Environmental Review Paves Way Toward Adoption of Parks Master Plan
Palo Alto is taking the final steps toward adoption of its Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan. This month, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of the draft plan began, and Council will also review the draft Master Plan at its meeting on Monday, May 22.
Then on Tuesday, May 23 as part of the environmental review process, a public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers as part of the monthly Parks and Recreation Meeting. The community is invited to share its feedback at this meeting to ensure the policies and programs in the plan will not have a significant impact on the environment and the community.
Following the hearing, staff plans to return to Council in late June 2017 to request adoption of the finalized master plan report and CEQA document.
Palo Alto has 36 parks and open space preserves covering approximately 4,165 acres, plus over 40 miles of trails. Last summer, the public was invited to take a feedback survey and share their vision for the 25-year Master Plan. The goal of the Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan is to gain clear guidance on future renovations, capital improvement projects, and funding for parks, trails, open space and recreation facilities. It is also needed to ensure that open space and the needs of future generations are appropriately balanced. The last comprehensive Master Plan for the City's parks was completed in 1965.