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News - September 10, 2021

Neighborhood's growth plan prompt calls for more parks

Commission supports effort to increase parkland in dynamic but underserved community

by Gennady Sheyner

The Ventura neighborhood is, in many ways, Palo Alto's fastest changing area.

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Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 3, 2021 at 10:59 am

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Thank you Keith Reckdahl and the entire Parks and Recreation Commission for succinctly highlighting one of the many glaringly obvious flaws in the three NVCAP alternatives put forward by City Staff (each of which run roughshod over the meticulous work of volunteer members of the NVCAP Working Group). An explicit goal of the Parks Master Plan is to provide parks that are “distributed equitably across Palo Alto." Yet the three NVCAP alternatives favored by Staff would make Palo Alto park distribution less equitable, not more. The alternatives exacerbate inequality even by their own measure, which is wildly inflated by counting planting strips, building setbacks, and paved(!) driveways as parkland. Staff's report admits that its NVCAP proposals would only add to the parkland deficit in Ventura. The abhorrent implication is that Staff believes residents of Below Market Rate housing are not as deserving of open space as more affluent Palo Alto citizens. I urge all of us to join the Parks and Recreation Commission in standing up for the well being of ALL Palo Altans.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2021 at 12:21 am

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A resident who teaches math at Stanford figured out that the so called Alternate 3 that city staff keeps pushing for the 60 acre Ventura redevelopment equals about 10% of the current population of PA.

With next to no parkland, no more community service center space, no retail amenities, nothing but an office and housing desert packed in tight, cheek to jowl in a big awful heat island.
We must not allow this.

Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 4, 2021 at 12:41 am

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The city has long ignored the deficit of park space. Our comprehensive plan calls out 4 acres for every 1000 residents. We are hundreds of acres in park space behind for the population of the city. It is past time that the city have a funding and acquisition mechanism for park space.

The city continues to ignore current residents needs while adding more and more people to an already overcrowded area. Don't let them continue to develop this area until they call out where a large park and community center will be. The ENTIRE Fry's site would be a good start! Plenty of park and community space available there. The city should zone areas as park space to keep the land prices low rather than continue to upzone areas thus making everything more expensive. Do not let them upzone the Fry's site or surrounding areas. It should all be a park!!

Posted by Becky Sanders
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 10, 2021 at 5:01 pm

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Just re-read this article in the paper version of the news. And YES YES YES more parkland for Ventura is what we need in order to truly welcome more families particularly in North Ventura. It's a playground desert up there. When they discuss the dispensation of the old Fry's site in the coming weeks we'll need every scrap of meaningful greenspace there. Not talking planting strips or sidewalks plantings. A place where you can play catch, kick a ball around or have a picnic. So thank you Gennady for reporting in on conditions here in Ventura.

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