Stanford Foothills recreation area

Locals used to getting a daily or weekly Big Dish fix will need to find other hills to walk or jog up and down when the Big Dish area on the Stanford campus closes for two weeks starting July 21. After undergoing maintenance, it is scheduled to re-open on August 4.

“The Dish area has been closed for a brief period for the past few years in order to allow a coordination of maintenance activities, including maintenance of service roads and walking paths and care of trees and plants,” emailed Ernest Miranda, Stanford’s Senior Director of Media Relations.  “Completely closing the area to the public actually minimizes the amount of time it takes to do such maintenance. If possible, access will be re-opened earlier than August 4.”

Last summer the Big Dish area was closed for a few days in August, the result of a small grass fire near the “little” Dish. The cause was determined to be a bird that hit a power line.

A one-week closure took place in August, 2016. Work included service road and walking-path maintenance, storm-pipe repair and tree watering and mulching.

In 2015, the Dish was closed for a full-month as part of the Stanford Perimeter Trail work, which also included the construction of  potable water line in the vicinity of the Alpine Gate, repaving the road between the Alpine Gate and the Dish structure, and installing protective fencing in sensitive California tiger salamander areas.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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