Land sale connects Skyline, Russian Ridge

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District acquires 100 acres of La Honda-area land from Peninsula Open Space Trust

In an effort to connect two land preserves and provide the community with greater access to trails and viewing locations, Palo Alto-based Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) sold nearly 100 acres of La Honda-area land to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) on Tuesday, POST announced.

The 97.5 acres, which stretch along Alpine Road two miles west of Skyline Boulevard, closes the gap between Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and its neighbor, Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. The land was sold for $3.09 million, the same price POST gave to purchase the property from its private owners last December. Funding was aided by the California Coastal Conservancy, which contributed a $500,000 grant.

Future plans for the land include expanding connections to Mindego Hill and the Mindego Ridge Trail, developing a staging area for viewing Skyline Ridge and creating new parking spaces, according to POST Executive Vice President Walter Moore.

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Posted by tree hugger
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

Kudos to these two agencies who accomplish what the state of California apparently is unable to . . . preserving parkland and having it accessible to the public.

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Posted by postie
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

POST is not a government agency. They are a privately-funded charity. Thanks for their hard work and to everyone who donates to them.

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Posted by College Terrace Mom
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Fantastic! This is worth celebrating. Many thanks to all who worked hard to make this happen.

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Posted by loves.nature
a resident of Nixon School
on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

This is spectacular! Well done and thank you to all who contributed money and effort to make this and so many other POST and MROSD projects come to light.

There should still be some wildflower viewing. Go Take A Hike this weekend!

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I am a great admirer of POST. This in another example of their fine work.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Open space becomes closed space at dusk. Wish there was a legal way to take a moonlight hike.

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Posted by Stargeezer
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I agree with "musical" - I'd like to see theses areas open for stargazing as well.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 1, 2011 at 1:55 am

Regarding closure at dusk, I suppose the authorities are trying to protect us from ourselves. Darkness is something most people seem to be deathly afraid of, judging from the clamor to keep streetlights shining brightly all night long. Even where there's plenty of lighting, all the in-town parks close at 10pm at the latest.

The MROSD does actually have a couple opportunities for post-sunset trespassing on their mountains. Their website calendar shows an organized full-moon hike the Friday evening of July 15. And a "Nature at Night" hike August 26. Both at Monte Bello Ridge off Page Mill. Reservations required.

I guess after all, these Open Space jurisdictions are Nature Preserves, not Recreation Areas.

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