Rinconada is Palo Alto's second oldest park (after El Camino). Established in 1922, it was originally called Waterworks after a nearby well and reservoir. Two years later it was renamed Rinconada (Spanish for corner) through a contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. (Rinconada was taken from Rancho Rinconada del Arroyo de San Francisquito, the Spanish land grant that Palo Alto was part of.)
The Purpose and the Goal of the Long Range Plan
The purpose of the Rinconada Park Long Range Plan is an evaluation of the Park and it’s amenities to guide future improvements and renovations. Analyzing current site conditions as well as community uses (both locale and regional) to provide insight into how the park is currently being utilized and indentify areas that the park is under serving. The park analysis will be used to prepare a Long Range Plan for park development, maintaining and supporting the amenities in the park and addressing insufficiencies. The Long Range Plan will be divided in phases allowing for its implementation over time to spread out the cost of renovations. The goal of the Long Range Plan is to prepare a plan that will guide future improvement and renovation of Rinconada Park well into the future.