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Palo Alto moves to expand access to 'residents-only' Foothills Park

Original post made on Aug 4, 2020

Palo Alto's prolonged and polarizing debate over whether nonresidents should be allowed to visit Foothills Park moved toward a compromise on Monday, when the City Council agreed to expand access to the pristine and exclusive preserve.

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Posted by Community Minded
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2020 at 2:52 pm

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Come on, Palo Alto! You can share, and we can all take good care of your nice park. The focus on who paid for the park and owns it is ridiculous. Of course, other cities in the area own their parks — and are able to share with non-residents.

Posted by just_jay
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm

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I love the argument that more people would harm the park. So as many Palo Alto residents can visit as they want, and it's ok. But absolutely zero non-Palo Altans can visit, because that would harm the park. That's special logic they use in Palo Alto. (And previous stories indicated that attendance has been down in recent years from prior levels, so it's not like it's right on the edge of harm.)

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2020 at 9:57 am

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"desegregate" - that makes a lot more specific case than 'eliminate racism'. The later won't happen because much of that mindset is tied up in class elitism. Sub-middle class equates to some as sub-deserving.

Why is Foothill segregated? Class segregation (wealthy-vs) and racial segregation (more specifically the non-whites in East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City.)

I'm glad to hear one conservationist leader (Mytels) , counter the segregationist rants of the several Audubon members and leaders! "It's for the birds!" Sure is!

Posted by TN
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm

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"This is one of the most progressive cities in the country..."

Just like Trump is the "least racist person you will ever meet"

Posted by Local
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm

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Just an aside here.... but the only way for Palo Alto residents to drive to access "their" park, is on roads actually located within Los Altos Hills borders, right?? Hummmmm

Posted by Justin Case
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2020 at 11:36 am

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Why bother venturing where one is not welcome?

If Palo Alto wishes to keep Foothills Park exclusively reserved for its residents, so be it.

The park was financed by PA residents exclusive of federal assistance.

Thus and unlike many MV parks which are often overun by non-MV residents, Foothill Park entrance limitations preserve its ecosystem.

Suggestion...go to Shoreline or Los Trancos instead & quit complaining.