Responses for Share your ideas for the future of Town Center

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2: dog park, see notes earlier, small one like one at san antonion and elcamino behind shopping center, clean, fenced, nice area not only for dogs but for residents to chat rather than so much open space of drainage
3: see note above need more benches
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09/16/2016
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09/11/2016
1: Daylighting the creek! Restoring the natural creek is my priority!
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4: It just feels natural and part of the PV ethos.
09/15/2016
1: Leave as is. It is very nice
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09/16/2016
1: Keep the focus on blending in to the environment. Open the rest of the creek. DOG PARK!
2: A dog park. We need a fenced-in area where dog owners can bring their dogs to play. This not only helps the dogs and their families, it makes for more socialized, friendly, and well-behaved dogs (and sometimes, owners too!). This is a real need!
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4: I love the Redwood Grove! I think we should make sure to keep those trees happy, even during the drought.
09/10/2016
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2: It would be nice to see more classes at the town center for children and adults. This might mean more amenities (classroom space).
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09/16/2016
1: A community space for sharing and learning new skills
2: The addition of a room as a maker space would be interesting, with capabilities of a 3D printer, woodshop, and electronics (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, robotics, etc.). In combination with a talk/seminar, this could be quite community-building.
3: Stanford seminars (health, engineering, art), MakerFaire, TechShop, ACM seminars.
4: The library is wonderful. It would be even better if it was open on Sundays as well.
09/16/2016
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4: We like it as it is - people actually come to PV to escape from their hectic schedules, escape from traffic and noice (as long as the airplanes abide by the required altitude) , escape from too many organized events....PV is the place where people come to relax, to engage in physical activity, to socialize with others, to spend family time.......People come to PV to enjoy our open space, to explore our trails, to use our tennis courts, our soccer field, our baseball field, our toddler park .....Please love our bike paths....Please do not change it, but maintain it. It is just perfect!
09/16/2016
1: Opening the rest of Sausal Creek; working out safer overflow parking for Town events; finding a way to ensure that the MUR can be used by the PV residents for more entertainment events that are not linked to local non-profits. Current rules for the MUR are highly restrictive and bureaucratic.
2: Completing the daylighting of Sausal Creek; installing a post office and coffee shop next to the Sheriffs offices; and a designated dog park. Would also like to see more varied and cheaper classes for teenagers and adults at Town Center (toddler to elementary school already over-compensated) with 'drop in' possibility for fitness classes. Again, would like Town to find a way to allow the residents to use the MUR as a real community room more often. Current rules limiting and pedantic.
3: Other Towns that have community halls, allow their community to use them. You can find that inspiration in almost every town except Portola Valley. To be unable to host events/parties without large fees and attachment to a non-profit is not egalitarian, smacks of exclusivity and is unfair to those on more restricted incomes. The building is there, let it be used.
4: Like most of the Town Center as it is, but feel that there are so much more sporting activities encouraged with the land use, rather than cultural/intellectual ones. Cultural Arts and the library obviously tries to fill this void where and when they can, but maybe more financial support from the Town/sponsorship of teenage to senior events would help those over the age of 13 feel less ostracized and neglected. Find it frankly ridiculous that the MUR can only be booked by local committees and non-profits. How about giving out a number of dates for different groups to use the facilities without huge fees and donations? Current MUR regulations rule out art exhibitions, book fairs, Town wide music/entertainment nights with food and bar, craft exhibits, shows. Too narrow minded. Live a little? Enjoy the library, creek, Farmer's Market and the sadly few community events such as the outdoor concerts, town picnic and speaker series, but have no interest in more sporting facilities. Living where we do, why on earth would anyone want more delineated sporting structures/areas?
09/09/2016
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2: I'd love to see a fully fenced in dog park. Ideas expressed by others for a cafe/bakery/coffee place are also nice ... hadn't thought of that myself. :)
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09/09/2016
1: If you want kids to come freely to play and use the library, you need to have a safe route to CMS and ORM schools and safe crossings for weekend "travel" by foot and bike to and from town center.
2: A trail that goes from CMS and ORM that is clearly marked and crosswalk at Grove that is crossable by small children. That crosswalk is now dangerous as cars do not stop. I agree with other comments that coffee or cafe would really bring people to town center.
3: Do NOT put in a dog park. I'm a dog owner, and the concept is nice, but am concerned it will bring more people to town to use the park, especially dog walkers who already come with packs of dogs and walk the trails. Right now, residents know they can meet on the field to have dogs play / socialize but if word gets out we have a dog park it will be very different. Town center should be for residents, most of who have large yards for their dogs to run, not for visitors. For example, many in town love to bike, but people come from all over to bike here .... causing congestion, anger among local drivers, etc. Please don't bring more "traffic" to town.
