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$3.5M project to restore landscaping at Willow Road-U.S. 101 interchange gets green light from Menlo Park council

Original post made on Sep 1, 2023

The landscaping of the highway interchange at Willow Road and U.S. 101, in the works since 2019, was given renewed urgency at an Aug. 29 Menlo Park City Council meeting.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 1, 2023 at 4:59 pm

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Whatever the reasons for the delay, I am just glad to see some sign of progress. It's been disheartening to see how quickly this area got run over with weeds.

Posted by Sheri
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 1, 2023 at 6:39 pm

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I don’t care so much about landscaping but it would be nice to have the signals timed better. Sick of sitting on the off-ramp with no cross traffic wasting gas and emitting plenty of pollution. Of course that’s okay but gas appliances aren’t.

Posted by MPvoter
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 3, 2023 at 10:07 am

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Landscaping will be a welcome change. However. I’m quite surprised to see that irrigation is planned. In a drought plagued area. You should install all native species that can survive on natural rainfall.
Please take this opportunity to set an example. Demonstrate how native plants can make a beautiful landscape and support pollinators at the very least.

Posted by MPvoter
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 3, 2023 at 10:30 am

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Our neighborhood lacks sufficient water as it is. We need to add more housing options. Those new folks will need water for daily living. And we will need to have sufficient water pressure to function.

We as a community should prioritize human needs for such a precious resource.

Even prioritizing human needs, we can still have beautiful landscaping, which enhances our lives in so many ways. Native plants can thrive without irrigation.

Please redesign the cloverleaf landscape plan exclusively using native plants.

Posted by Mahonia
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 3, 2023 at 3:13 pm

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In both our current and past yard, we removed the lawn and landscaped with native groundcovers, shrubs, trees. To me this is important -- it conserves water and other resources and it provides critical sustenance for local birds, pollinators, etc. Aesthetically, it enhances the native beauty of our area. So I definitely agree that native plants are the way to go for the 101-Willow interchange. BUT I notice the comments suggesting that irrigation be skipped. No matter how carefully selected nearly all transplanted native plants WILL require some irrigation to survive the first 2-3 years.
Landscaping with native plants will definitely conserve water and other resources. But it will still require some form of irrigation to carry it through the initial years.

Posted by MPvoter
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Sep 3, 2023 at 8:49 pm

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Mahonia, that is absolutely true. Initial irrigation is critical.

Posted by Jimboreno
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 4, 2023 at 10:01 pm

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I well remember those trees. The redwoods would have held their own in Big Basin. There may have been large mature valley or coast live oaks into the bargain as well. Their obliteration is a facet of the quality of life deterioration brought about by Jobs, Zuckerberg, Larry and Sergey, that other Larry (Ellison), and all too many others. They're the real weeds around here--not those intrepid pioneers currently holding down the soil at that intersection.

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