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Baylands buildings - old becomes new and new left to rot?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 4, 2013

Why, I wonder, at the Baylands have they just redone the old Scout building and opened it as something new and special and let the old building with the boardwalk close and deteriorate? It makes me think that in another 25 years or so someone will decide that it should be renovated and they will have charity collections as well as calling it historical to keep it as part of Palo Alto heritage. I expect then that it will cause more dissent from future residents, some of whom will want to keep it for nostalgic reasons and others who will want to get rid of it because of progress. It is a shame that something can't be done with it now

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The whole Baylands area is pretty disgusting, and that includes Byxbee Park.

Anything out there has gone to seed. I remember coming to CA as a kid to visit my Grandmother and going to the Duck Pond. The place is messy and in disrepair now.

There is not enough parking, there are no real restroom facilities. The portables out by the docks are disgusting, and the restroom at Byxbee Park is not open all the time and does not get cleaned properly - which I have reported several times to the Park Ranger out there whenever I see them.

The Interpretive Center that connects to the boardwalks out to the Baylands is dilapidated, but it seems not that bad and that it could be repaired without re-building the whole structure. The boardwalks themselves are really bad now. Boards are rotted and loose and the last time I was out there it seemed to me to be unsafe and an accident waiting to happen.

We used to go out there in the 70's and you could walk all the way over to the power towers and beyond. It was a lot of fun as a kid. Maybe it is just too hard to patrol and who knows what could happen out there these days.

I am sad to see this area which is such a great resource for Palo Alto just being ignored and allowed to fall apart. We used to have a nice yacht harbor out there that probably brought in revenue and put people permanently out there so the area was safer and more patrolled.

The City needs to re-think the Palo Alto Baylands, because just allowing it all to fall apart and the only thing out there be the Palo Alto Airport that makes too much noise and is an occasional risk for plane crashes is a bad idea for the majority of Palo Altans. If you do go out to the Baylands, it is still a nice place to walk, hike or birdwatch, and could be much better if the parking, noise and stench from the sewage treatment plant could be managed.

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