Community Notebook: Palo Alto race to raise awareness about water conservation

Saturday, April 30, fun run and walk is also an Earth Day festival

The City of Palo Alto is teaming up again with the Tuolumne River Trust and other community groups for the Great Race for Saving Water.

The belated Earth Day festival and 5K fun run and walk, which aims to raise awareness about water resources and conservation, will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m. at the Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road.

There will also be food, free bike repairs and tune-ups by Repair Café and Earth Day activities hosted by water agencies, local nonprofits, businesses and environmental organizations.

Last year, more than 350 adults and kids turned out for the event.

For more information, visit To register for the race, visit

The event is sponsored by City of Palo Alto, Tuolumne River Trust, Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online, KEEN, Project Enybody, Repair Café, Lunchbots, Fleet Feet, Hobee's, Acterra, Racing Hearts, Safeway, Canopy, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Girl Scouts, Wasche, Inc., Kiwanis, Environmental Volunteers and individual community members.


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3 people like this
Posted by Anciana
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:17 am

Well wonderful. But Palo Alto could set a better example of conservation if it saved water more itself. I am disappointed every time I go to Mollie Stone's Market on California Avenue -- the fountain on the plaza between the railroad station and Mollie's is running, and running and running. [It was off briefly not too long ago, but there it is again, evaporating water into the air.]

3 people like this
Posted by juan olive
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Wholly Mother of Pearl.
I want some.
What a Racket.
Palo Alto will be out of money tomorrow.
It was the 1%... Now it's 2%
What do these people do all day to deserve such amounts? I'll do what ever they do for 1/4 the amount. My number is (650)328-4329. And if I can't I'll either eat my hat or learn in one week.

4 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

If you do a feel-good you don't have to do a be-good.

3 people like this
Posted by If
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

The last thing we have to complain about is the amount of water that evaporates in a fountain, then we have done a wonderful job at water conservation

2 people like this
Posted by Watching the show
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 27, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Nice opportunity for the Mayor to make a pious pronouncement. Safe and not controversial, to support saving water.
And make friends with all the business sponsors.

1 person likes this
Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Yes, water evaporation from recycled water is less of an issue than the plush, green lawns at businesses and homes. Time to landscape Arizona style.

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