News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

12/3/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 12/03/2010
Subject :

Greer Park Dedication Ceremony on December 11
"Scott Meadow" Named in Honor of Longtime Palo Alto Residents Jean and Charles Scott
Contact : Greg Betts, Director of Community Services    650-463-4951
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto and the Midtown Residents Association will be co-sponsoring a dedication ceremony for the Greer Park Renovation Project on Saturday, December 11 at 1 PM at the corner of Colorado Avenue and West Bayshore Road. The event will feature light refreshments and presentations by Mayor Pat Burt, City Manager James Keene, Public Art Commission Chair Terry Acebo-Davis and representatives of the Midtown Residents Association. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend this special event to celebrate the dedication of the City's latest park improvements.

According to Director of Community Services Director Greg Betts, “The completion of Greer Park is a significant milestone made possible through the tireless efforts of neighborhood residents working cooperatively with City staff to achieve a mutual long-term goal.”  

Greer Park has been developed in phases, beginning with the initial park dedication of five acres along Amarillo Avenue in 1965. The park was expanded in 1980 and again in 1990. The City Council awarded the $1.2 million construction contract for the fourth and final phase of park development in December 2009. The most recent park improvements were designed by the firm Callander Associates Landscape Architecture, with substantial design input from the members of the Midtown Residents Association.  

The work includes the replacement of the entire park irrigation system and reclaimed water mixing station, replacement of the children’s playground equipment, expansion of the dog run area, relocation of the Public Art sculpture Filaree from the Municipal Service Center to Greer Park, planting of additional trees, and the development of the Colorado Avenue/West Bayshore Road corner as a passive park and picnic area.

The new section of park has been named “Scott Meadow” in honor of longtime Midtown residents Jean and Charles Scott, “for their perseverance and tenacity in establishing Greer Park.”  The ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque recognizing the Scotts, who moved to Palo Alto in the 1960s and worked tirelessly as advocates for the development of Greer Park to serve Midtown and the surrounding neighborhoods of south Palo Alto.  

Midtown resident Sheri Furman notes that “Jean and Charles advocated with several generations of City management for the completion of Greer Park. After 35 years of hard work, their original dream is being fulfilled. The members of the Midtown Residents Association are delighted that all generations of the Scotts will have a permanent reminder of Jean and Charles’ life-long commitment to completing Greer Park for the benefit of their neighbors.”



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