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Baylands Boardwalk Rotting Away

Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2013

Spent some time this Labor Day at an old favorite family haunt and was very disappointed to see the state of the boardwalk into the Baylands. There were many people there, hiking, biking, strolling, picnicking, sailboarding and it was sad to see how the area is being left to fall into disrepair. The boardwalk is now a danger to walk on. My kids when they were young used to race along to the end and enjoy pretending to be Billy Goats Gruff looking for the Troll.

Another family favorite in Palo Alto is going the way of the Palo Alto Bowl and the Mitchell Park Wading Pool. Just a fading memory.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Hey, I'm with you on this. In fact, I posted sometime ago about this, politely requesting that any local companies/prominent SV individuals in Palo Alto would be much appreciated if they could provide funds to the City of PA to either repair/renovate or install a new boardwalk. I think the Baylands are an asset to the City and wooden infrastructure there should be in good and safe shape and not be an eyesore.

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Posted by Don't Forget
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Please remember that Palo Alto was in the red for four years, and many services were cut back--police, mosquito abatement, etc.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

In the last five years or so I have seen makeovers at many city parks where play equipment, etc. has been replaced when there was nothing apparently wrong with the old. The boardwalk is enjoyed by many people, it is now dangerous, and I would rather that they did this before replacing any play structure that has nothing wrong with it.

What would happen if someone was seriously injured on this boardwalk? It is not only children who use it?

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

A ranger told me that the boardwalk would cost $1M to fix. Well, that's what Palo Alto would have to pay. A frugal homeowner would get a frugal contractor to do fix it, and yes, it is bad.
But we are building a bike bridge over 101, fixing up Eleanor and Rinconada Parks which don't need anything right now. There is a new park architect on board, I heard. He/she needs something to do for a $100K plus salary. So FIX the boardwalk before somebody falls into the marsh., and at the same time clean up the Baylands of stray weeds.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

They've already closed or condemned the Baylands Interpretive Center, if people complain about this they will just close it or tear it down. It's a real shame, it was nice to be able to walk out there safely and see the marshes and birds as well as the bay. Back in the 70's one could rarely even see the other side of the bay. Today the air is much much cleaner.

I have a lot of fond memories of going out there decades ago and also walking out and to the left or right before they put in the barriers that prevent people from going anywhere except to the end of the boardwalk. It was a lot of fun.

Today, I think if the power companies need to have someone inspect of maintain those towers they fly helicopters out there and drop people down instead of having them walk way out there and climb up. At least that is what I thought I saw a few times when I was hiking out in the Baylands.

Whatever becomes of all the money Palo Alto collects? I shudder to think of what is really going on in this city. Will we find some time in the future that we are being robbed blind, and what assures us that we are not?

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