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09/10/2016
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2: I would like to see a nice Dog Park, (Open Space Spring Down field) maybe in order to keep its use to PV residents, a small annual fee could be charged for those wanting to use it with an entry gate using a fab key. Keys exist for (Woodside) horse trails, why not for a dog park? I would be happy to pay a small annual fee in order for our dog to socialize and romp, plus giving us, the owners, an opportunity to socialize. I would like to see more seating around the Town Center where people could come and sit and chat. The Windy Hill Trails Parking lot is often full, can we not have a trail head starting at the Town Center with another parking lot instead of hikers having to park along Portola Rd. which must be unpleasant for people living above all the cars.
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09/18/2016
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2: It would be fantastic to see a cafe at Town Center. It would be an informal meeting spot and add greatly to the sense of community. I'm imagining something like Coupa Cafe or Cafe Borrone - coffee, beer and wine, a mix of food items at affordable price points, casual so it is family-friendly. Community events are fantastic - the town picnic, summer concerts, and flight night stand out in particular for a family with three young kids. It would be nice to see more programming around holidays - 4th of July as an example - so that PV residents could stay local vs. going to other communities to celebrate.
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09/13/2016
1: Continuing the variety of activities that go on there. Gatherings like the picnic, classes like yoga, garden club, the farmer's market, voting at the Little Red School House, the creek where kids play, events like Earth Day and science days/nights. The resources of the library and the events they put on.
2: Maybe more gatherings for adults. Art classes for adults. Art experiences for adults. Craft events for adults. Open up more of the creek. More teen gatherings. A dog park. Fun bingo nights. Bingo can be funny and entertaining.
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4: I do love it as it is. I tried to indicate events I like above in 1.
09/09/2016
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4: I like that we can use the open space for our dogs. My experience is we all clean up after our dogs and help each other spot the "deposits" Let's leave the casual approach that seems to work for so many of us alone.
09/16/2016
1: I am in favor of daylighting the rest of the creek. You have an opportunity to add to one of your best landscaping features and it natural which is also a plus.
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09/16/2016
1: No more structures please. The one thing that is still unfinished business is daylighting the rest of the creek. As major funders of the first section of daylighting we would love to see it all see the light of day ;)!.
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09/09/2016
1: Social - I think the town needs more gathering places - a cafe, a coffee bar, bar - outdoor seating area - more opportunities to stay in touch with acquaintances can increase the chance of friendships and improve the sense of community.
2: Cafe, coffee bar, bar - outdoor seating - places to meet and talk
3: France - I think the French create community through the numerous fetes and gatherings that take place each year in towns throughout France - there is always something going on with fairy lights lighting the grass areas and tressle tables filled with food and wine and seating - it's like the farmers market with wine, music and dancing!
4: It is already a beautiful center, you did a great job! It has space and activities for all ages.
08/20/2016
1: Programs and activities for ALL age groups. More choices for senior adults. This article is informative and worthy of your consideration: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/opinion/sunday/youre-how-old-well-be-in-touch.html?_r=0
2: Affordable housing. We should restructure the corporation yard and Sheriff's Office area to provide at least two affordable housing units.
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08/30/2016
1: The current town center is really nice. I'd like any changes to be modest evolution rather than any big revolution. For long term future planning, I'd like the town to make sure that there won't ever be any significant building on the land behind the town center site.
2: I'm pleased with what exists already. The one thing that I'd like to see significantly expanded is the demonstration garden. I'd like to see a range of ecosystems. I'd also like to see examples of low water irrigation techniques (smart irrigation controllers, advanced sprinkler nozzles and drip systems, perhaps graywater reuse, etc.). And it all needs to be maintained very well and documented well. The point would be so that residents would have good local examples that they could see for local native plants with water-efficient irrigation techniques.
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4: It is a great gathering space for town events. I know that parking can be a little challenging at times, but its nice to not have too much of the land paved over. The current approach of using overflow parking at the church next door seems like a perfect compromise to me.
08/20/2016
1: a safe dog park
2: a safe dog park
3: every town seems to have a successfully run dog park with the exception of Woodside and PV
4: Town center is beautiful and well maintained, but a dog park would make it perfect
08/20/2016
1: Keep it simple, and don't spend too much money
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4: I'm quite happy with the town center, and give thumbs up to the people who, 15 years ago, had a vision for what it could be. I'm skeptical of this new process... who decided we needed to plan the next generation, and why are we opening this issue up? I'm glad the town center is useful for the things it's being used for now, and I don't see a need to spend time and money making it something else.
08/21/2016
1: Keep it beautiful, simple, and wonderfully open as it is. No more paving or buildings, we have enough of that on the Penisula. PV really is a sacred oasis and I believe we must honor and maintain its wild, natural aesthetic. So grateful for how it already looks!!! It was so well thought out by the founding residents. Well done and let's honor what makes PV so beautiful, its simple, organic, non-manicured, splendor.
2: I think the summer music events are wonderful and it would be nice to see more of these. And it could be a variety of musical events, classical, jazz, acoustic?
