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Guest opinion: Please open Foothills Park to all

Original post made on Jun 21, 2020

In a guest opinion, Cupertino resident Geoff Paulsen, who is a member of the family that owned the property that became Foothills Park, calls on the Palo Alto park to be opened to everyone.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 21, 2020, 10:55 AM


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Posted by Puzzled
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 21, 2020 at 11:51 am

I am extremely puzzled by this article. There’s such a rule in this city? I am so ashamed of being a resident in this city.

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Posted by Derek Taylor
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2020 at 11:57 am

I dont agree. I grew up in Palo Alto and couldn't afford to live there now. A Sunnyvale resident, whos also lived in San Jose for many years Foothills Park has always maintained a perfectly kept park, quiet, uncrowded, unspoiled and to open this up to more people of any sort would, i believe ruin it. We always took friends up from other cities growing up in palo alto and i have no problem enlisting the help of an official palo alto resident when planning a picnic today. If you are not understanding my trepidation, check out Rinconada Park on any holiday weekend and see what "open to everyone" looks like at a city of palo alto park. Yikes. Palo Alto should either keep it as is, or if you open it up dont allow more people into the park each day than have come up from Palo Alto in the past. Minimal traffic, pollution and carbon footprint. Reservations made years in advance like other similar destinations (Filoli, Hearst Castle)

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Posted by Jo McClean
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 21, 2020 at 12:44 pm

I once witnessed a stealthy bobcat stalking a doe - as the grazing mother deer stood a short distance away in Foothill Park. It was a moment in Nature I have always treasured witnessing. *Momma deer became alerted to the danger and instantly moved closer to her offspring in highly protective mode. The bobcat reconsidered his intended move to take down the baby deer and retreated to the brush, re-assessing the situation. It was many years ago, but I would NOT have been able to witness had I not been with a friend with a PA drivers license accepted at the gate. Being a Menlo Park resident I could not THEN nor cannot NOW go to Park, and I regret it's exclusivity. This article is a sincere plea for opening the preserve. I say, AMEN to Mr. Paulsen's reasoning. As an East Coast native, I have always been impressed with CA's law (unlike Atlantic Ocean waterfront) making EXCLUSION to ALL Pacific beach access ILLEGAL. The oceanfront in CA belongs to the public by law and cannot be privatized. I hope Palo Alto can re-think it's exclusivity to this Park. Perhaps charge some admission fee to non-residents, rather than turn people away. ~JMc