Pardee park open again. It is used widely during the soccer season for 8 and 9 year olds. Kinder and Kicker ages cannot use the field due to lack of public restrooms. It would have been nice to have public restrooms as a part of this upgrade. I have heard concerns that having public restrooms would attack unwanted visitors, but other parks such as Seale, Peers, Hoover and others have public restrooms without issues. The city does a great job with maintenance and overnight lockup. Next round of upgrades, lets all vote for public restrooms.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

"We're trying to find a different way to tap into people's visions for Palo Alto's parks," she said.

Congrats on the great work with the new park, but you couldn't just let the residents over by Maybell find a way to pay for the space and save the 100 established trees there in the middle of a historic drought an area that has been more heavily impacted by overdevelopment than almost any other? Such language is just another slap in the face to those of us over here who had a vision and were willing to work to pay for it ourselves, we just needed the City to exercise it's right to purchase the property temporarily.

That said, in answer to the above - our local park had problems with vandalism, etc, until it was properly renovated, and then it became so heavily used, the problem was gone overnight. So yes, this kind of renovation is a good investment in reducing crime, too.

Posted by amy, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm

A nice park which could be better with bathrooms.

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

No bathrooms. Bathrooms would bring in people that wouldn't use this park for its intended purposes. Enough said.

It is a neighborhood park, not a community or region gathering center, such as Rinconada or Mitchell Park.

Posted by Bikes2work, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Bathrooms at this park were nixed in 2008:

Web Link

Posted by green Gables, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

It's always been know as Eleanor Park by those of us who have lived in Palo Alto more than 2 minutes.

Posted by Potty Time, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

I do not take my 3 and 6 year olds to any park that does not have a restroom. Their bladders are just too little, and they can't make it home in time.

Who are these parks for, anyway?

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