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4: I said this above, so here is a repeat of that...Keep it beautiful, simple, and wonderfully open as it is. No more paving or buildings, we have enough of that on the Penisula. PV really is a sacred oasis and I believe we must honor and maintain its wild, natural aesthetic. So grateful for how it already looks!!! It was so well thought out by the founding residents. Let's honor this legacy and what makes PV so beautiful -- its simple, organic, non-manicured, splendor.
08/21/2016
1: a fenced dog park
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08/22/2016
1: bicycle pump track, creek daylighing.
2: bicycle pump track on springdown property.
3: santa clara and santa cruz seem to be getting it right. look at their plans for an outdoor sports park planned in the south hills area of santa clara and velocity bike park in felton. http://www.svmtb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IMBA-BIKE-PART-IMAGES3.jpg http://www.svmtb.org/2015/05/break-news-svmtb-has-received-a-15000-grant-from-rei/ http://santacruz.hilltromper.com/article/felton-bike-park-update
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08/22/2016
1: 1. Family friendly 2. Dog friendly 3. Blends in with surrounding nature
2: 1. bicycle pump track 2. dedicated field for dogs that's always available.
3: Truckee has a great pump track
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08/22/2016
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08/22/2016
1: Maintain its natural beauty, and more or less keep it the same
2: A cafe, like a Starbucks or something where people could grab a bite to eat. Even a full service restaurant would be lovely, and people could eat out on the grassy fields.
3: No suggestion for this, town center is great in being uniquely amazing
4: Love the big open fields, the many events and town picnics, and the overall sense of community
08/27/2016
1: Usable, friendly, accessible community space with great programming that still preserves the nature and rural environment of PV.
2: A town pool would be amazing (we use Ladera Rec), a climbing wall, a farmer's market that stays open till 6:30 or 7. Important to connect with others' plans - what is Windmill planning, Alpine Hills, etc.
3: We love Ladera Rec as well as Menlo Park's Burgess Center - picnic area, library, pool, sport facilities, etc. - though we recognize that Menlo Park is a larger community.
4: Love the groves, lawns and open spaces and the little people's park. Library is fabulous. Community buildings are great but seem underutilized and classes there are quite expensive (apparently because of the fees charged by the town center).
08/27/2016
1: Please keep Town Center as natural as possible with no additional buildings, commercial enterprises (e.g. chain stores such as Starbucks, restaurants, cafes) or pavement. There are plenty of those things in surrounding towns and lovely to come to PV to get away from those things and enjoy natural setting, beautiful views, and open space.
2: Would be great to find ways to lower the high costs of the classes in TC, and have additional offerings evenings/weekends.
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4: Privilege to live here in PV and to have a natural open area to play in, beautiful library with great staff, activities and resources and playing fields/play structures.
09/07/2016
1: To quietly blend into the surrounding natural environment.
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4: I like it the way it is because it answers all needs: library, offices, playgrounds, meeting rooms, walking trail, and blends with surroundings. We are a small town; keep the Town Center small!!
09/11/2016
1: Leave the Springdown property mostly alone - perhaps add a few picnic tables and benches. DO NOT open the creek further. The current "creek" is, at most, a rivulet and opening it further would serve no purpose nor fill any "need" for the citizens of the town. Also, further opening of the creek would require relocation of the baseball field - both expensive and disruptive to those who use the ball field.
2: A dog park is essential. Currently, the soccer field is used, illegally, as a dog park. Why not enclose it and make it legal to allow dogs to be off-leash there during certain hours (as is the case at Burgess Park in Menlo Park). Alternatively, an area near Portola Road on the Springdown property could become a dog park. With the number of dogs in this town, it would certainly serve many of our residents to have a local, LEGAL, dog park.
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09/07/2016
1: Maintaining the current variety of uses, while considering new features and added capacity. The TC has been, in many ways, a victim of its own success--some of the problems we face now result from the popularity of the site.
2: I know the Library has been more crowded at times; it would be great to find ways to alleviate that. I know there is consideration of daylighting the rest of Sausal Creek; I support that idea if it can be done without compromising the highly popular playing fields.
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09/07/2016
1: The town has done a great job of making this a friendly space. It is a pleasure to come to, beautiful from the road ... A true asset for our community. Let's keep the native plantings, rustic-yet modern building feel, winding pathways, etc.
2: 1. A dog area where dogs can be off leash. Their are many dogs in the community and the center does not currently accommodate them well. 2. A pool. Having a town pool would be a great addition. 3. BBQ areas. This would be great for warm summer nights. And could be reserved year round (including during summer concerts, and other town events). 4. Bocce ball. This is a great, relaxing, community friendly activity. 5. A "Community Director". This would be a person responsible for building community within Portola Valley. This could be done by organizing "chess in the park" ... We have plenty of picnic tables; a summer tennis tournament ... If we are going to use all that space for the courts, let's get some use out of them; field games; BBQs; let the creativity flow.
