Foothills Park Revised Visitor Capacity & Related Entrance Closure Cha

Published on February 04, 2021

New Foothills Park Visitor Capacity Limits in Place

With recent Council approval, the visitor capacity at Foothills Park was changed to 400 people at any one time (approximately 160 vehicles). This change went into effect on February 2. When the visitor capacity is reached, the Foothills Park entrance will close and reopen after 1-2 hours, depending on how many people exit the park. To help with reducing vehicles lining up at the gate, staff will turn on the digital sign located on Page Mill Road and list the specific time the park will reopen. Visitors are encouraged to travel to Foothills Park by taking Page Mill Road, so they are informed if the park entrance is closed.  

These approaches and other actions are to help manage the number of visitors in the park at one time and provide a safe, enjoyable and consistent experience for parkgoers, while protecting the natural resources at Foothills. While hikers and cyclists may continue to enter Foothills, visitors should note that parking is prohibited along most streets near the Foothills entrance gate. Blocking traffic on Page Mill Road is also prohibited.  

If Foothills Park is at capacity, we encourage you to visit one of Palo Alto's other open spaces or parks or return at a later time. 

Recent Council Actions on Establishing a Park Fee 

On Monday, February 1, 2021, the City Council approved the final step needed to implement a temporary vehicle entrance fee. Work is underway to implement the $6 per vehicle entry fee on the weekends and holidays starting February 27 and a weekday fee implementation to begin later in the Spring. Several other actions were referred to the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider and they plan on discussing an annual pass option (as well as visitor capacity limit) at a special meeting next week on February 11.  

Seeking Foothills Park Docent Volunteers! 

The City is seeking docent volunteers to help welcome visitors, answer questions and share Foothills Park information, and other support opportunities. If interested, please email Community Services at 

Our local Foothills Park partners are seeking volunteers too! Check out these partner volunteer opportunities: 

  • Grassroots Ecology manages habitat restoration projects throughout Silicon Valley and provides environmental stewardship and education opportunities for youth and adults.  

  • Environmental Volunteers promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. Through this environmental science education, children and adults become inspired by the natural world and responsible stewards of the environment. 

  • Friends of Foothills Park are a small but mighty volunteer group dedicated to the preservation of the park’s natural resources and conservation of its natural features and scenic values. To inquire about volunteering, email City staff at 


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