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Residents offer ideas about Cubberley future

Original post made on Sep 28, 2018

The effort to redesign and ultimately rebuild the sprawling Cubberley Community Center purred to life on Thursday, when Palo Alto residents presented proposals for the center's planned transformation.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:58 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by dtn north
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 28, 2018 at 11:09 am

I would like to see the totem pole and the amphitheater remain in some way. For those of us who went there this is a piece of art, legacy from the school of yesteryear


Posted by Barbara
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

If Cubberley is ever redesigned or renovated let's hope the new walls will be thicker than cardboard! The noise level between adjoining rooms is devastating; not worth the money to attend classes at that facility.


Posted by Why so big?
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

Why so big? is a registered user.

I was disappointed that the session was run in such a way that we were all encouraged to consider massive growth to this area. Single story was represented as an extreme to one side of our options, and 500,000sf was considered a fairly modest size (we were told we could go up to 1.5M sf).

Just tired of all the development. On the plus side, these are meaningful services for residents.


Posted by Out-of-town lobbyists
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

Out-of-town lobbyists is a registered user.

Several out-of-town people were at my table lobbying for specific programs. Did that happen at other tables?






Posted by Herb, a Cubberley user
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm

About why so big: Here's why: The population of Palo Alto has increased 20% since Cubberley Community Center was opened. With all the plans for more housing. the potential need for a third high school, and rising office nets for nonprofits and artists, existing community services will be even more stressed for space. We need to preserve our open space and increase the space for all the valuable activities and organizations, current and future.
About out-of-towners: The one at our table is involved in an important health activity at Cubberley. One of the many kinds of activities that are vital to Palo Alto residents; in this case, keeping them alive.


Posted by Mary Lautner
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 28, 2018 at 1:05 pm

As a participant, I have a suggestion. When we were asked to provide the three most important parts of the plan (open space, art space, education, for example), we only had three stars held by the moderator. The moderator was heavily influenced by the vocal expression of a participant who was heavily invested in school needs. We did not have a group discussion. An easier and more fair way to approach this exercise is to give each participant three stars. We then individually choose the three top areas we supported. Once that was done, we would count how many stars each item received. The top three, with the most stars, would more fairly represent the wishes of the group. This is a simple, tried and true process, and I am surprised that such a professional set of advisors would not have done that.

In addition, I think the second exercise, deciding on how high the buildings should go and where to put parking was a complete waste of time.


Posted by Out-of-town lobbyists
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 28, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Out-of-town lobbyists is a registered user.

The out-of-town lobbyists (plural) at my table were not lobbying for health and wellness. They want programs they can use after work before they drive home to their own cities.

Maybe the city should track where the people live.


Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

It should be reopened as a third high school.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm

This very important, very central gem of a location should be re-opened as a public high school and if space permits, an affiliated elementary or pre-school or other PAUSD use.
I disagree with a motley array of random groups and interests.
This is a prime Palo Alto place.


Posted by Sheri
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 28, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Sheri is a registered user.

@ Anonymous

"the 35-acre campus ... is jointly owned by the Palo Alto Unified School district (which owns 27 acres, and the city (which owns the remaining 8 acres)."

Palo Alto is more than just students and those between 21 and 60 should also have access to community center programs. Currently they're an ubderserved demographic.


Posted by Kara
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm

I vote for a senior community like the Dutch have created. Palo Alto could lead the nation in properly taking care of the ever growing Alzheimer/dementia population.


Web Link


Posted by Stop the spending
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm

This sounds like another expensive project that Palo Alto cannot afford. Has anyone watched a finance meeting lately????


Posted by kids
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

kids is a registered user.

27 to a new high school and 8 to seniors who would like to tutor for free access to woodworking, pilates and pools.


Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm

^ Pools?

The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.

I was misinformed.


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