News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 08/12/2013
Subject :

City to Begin Work on Golf Course in Preparation for Flood Protection Project
Contact : Joe Teresi, Senior Engineer    650-329-2129
Palo Alto, CA - Preparatory work is scheduled to begin this week on the San Franciscquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) flood protection, ecosystem and recreation project, which will impact the City of Palo Alto's Municipal Golf Course. An initial phase of work involves the importation and stockpiling of soil on designated portions of the Golf Course for future use as fill for new levees and on the Golf Course. Later this year, the Palo Alto City Council is expected to approve a plan to modernize and renovate the entire Golf Course.

Beginning the importation of soil now will enable the levee portion of the creek project and Golf Course renovation to get underway as soon as possible in 2014. To accommodate the soil stockpile area, several holes on the Course will be shortened with the par score of the Course reduced from 72 to 67. The Course will remain open for public use until spring 2014.

Starting later this week, approximately 90 trees will be removed to make room for the soil stockpile. Beginning August 19, soil hauling will occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. via Embarcadero Road to Geng Road. The soil importation is anticipated to continue until the arrival of winter rains and resume again in the spring.

Overall, the City’s proposed project to overhaul the entire Golf Course will require the removal of as many as 600 trees, which the City plans to replace with a smaller number of native trees, shrubs, and grasses more appropriate for the Baylands location. The balance of the mitigation for tree removal will take place at off-site locations that would benefit from an increased tree canopy appropriate for those locations. The City is partnering with nonprofit organizations including Canopy, Acterra and Magic on the specifics of the tree mitigation plan. The goal is the replacement within ten years of the removed tree canopy.

For more information the Golf Course renovation project, click here. The San Francisquito Creek JPA has information about its projects posted here.