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4: I like a lot about the town center. Lead certification. The library. The baseball diamond, little people park, soccer field, plantings, picnic tables, parking, farmer's market, summer concerts, etc.
09/12/2016
1: To finally address the needs of EVERYBODY. Many people got a raw deal when the Town Center campus was re-designed. Each time we drive by the Town Center and look at the creek area, all we see are tall weeds, not a creek. We see a patch of expensive weeds (in the millions), of which the square footage of same, could have and should have been used as way to give back what was taken away.
2: 1. Three dedicated tennis courts. Having only two tennis courts limits the enjoyment of tennis players as a community and what they can do as a group. The baseball people are able to come together and enjoy the Town Center, the soccer people are able to come together and enjoy the Town Center, even the "unofficial" dog park people are able to come together. By taking a tennis court away from players, and leaving them only two, they are not able to enjoy the tennis courts as a group. They need three courts to do so. 2. Need a dedicated basketball court. The current, so called, basketball court is part basketball court, part skate ramp, part wasted space. 3. Need a dedicated dog park. What is that lawn area used for, other than a dog park in the mornings? That area is large enough to be turned into an official dog park AND an official basketball court.
3: Inspiration? Listen to those who have, along ago, thrown up their hands and given up.
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08/22/2016
1: Leave open space for play and restful relaxation. Avoid adding dog parks, sports facilities, or any other crowd-and-noise attracting amenities. Be true to the original vision of Portola Valley: rural and quiet. We've already lost so much.
2: I really like it just as it is. The concerts are wonderful, the Town picnic is wonderful. Please do NOT add any more hardscaping, buildings, or take over the lawn area. We do not need to use every square foot of space in some kind demonstrably educational way. Let people see the benefit of laying in the grass and looking at the sky. Relaxing with a book in the sunshine. Enjoying the peace that comes with greenery and quiet.
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4: Portola Valley is losing its rural quality as we pack more and more people in, and as the jet overflights increase the noise level. We need to maximize our open space and leave as much alone as possible, I think. They did an absolutely beautiful job with the Town Center. Now let's just be happy about it, and if we feel the need to spend money, spend it on other things (after upkeep and so forth of the Town Center.)
08/22/2016
1: We have a beautiful Town Center that is serving the community well. The focus should be on maintaining it at a high level.
2: A town vegetable garden in the Spring Down property would be a nice amenity. Residents could rent a plot each year to grow their own vegetables.
3: We should be continue to stay informed on the build environment. What are new inspirations in Town Center design and planning. Sustainability and the environment should be a key driver in our planning process.
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08/27/2016
1: Leaving well enough alone.
2: I would like to see some acknowledgment that this is a highly privileged community in an area that has great extremes between rich and poor.
3: I don't have specific suggestions other than to get beyond raptured navel-gazing.
4: The current Town Center complex is a beautiful facility that is about 150% of what the town needs. It exudes a sense of wealth and unironic self-satisfaction that is very much PV. The fact that much of it was privately funded is what keeps it from being genuinely embarrassing. It is amazing to me that we would consider further gilding this lily. If there is in fact money sloshing around waiting for a use, I would support any of the following before spending more on the Town Center: (i) affordable multifamily housing; (ii) trail improvements, utility undergrounding or other projects that would improve the physical environment of the Town; (iii) designating a sister town somewhere else in San Mateo County and supporting their efforts to build themselves a decent town center; (iv) if all else fails give the money back to the taxpayers.
08/23/2016
1: I like the TC. Open, simple. What we need to do is clean up the east side of Portola road from all those old dump buildings which detract from PV and just look like clutter. Make a real town center with character and unity of design, even if it is simple.
2: Trail head which connects to the open space, and some agreement with the owners of the road/property to the west to use the road for hiking/biking with a paved road. Access to the small railroad above?
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08/27/2016
1: Diverse activities, a place to spend time and meet up with other PV people. Would like a place that would be a natural place to go if you are meeting with some friends over coffee or brunch.
2: Cafes, brunch places,restaurants, bookstore, fruit stalls.
3: I returned from Europe and they seem to do really understand the combination of public spaces, food, small businesses, outdoor cafes, farmer's markets, and shaded outdoor places to sit. I was in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Bellagio Italy, and the spaces were so pleasant - you didn't need a reason to go with a book and hang out in the square. I was meeting a friend who ran 40 minutes late and it didn't matter.
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09/06/2016
1: further enrich the experiences possible. Minimizing maintenance and provide classes/learning opportunity.
2: See my previous comments. "It would be great to have more native flowering plants distributed and placards about the species names and natural uses. This may be asking too much but having a place for children to fish locally and safely would be a great use. The amount/size of holding water needed wouldn't need to be large. Just enough for children to experience the natural cycles of water and the life held within beyond a creek that drys up. This wouldn't be hard to do. Providing better and more inviting access to the Redwood circle behind the main building would be nice and a relief for parents who need to be able to see a child in the distance while at the picnic area for example. More play area built into the hard surfaces at the town buildings to encourage uses by children or adults. A path leading into the meadows/orchards behind the main buildings to allow safe and inviting exploring into those areas could also be useful. Bird habitats distributed around to show and provide refuge for the various birds of prey and birds around PV."
