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Spring 2000

Park News

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

The Town of Portola Valley plans more roadwork on Alpine Road this summer and will also repair the Eagle Trail, which parallels Alpine and connects Razorback Ridge Trail with Hamms Gulch Trail. The trail has been largely closed since El Nino storms washed out major stretches. Kevin Rohani, Public Works Director for PV, said that work on the road and the trail would occur between mid-July and November. Due to the nature of the work, the Eagle Trail, as well as portions of Alpine Road between Meadowbrook Dr. and Joaquin Rd. will be once again closed off.

Alpine Road/Coal Creek Open Space Preserve

Repairs to the large slide that destroyed a section of the dirt portion of Alpine Road between Joaquin Rd. and Page Mill Road remain as a low priority to San Mateo County, but John Escobar of MROSD reports that plans for improving the singletrack bypass will go before the Board of Directors soon. He expects work to take place in late summer or fall, depending on approval and staff availability. The existing trail is a very steep and badly eroded informal trail that has been the only means of access for several years.

Alum Rock Park

The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority board members voted in favor of a plan to purchase the Kirk property, a 534 acre parcel which lies to the north of San Jose’s Alum Rock Park (which is 720 acres in size). The open space board hopes that the city of San Jose may help out with the pur-chase and/or patrolling of the prop-erty, but the city seems to be resisting, partially due to waiting for the completion of a plan for city parks, due in August.

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