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County Receives 15 Applications Proposing Projects to Mitigate Loss of Recreational Opportunities on Stanford’s Campus

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara has received 15 applications for recreational projects from agencies vying for a share of the $10.4 million set aside to mitigate a loss of recreational opportunities on the Stanford University campus, due to development approved under Stanford’s 2000 General Use Permit (GUP).
“We are pleased with the response from the community,” said President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.  “We look forward to the analysis by staff and to selecting the best possible projects.”
The proposed projects are from six agencies that are vying for a share of the $10.4 million set aside for alternative mitigation, including:  
City of Menlo Park
·        Sand Hill Road Pathway
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
·        Alpine Pond Trail and Boardwalk Project
·        El Corte De Madera Creek Staging Area and Trails Project
·        Mindego Gateway Project
·        Ravenswood Bay Trail Connection Project
·        Red Barn Picnic Area and Trails Project
Stanford University/City of Palo Alto
·        Stanford Perimeter Trail
·        Park Blvd Bicycle Boulevard
·        Matadero Creek Trail
·        Adobe Creek Overcrossing of Highway 101
·        Arastradero Road C-2 Trail Upgrades
Town of Los Altos Hills
·        Fremont Road Pedestrian Equestrian and Bicycle Trail Project
Town of Portola Valley
·        Ford Field Renovation/Expansion Project
·        Spring Down Park Project
·        Triangle Park Expansion Project
“There is wide interest in this opportunity, including large and small projects,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, District 5.  “The administration will conduct a thorough review and submit recommendations to the Board this fall.”
A description of each project is available on the County’s web portal at
In 2000, the County approved Stanford University’s GUP for new academic and housing development on campus. One of the significant impacts identified in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was an adverse effect on recreational opportunities and an increase in the demand for such facilities due to the new housing approved on the campus. To mitigate this impact, Stanford University was required to, among other actions, dedicate two trail easements to the public. One trail has been constructed and opened to the public. However, completion of the second trail did not occur in accordance with a Trails Agreement between the County of Santa Clara and Stanford. This triggered a provision in the Trails Agreement requiring Stanford to make a payment to the County to identify and fund alternate mitigation projects.  $10.4 million is available one-time for this purpose.
Media Contact:Gwendolyn Mitchell/Shirley Zackor, Office of Public Affairs(408) 299-5119; Sylvia Gallegos, Office of the County Executive(408) 299-5107
Posted: September 12, 2012