3: Many places outside the US, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Copenhagen. Also Portland.
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08/23/2016
1: Skate Ramp currently essentially ruins half the basketball court. Turning the ramp 90 degrees and putting up against the fence between the two 8 foot hoops would allow for both skating and basketball
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08/23/2016
1: Don't overbuild it. More sustainable features that were not priorities when the rebuild happened.
2: Cistern for rainwater catchment. Greywater usage. Work can spill outdoors from the library - would be nice to have something similar for town hall -an outdoor work patio. Shades for the community hall so it can be used for presentations and movies in the daylight. Cooking classes in the kitchen.
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4: It is terrific now. Esthetic, natural, low key. Lovely view of the hills. Indoor outdoor quality of buildings especially the library. A gathering place for many various groups - builds community.
08/23/2016
1: Maintain the open spaces and sport facilities that residents can and do all use.
2: I like the idea of opening more of the creek, but would not wish to see this have an impact on facilities already in place and well used.
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4: Town Center is wonderful as it is. It has become a meeting place, a place to hold all manner of events for different groups both indoors and out. This is its great success.
08/25/2016
1: Keep and maintain the native plantings.
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08/26/2016
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4: It's crazy that the town management wants a master plan for the center that is wonderful the way it is but does very little (unless really pressed) about the bigger issues in our town. Being proactive about the town center is a nice idea but don't neglect the real issues. Noise, traffic, crime, for example. We now have people renting out their houses to startups that increase the traffic in our small neighborhood. No restrictions there??? We have more AirBNB type situations occuring with no Laws/rules. For example, how many days a year can someone rent out their spaces? How close to a neighbors house is it appropriate to have an AirBNB type biz? Should a taller fence be created to give the neighbor more privacy and security? The center is wonderful! Keep it simple and look at fixing what needs to be fixed. Construction work happening afterhours, dangerous driving, everywhere. People parking RV's on the street. Drones flying in backyards. Please spend more time on real issues. Thanks!
08/28/2016
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08/28/2016
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2: Off leash dog play area. Increase evening adult Fitness and Dance classes. Bocce courts (bring your own bocce balls). Increase evening guest lecture events. Covered picnicking areas outside of toddler playground area. Food trucks and live music on Farmer's Market days are great idea but food lines very long- increase number of food trucks/event?
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08/29/2016
1: It would be nice if the library were expanded to include work spaces for people over the age of 18. For an example, visit the San Jose City Library, East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library, which has two excellent work spaces for adults. As it is, at PV Library, there is nowhere for grown ups to get away from the distraction of pre-school programs or after school kids, and it can get very noisy and raucous with lots of energetic kids in there.
2: It seems like a lovely place as it is and needs to be well maintained. Anything that can be done to make meeting rooms available to residents without costing an arm and a leg would be good.
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08/29/2016
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08/30/2016
1: see cafe idea below.
2: I don't think we have a great cafe with nice outdoor seating. Would be great to gather people at the town center. Maybe a place to work, meet people, and eat great food. Our restaurant options in the area generally aren't really fresh great food. It doesn't have to be expensive, just good quality. We could really use a good coffee place!
3: Calafia- good food, not terribly expensive, works well for families and general population Blue Bottle on University- love the beautiful outdoor space, like the idea that you can do work or have meetings on the patio, great way to bring neighbors together Atlas Cafe- San Francisco, patio is small but great with fun food and a good vibe Wreckingball Coffee- San Francisco, truly great coffee and beautiful space (no outside space)
4: Love the library and Painted Rhino (although it's a bit pricey). We love the park and the farmers markets too.
08/30/2016
1: Continue to find an effective balance between making it a very functional facility for all kinds of activities and retaining its rural ambiance.
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08/31/2016
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4: I think it is great. Love the whole environment.
09/01/2016
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09/03/2016
1: Parking is at its max during events. It serves the communities needs. No major changes are required. If money becomes available, opening the rest of the creek might be nice. See my note below about Spring Down and a new soccer field.
2: I would like to see another soccer field at Spring Down. I would recommend raising funds to reimburse the Open Space Fund so that the field can be developed and taken out of Open Space. The location does not really meet any requirements for "open space". It's right next to the road and has no remarkable native or natural terrain that needs to be preserved. Indeed the dumping of thousands of yards of dirt from the Town center renovations eliminated any original "native" terrain not that there was any to begin with. The main thing the location has is the vista of the mountains that would still be preserved with a soccer field. A soccer field would provide additional needed recreational resources to Town families and be utilized much more than a weed infested field.
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4: I like the open creek. There doesn't seem to be much that can be changed or added to the main Town center site. It's adequate but in my feeling rather under utilized except for a few events when the site is maxed out.
