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News - August 7, 2020

Around Town

MORE ROOM TO ROAM ...The wait is over for nature lovers looking to hike on a new section of the Bay Trail. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has opened its latest trail extension at the Ravenswood Preserve, accessible from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Starting on Friday, Aug. 7, bicyclists and pedestrians can access the 0.6-mile extension, which includes an elevated boardwalk over the marshland. "The wetlands around the San Francisco Bay are very sensitive, and they are home to major wildlife species. Midpen took a lot of care in building this trail, particularly in the area where there are wetlands," Midpen public affairs specialist Leigh Ann Gessner said. Crews also improved a 1.5-mile pathway on property owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Most of the work happened from September 2019 through January, to avoid the nesting period for the Ridgway's rail, one of the near-threatened bird species that calls the open space home. Crews also built a bridge that connects to the boardwalk and features interpretive signs to help visitors better understand the local ecosystem. The signage areas on the boardwalk's scenic overlook are prime spots to birdwatch, Gessner added. The project was briefly put on hold earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the district was already far enough along the project to be able to wrap it up by this month. The district scheduled an online celebration for the new trail at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7, during which the public could take a virtual tour and learn about the planning and construction work for the project. For more information, visit openspace.org/preserves/ravenswood.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm

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I looked for this trail today - said it starts at University in EPA. But a lot of traffic today so could not slow down to look for it. We need a map and direction as where we can park.


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