|A representative of Palo Alto's planning department pointed
out that the routing we suggest into the Arastradero Preserve
runs through dense poison oak just south of I-280, and suggests
that a routing southwest along an existing road to the northwest
side of the Preserve would be better.
||This would put part of the trail in unincorporated Santa Clara
County, instead of just Palo Alto. It's a better routing, but
more complex politically.
|A Menlo Park City Council member has indicated that the Sand
Hill Road bridge over San Francisquito Creek between Palo Alto
and Menlo Park is scheduled for seismic improvements, and it
may be possible to put a trail bridge alongside when that work
is done. Funding for this may be available as part of the Sand
Hill Project commitments.
||Good news. Needs followup.
|A member of the Santa Clara County planning staff has indicated
that the county does intend to insist on the dedication of County
Trails S-1 and C-1 over Stanford land as part of the permitting
process. However, the other trails in the "Dish" area
are not currently included in that requirement.
Some good, some bad. A commitment to permanent open space
is crucial, but the County Trail Plan isn't the vehicle for
obtaining it. See SOS-alliance.
|Parking on Stanford Avenue near Junipero Serra for trail users
remains a problem, and is a major
issue with some College Terrace residents.
||More work is needed on staging areas. For now, we suggest
using the Piers Road gate (off Alpine near I-280), where there's
usually parking at the Webb Ranch fruit stand. (Good deals on
late-summer corn in late September.)
|The City of Palo Alto is working on a new trail plan for the
Arastadero Preserve. Amphion Environmental and Thomas Reed &
Associates have been hired as consultants on this.
||Our proposal for the Matadero Creek trail has it connecting
to the Arastadero Preserve, and this is compatible with Palo
|The City of Palo Alto is working to get a trail through from
the Baylands Preserve to Skyline. The trail routing reaches
Junipero Serra via Stanford Avenue. Routing beyond that point
is unclear at this time.
||Consider routing the Matadero Creek trail further west to
come out at Stanford Avenue, instead of dead-ending in the industrial
|Routing a trail through the Stanford Golf Course would heavily
impact the golf course. There's a very narrow section of golf
course between the end of Rural Lane and the undeveloped land
in the center of the course west of the Dish, and fitting in
a trail would be tough.
||Routing further east, around the golf course, may be better.
Options include from Sand Hill north of the creek to Stock Farm,
to Campus Drive, to Golf Course Drive, along the edge of the
golf course, to the Dish loop, to Piers Road and back to Alpine.
An additional spur along Junipero Serra between Campus Drive
and Alpine Road would be required to connect to the Alpine Road
trail in San Mateo County.
draft of the Community Plan , under Implementation
Tasks, calls for one trail to be built in 2002, and the
second trail before Stanford builds 1,000,000 square feet of
||Try to get a more accelerated schedule through the County.
|The San Mateo County Trail Advisory Committe is working on
trails for Alpine Road and Sand Hill Road, both to terminate
at Junipero Serra.
||Increases importance of links along Junipero Serra between
Alpine and Campus, and along Sand Hill from Junipero Serra to