East Palo Alto received a $40,000 grant Saturday (March 19) to develop a public nature park that will increase the city's park space by more than 50 percent, local officials said.
The grant was given by the Nature Restoration Trust to help create Cooley Landing Park, a proposed nine-acre nature park and education center, according to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
The district and the city own portions of land along the Bay and are working together to clean up the area, which was formerly a landfill, officials said.
The land is adjacent to breeding grounds for the largest concentration of endangered California clapper rail birds in the world. Local children with the nonprofit Collective Roots program kicked off the project Saturday by planting seeds that will eventually be used to restore native vegetation at the park, officials said.