09/09/2016
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09/09/2016
1: Communal place which provides for the different age groups and multifaceted events from sports to concerts. I actually like the way it is currently.
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4: I actually LOVE the way it is. We use the playground, the library, the classrooms, watch sports, and love to shop at the farmer's market. I don't think much needs to change, frankly.
09/09/2016
1: I think our town center has one of the most pristine areas of the town with the fields and openness and the hills and flat area. Lets figure out a way to embrace that more in the design...trails, picnic areas, etc... that bring us on the journey from the building design to the wilderness and then back to the design.
2: I'd like to see us embrace some of the national pastimes and national recognized holidays like 4th of July, Christmas/Holiday Tree lighting, and other fun events that bring the community together in spirit.
3: I'd visit some bay area tech companies campus' like Facebook, Google and such. To see how next-gen environments are being designed to bring people together.
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09/09/2016
1: Either set aside an area for dog leash free play or establish times that dogs can play on the fields when events are not happening. (And publish the schedule for residents to see when they can come.) Even if it is limited hours, as long as the hours fit for folks who want to have their dog play after work. For example: the field is open from 5-7 (or 4-6 in the winter) for dog play as long as the field isn't reserved for something else.
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09/14/2016
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09/09/2016
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09/16/2016
1: A place to meet and socialize.
2: A place for everyone to gather and socialize, including an indoor area or umbrellas (during rain) and an outdoor area. Envision a piazza or town square. It would include a small kitchen to make coffee or tea and a refrigerator for food, so that people could bring food to eat or to share. There would be rules about keeping the kitchen and entire area clean (maybe a sign up sheet for cleanup). The hours could be determined. It would be enough out of the way so that other events would not be interrupted as people gathered and talked. There might be a small area for kids to play (toys and books). There could be a volunteer list that would offer rides for people who are disabled or elderly (not able to drive) and find it hard to get out. It could be incorporated into the existing plans. It would not be a place to hold a party but rather a place for people to gather from the community and meet friends and neighbors. Portola Valley is a place where homes are often far apart. In this day and age people rarely knock on neighbors doors just to say hi and chat for a bit. P.V. can be an isolating place for some people. Ideally a gathering place would include a place to sit and something to drink and eat (there could be a company that brings in healthy ready made food). Or people bring their own food and drinks.
3: Mill Valley Ca. has a community plaza where kids and locals meet and talk and play chess. It is surrounded by the downtown where there are shops and places to eat and get something to drink. The piece that is missing for Portola Valley is food and something to drink which encourages gathering.
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09/09/2016
1: There is not enough space for young adult and adult recreation. The baseball field is too small for adults. The soccer field is too small for adults and U16-U19 games. There needs to be a better system for renting/using space too.
2: I think the Sausal Creek opening is an eyesore. It is also so overgrown, that if the drought ends, that creek will not drain properly. We could have used that space for fields and recreation, and instead wasted it for a "sustainable" eyesore and a facility where the areas closest to the street look like they are overgrown with weeds. I also believe we are very backward to insist on grass playing fields when artificial turf would provide much more recreation. Another issue is that I noticed the Town Picnic has declined in participation the last few years. In fact, there seem to be fewer and fewer events where town residents come out and participate. If we want to have a spirit of community, we need to get together more often! Finally, it would be nice if the Town Center supported activities for seniors, or maybe just set up a working relationship with Sequoias. They have a lot of things going on, but it's mostly restricted to residents. But maybe they should be persuaded to be the senior center for the town, not just for their private population. I plan to age in place here in PV, and it bothers me that I have to go to neighboring communities to get services and programs, even though we have a large and successful CCRC in the middle of town. I guess the problem is the Town Center is too small. There isn't enough space to support a good rec or cultural program. So there's no reason to go to the TC except to go to the Library. The Library is great, although the book selection is largely outdated. If we have any chance of using some of the land around Spring Down, we should build more facilities. Otherwise, we just can't build a critical mass of activity that would make the TC a true center for the residents. Also, not allowing any food service on site because of honoring Bill Lane's wishes is a barrier to visiting the TC. That policy should be rescinded.
3: The Jewish Community Center on San Antonio has a lot going on all the time as well as lots of sports/athletics and cultural programs. For classes to take, I look at Palo Alto Adult School, Palo Alto Rec and Menlo Park Rec. In fact, if I'm not able to age in place in PV, then my desire is to move close to a commercial area of Palo Alto. I also really enjoy having a place to sit where I can't buy a good cup of coffee. Why don't you guys look to Starbucks for inspiration?
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09/09/2016
1: I like the quaint, natural and community feel to our TC. I especially enjoy using our tennis courts and seeing my kids play in the Redwood groves. I feel safe allowing all 3 of my kids to wander TC with their friends and appreciate that there aren't too many "strange strangers."
2: My kids would love a designated skateboard/scooter area. It doesn't have to be too large, just well thought out. See Russin River Skate Park in Monte Rio.
