El Camino Park will be closed starting Monday (Sept. 26) through the summer of 2013. According to a release from the City of Palo Alto, the closure is the first step in the construction of a new underground reservoir and well, which is a part of the Utilities Department's long-term citywide emergency water-supply planning effort.
According to Debra Katz, acting communications manager with the Utilities Department, the park "is about to undergo major 'internal surgery' followed by a complete head-to-toe makeover."
Groundbreaking for construction will begin the second week in October. The work will continue through December 2012 and recreational facilities will be restored by the summer of 2013.
"Even though Palo Altans will have a long wait before having access to the Park again, in exchange for that wait they are getting a secure emergency water supply and a beautiful, modern new park facility, both of which will be treasures for generations to come," Katz stated in the release.
Approved by Palo Alto voters in 2007, the Emergency Water Supply and Storage Project will provide enough water to meet basic needs for the entire city in the event of an earthquake or other emergency that cuts off normal water supply from the Hetch-Hetchy aqueduct system.
El Camino Park is located at 100 El Camino Real, across from the Stanford Shopping Center.