Seeking input on Lower Alpine Trail — community meetings and walking tour scheduled

by Linda Hubbard on September 11, 2011

The Lower Alpine Trail extends from the Menlo Park city border through unincorporated Menlo Park (San Mateo County) along Alpine Road to the Portola Valley border. The trail is used by pedestrians and bicyclists. The County is hosting two community meetings, which will be identical in format and content, to gather information regarding:

  • The current conditions on the Lower Alpine Trail
  • Concepts for improving the trail, including width and location, and moving Alpine Road
  • Community support for improving the trail

The meetings will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Ladero Oaks Swim and Tennis Club at 3249 Alpine Rd. in Portola Valley. San Mateo County staff will provide background information and attendees will have the opportunity to study concept maps.

The County will also host a guided walking tour of the trail on Sept. 17 beginning at 9:00 am. Please park at the Ladera Professional Center located at the intersection of La Mesa Drive and Alpine Rd., which will be the tour departare point.

Based on comments at the meetings and those delivered via email (, County staff will report back to the community with potential recommendations at two public meetings, also at Ladera Oaks Swim, on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Like the two earlier meetings, they will be identical in information.

Stanford University has offered San Mateo County up to $10.2 million to improve the trail and to move Alpine Road further from San Francisquito Creek in certain areas to improve sight lines and limit erosion. Stanford is required to offer the funding under a January 2006 agreement with Santa Clara County to offset some of the environmental impact from building on campus.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors rejected the offer in 2008 and again in 2010. Under the terms of the January 2006 agreement, the offer will be withdrawn at the end of this year unless the date is extended by Stanford and San Mateo County. If the offer is withdrawn the money will be paid to Santa Clara County. The Board of Supervisors in July authorized San Mateo County staff to conduct a public outreach campaign to hear from members of the public.

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