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Foothills Park to stay closed to non-residents

Original post made on Dec 11, 2007

Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell's attempt to open Foothills Park to taxpaying Palo Alto business owners crashed once it reached the reached the Council Chambers Monday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 4:58 AM

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 11, 2007 at 9:23 am

So much for the "we pay for it" arguement...


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Posted by Bring sanity back to the Council
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 11, 2007 at 9:49 am

Cordell is leaving .. Right? How can we expedite her departure ?


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Posted by Lou
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 11, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Cordell has one more meeting. Grimace and bear it.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Dec 11, 2007 at 3:28 pm

An exclusive park is stupid.


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Posted by Jarred
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 11, 2007 at 8:53 pm

It is sad that non-residents cannot use Foothill Park. But, they now have free access to a much more valuable resource -- the fantastic new City of Palo Alto website!!


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Posted by Some-Things-Should-Just-Stay-Closed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2007 at 10:00 pm

> It is sad that non-residents cannot use Foothill Park.

The park is accessible to non-residents via a hiking trail that cuts across the park.


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Posted by Midtown bicyclist
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 12, 2007 at 4:34 am

I've lived in Palo Alto for years and have always considered the foothill park policy elitist and stupid. We should just give/sell the park to the Peninsula Open Space Foundation and let them manage it. We'd save money and more people could enjoy the facilities.


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2007 at 8:21 am

I agree with Midtown Bicyclist it's time to give Foothill Park and the Arastradero Property to Mid-Peninsula Open Space. Palo Altans could still use both places but the City wouldn't have to pay to maintain them.




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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 12, 2007 at 8:40 am

Either as Lee suggests, or to Santa Clara County Parks, who run Rancho San Antonio, etc. Either would be great.


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Posted by chrisk
a resident of University South
on Dec 12, 2007 at 10:30 am

What does Palo Alto get in return if it opens Foothills Park to non-residents?


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 12, 2007 at 12:25 pm

>Either as Lee suggests, or to Santa Clara County Parks, who run Rancho San Antonio, etc. Either would be great.

Has anyone tried to go to Rancho San Antonio in the last few years? Finding parking is often harder than at a shopping mall on Black Friday. I used to run on the PG&E trail back in ~2000 and there were seldom too many cars in the parking lots, but its not worth it any more with the horrible parking problems. If Foothills were made open access, hopefully at least its slightly more remote location would discourage similar crowding problems.


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Posted by Some-Things-Should-Just-Stay-Closed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm

> Foothill Park and the Arastradero Property

On the open market, these properties could easily be worth $1-$1.5B dollars. Why would Palo Alto want to give away that much money for nothing of material value in return?


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Posted by Ronald L
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 12, 2007 at 2:42 pm

I will/would not knowingly vote for any City Council candidate who
advocates opening Foothills Park to non-residents.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 12, 2007 at 3:53 pm

What Ronald L said!


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Posted by David D
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 12, 2007 at 8:25 pm


Midtown bicyclist wrote:

>> "I've lived in Palo Alto for years and have always considered the foothill park policy elitist and stupid."

Like a lot of what goes on in this town.


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Posted by Herb Borock
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 13, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Midtown bicyclist, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, said on Dec 12, 2007 at 4:34 am:

"I've lived in Palo Alto for years and have always considered the foothill park policy elitist and stupid. We should just give/sell the park to the Peninsula Open Space Foundation and let them manage it. We'd save money and more people could enjoy the facilities."

Lee, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, said on Dec 12, 2007 at 8:21 am:

"I agree with Midtown Bicyclist it's time to give Foothill Park and the Arastradero Property to Mid-Peninsula Open Space. Palo Altans could still use both places but the City wouldn't have to pay to maintain them."

Some-Things-Should-Just-Stay-Closed, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, said:

"On the open market, these properties could easily be worth $1-$1.5B dollars. Why would Palo Alto want to give away that much money for nothing of material value in return?"

The 2006-2007 adopted Operating Budget includes $2,138,497 annual expenses and only $109,775 revenue for Open Space, which includes the Baylands, Foothills Park, Arastradero Preserve, and Esther Clark Park.

If half of the annual Open Space expense is for Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserve, we would be saving about $1,000,000 in net expense by giving up an asset that one poster values at over one billion dollars.



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Posted by Sparky
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 13, 2007 at 8:42 pm

But of course we don't "give up" the asset, since we would continue to be able to use it just as we do today. So we lose "exclusive use" and save $1M. Sounds like an ok deal to me. Oh yeah, and we get back in step with every other town in America, since nobody else has "private parks."


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2007 at 3:32 pm

If we can give $21. Million to the creditors of Enron, we can give Foothill Park and the Arastradero Preserve to the Mid-Peninsula Open Space.

Opening Foothill Park to other communities will happen sometime in the future. The pressure to do so will only increase with time. Just look at the editorial in today's PADN (12/16).


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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 16, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Herb, Who made that valuation? Do you know how it was arrived at?


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