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New section of Bay Trail opens this week in East Palo Alto

Segment includes boardwalk, bridge across the wetlands

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District General Manager Ana María Ruiz addresses guests at the Ravenswood Bay Trail Project kickoff celebrating the start of construction on a critical new segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail on Oct. 11, 2019. Courtesy Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

East Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents will have improved access to the San Francisco Bay Trail as a new 0.6-mile section of the trail opens to the public this week.

The section is located between University Avenue and the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

It includes a new boardwalk and a bridge across the wetlands in the north.

The project was first approved in 2016 and closes a 0.6-mile gap on the 80-mile Peninsula stretch of the Bay Trail. The entire 500-mile Bay Trail runs through all nine Bay Area counties.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will host a virtual opening ceremony at 11 a.m. this Friday, Aug. 7.

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Viewers will enjoy a virtual tour, see the planning behind the trail's construction and learn about features that cater to local wildlife.

"The current health crisis has underscored how essential Midpen preserves are for providing free and safe public access to nature for mental, emotional and physical health," Midpen General Manager Ana María Ruiz said on the nonprofit's website. "This small trail will provide big benefits to the community."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors to the trail must stay at least 6 feet away from each other if not from the same household. Face coverings are required if staying 6 feet away is not possible, especially on narrow stretches of a trail.

To register for the virtual opening ceremony, visit openspace.org.

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New section of Bay Trail opens this week in East Palo Alto

Segment includes boardwalk, bridge across the wetlands

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East Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents will have improved access to the San Francisco Bay Trail as a new 0.6-mile section of the trail opens to the public this week.

The section is located between University Avenue and the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

It includes a new boardwalk and a bridge across the wetlands in the north.

The project was first approved in 2016 and closes a 0.6-mile gap on the 80-mile Peninsula stretch of the Bay Trail. The entire 500-mile Bay Trail runs through all nine Bay Area counties.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will host a virtual opening ceremony at 11 a.m. this Friday, Aug. 7.

Viewers will enjoy a virtual tour, see the planning behind the trail's construction and learn about features that cater to local wildlife.

"The current health crisis has underscored how essential Midpen preserves are for providing free and safe public access to nature for mental, emotional and physical health," Midpen General Manager Ana María Ruiz said on the nonprofit's website. "This small trail will provide big benefits to the community."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors to the trail must stay at least 6 feet away from each other if not from the same household. Face coverings are required if staying 6 feet away is not possible, especially on narrow stretches of a trail.

To register for the virtual opening ceremony, visit openspace.org.

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rtjohnson
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Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm
rtjohnson, Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
Registered user
on Aug 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm
7 people like this

Dear Almanac friends,

As a faithful subscriber, I hope you don't mind a little constructive feedback.

I know you are short-staffed for "remote" news reporting. And that it makes sense to publish stories from other sources, such as the Bay City News Service. That said, this article first appeared on the Bay City News Service on August 1 (when the invitation to the virtual opening ceremony would have been timely). You cross-published this article today and your email hit my inbox for today's edition, exactly one hour after the virtual opening event.

Thanks for your great work and for your aspiration to do better.

-- todd


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