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09/16/2016
1: Keeping the soccer and baseball fields, absolutely love the library. Hate to see either of those disappear.
2: This is a long shot but is there any chance for a community pool? It's really too bad that Alpine and Ladera have the market cornered and not all can participate without paying such a large fee.
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4: Please do not allow any businesses (like a coffee shop, as other have suggested) to set up shop. That would severely take away from the peacefulness and tranquility of the site.
08/22/2016
1: Use of the playground and fields (soccer and softball)
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09/17/2016
1: -Prioritizing uses that will reach broader community demographics, rather than a specialized subset. Consistent with this: library, performance lawn, playground, picnic areas, hiking and biking paths, and the Farmer's Market. -Encouraging such uses.
2: -Easement purchases or term licenses with adjacent propertyowners to allow hike/bike/equestrian trail connection between Town Center and Windy Hill via inboard route, instead of along the road.
3: The most successful public spaces/facilities are ones that: -Have a broad appeal, with overlapping demographics -Allow multiple different uses, including overlapping uses (picnic area becomes a concert area; open space has hiking/biking/equestrian trails; parking lot has Farmer's Market; library has community meetings) -Are welcoming/easy to access -Allow for public creativity of use (concerts, workout classes, meetings, field use, etc.)
4: I will focus on two unexpected successes, which may inform ideas being considered. A. Farmer's Market/Food Trucks. This idea has become something that is likely on 75% of peoples' top 3 reasons they love the Town Center. Community, creativity, dynamic -- it's all there B. Daylighting of the Creek. Kids love this feature, rivaling the highly engineered Little People's Park. Not to mention it is a beautiful, natural feature. Does the entire Creek get daylighted now? I can't answer that, but the daring and controversial action of the Town Council proved to be a success.
09/09/2016
1: Creating a safe, accessible space for people of all ages to enjoy. Reflect the rural nature and beautiful, natural setting of PV.
2: Easements for more trail connections, for example to Windy Hill or towards Wayside Rd (not along Portola Road).
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4: My kids are growing up in PV. They loved the playground when they were toddlers (and still do), have now "graduated" to roaming the fields and creek searching for bugs and frogs, and will hopefully continue to find safe, wholesome activities in this great public space as they grow older.
09/09/2016
1: The 3 tennis courts, that were part of the "old" Town Center, are to be correctly utilized. I believe that the three courts were part of a donation to the town. Now, there are effectively two courts. The sport court was to be convertible to tennis in the new utilization, a bad idea at best due to the hard work of putting up the net. The skate board ramp, dog walk, roller hockey, basketball, etc. are all impediments to the use of the courts.
2: A maintenance plan for the tennis courts. Regular washing, net strap replacement, and net maintenance are just responsible management. A regularly court will last up the three times longer if regularly washed. Keep the non-tennis players off the courts. It is shocking to see people happily ruin a $10,000 surface without a single thought. If an annual key fee helps, so be it. The current attention paid to the courts is negligent and irresponsible.
3: There is a great deal of space - Spring Down is now empty. Put in whatever amenities you want. But let the tennis be tennis. Inspiration? I was the best tennis player in the Bay Area for over 12 years - no one has ever called me for a single idea. Get in touch. Correctly handled tennis can be a huge benefit to the community. Right now, it is considered a problem.
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09/10/2016
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4: It's just plain beautiful! And done so carefully to preserve the environment. I've never been in a town where one actually WANTS to go to the Town Center! I love the library, the outdoor ambience, the landscaping, the architecture and am especially appreciative of the hours and hours of dedicated work by our town officials and staff.
09/11/2016
1: It works really well now. Make it easier for residents to use the classrooms and main hall, esp. for non-profit or government entities. It's a shame the basketball court is disabled by the skate ramp. Move the skate park feature off the court. Work with SMCo library to open the library earlier in the day. Great place to work but hate to wait until 11 to get started.
2: Daylight the remainder of Sausal Creek, invest more in the routine maintenance of the native plant areas. Create a new trail alignment directly from TC to Windy Hill (Spring Ridge trail connection).
3: Calif. Ave. farmers market is great. Can we expand our farmer's market?
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09/13/2016
1: Please keep the tennis courts and beautiful grass.
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09/15/2016
1: 1.library expansion (including more storage and book space) 2. creek daylighting, keeping the town center as natural as possible
2: It seems to me we need more small classroom space. We don't have enough flexibility......
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4: we are a small town, should keep our possibilities to a small town. I think Portola Valley, at this time is just about perfect; might need some tweaks, but I think our Town Center fits the needs of our population.
09/16/2016
1: To continue to demonstrate our town values of conservation, community and volunteer government.
2: I would support any efforts to increase habitat at the site through daylighting the creek and using more native plants where possible. I would also like to see more water conservation measures such as using the abandoned creek culvert as a cistern and having sinks go directly to the landscape (if possible). Events that bring together the community, e.g., library special events, musical events, farmer's market are great for bringing together people that might not always get the opportunity to interact. It would be wonderful to have trails that connected from town center to windy hill and beyond Christ Church other than the busy trail on the road.
