At its Tuesday, Sept. 1, meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors awarded $1 million in Measure A funds to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) to close a gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in East Palo Alto, according to a County of San Mateo Parks Department press release.
The work will be dedicated to the Ravenswood Bay Trail, a 0.6-mile gap in the contiguous 80-mile trail along the Bay connecting San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The trail is located between the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve and University Avenue, along the borders of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Midpen will also pitch in $700,000 in Measure AA funds. And another $400,000 from the Santa Clara County Stanford University Mitigation Fund will go toward the project.
The project will take place over the next two years. When completed, San Mateo County residents will have access to the multiuse trail, as well as to local and regional parks, restored wetlands and the shoreline. The project also aims to "improve the infrastructure for healthy lifestyles in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven area of Menlo Park," according to the press release.
"We're very pleased that in a few short years, we'll be able to offer residents of the southern part of the County direct access to one of the nation's premier trail systems and a wonderful nature destination right in their backyards," said Steve Abbors, Midpen general manager, in a statement.
The San Francisco Bay Trail is in close proximity to the Dumbarton Bridge and employers such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn, making it "a key regional bicycle transportation corridor and commute alternative," the press release reads.