3: Green loop on the Google campus provides a safe pedestrian and biking corridor that is flanked with native plants, bird safe bird baths and other features that provide habitat in an urban setting while allowing people to experience it on a regular basis. The Cal Academy of Sciences green roof that allows visitors to view the plants as well as the insects and birds that use it. It could have just been a flat roof, but the designers had a vision for how to create useful space for wildlife while also educating visitors about the importance of providing food and forage for the foundation of the food web - insects!
4: I love seeing the kids all playing in the creek. I observe them there often - during farmer's market, to/from the library, when a sibling or parent is using the sports field. It is a little overloved though and it would be nice to see the rest of the creek daylighted as well as the vernal pool project at Springdown completed to provide a wonderful example of how to incorporate nature into our urban settings. Research compiled by the Stanford Woods Institute demonstrates that any time kids playing outdoors in unstructured play improves their well being, ability to pay attention in school and the all important test scores. It's so nice to have the typical sports facilities (soccer field, baseball field, tennis courts) alongside the more natural features (meadow, creek, redwood grove) in addition to the library, town hall and community hall. It really speaks to the values we all share. We've done a great job leveraging the volunteer power of our citizens most notably in town government, but also in projects such as daylighting the creek where hundreds of citizens volunteered to plant plants and maintain the creek. Let's do that again with the vernal pool project!
09/10/2016
1: Town Center should continue to be a gathering space for the community. The main focus should be a BALANCE between various recreational activities & natural habitat. PLEASE DO NOT daylight more of the creek.
2: Our family would appreciate more shade at the playground and on the sidelines of the sports fields. Please maintain good surfaces on the fields (fix gopher holes, etc) so athletes don't get hurt.
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4: We love the town center as is. It strikes a good balance of activities. Love the fields, playground, picnic areas, redwood groves, farmers market, library programs, concerts, and special events. Please do not make the athletic fields smaller. They are a key component of our children's exercise.
09/20/2016
1: I think much of Town Center has been very well planned with terrific buildings, and it is certainly important to continue to use the area for sports and children's recreation
2: Large fenced dog park (see previous comment)
3: Livermore has wonderful dog parks--very large, entirely fenced, and close enough to wild space that the terrain is interesting. Stulstaft Park in Redwood City has interesting terrain but is not well fenced.
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09/18/2016
1: Well first and foremost is freeing the rest of the creek. It was certainly the intention when we envisioned the fist section of it. The little piece that we do have is overused and overloved and we being lovers of nature and stewards of creeks in this town,I believe, have a responsibility to free the rest if the creek. This would lift the morale of all. The town center is such a peaceful, fun place and this old be the crowning glory.
2: I think we need a little more parking, and we will probably need more plugs ins, I'd like to see greater use of the schoolhouse as I think it is underutilized.
3: I just returned from walking with my hounds on Eagle trail and I feel uplifted and restored. I think this element of peace and almost spritula presence could also be a component of the experience of town center. I think the committee should go stand by a creek, close their eyes and listen to the whir of life and the babble.
4: AND I love it just as it is too, so I hope overtime that as I said earlier there won't be a lot of visual clutter. The buildings tucked under the western hills is quite an eloquent statement in and of itself.
09/09/2016
1: I know there is discussion of spending $1M on the extension of the creek. Not only is this a very expensive endeavor, it also will diminish the present softball/baseball field so I am against extending the creek. We would also appreciate better care of the fields which are often riddled with gopher holes and pot holes where an injury could take place. Appreciate any care that could be directed here.
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09/18/2016
1: I am troubled by the suggestion of some respondents here that the remainder of our seasonal creek, now confined to a culvert, should be opened up across the area now occupied by the soccer field, the softball field and the central pathway of the campus. This would dramatically alter the character of the Town Center, disrupting the flow of visitors back and forth across the campus and creating enormous impediments to community activities, including ball games, kids on scooters, the annual picnic, birthday parties, and parents with strollers. No compelling argument has been offered to justify the dramatic shock to the character of the campus from opening up the creek. Long range forecasts of dry conditions mean that in coming years the creek is likely to be devoid of water and unsightly for much of the summer and fall. The creek's environmental value is very modest relative to the Town's major waterways such as Corte Madera Creek. The existing open segment of the creek provides sufficient opportunities for young children to discover the delights of the creek during months when it is flowing. Increased liability risk to the Town could result from exposing this area in the middle of our heavily used recreational fields and walkways. Opening up the entire length of the creek and thereby severing the campus into east and west pieces runs counter to the vision of the Town Center as a unifying place for the community. Using the dimensions of the open creek segment as a guide, the area that would have to be excavated and removed from current use would be approximately 1/2 acre in the very heart of the Town Center. This is far too great a loss of valuable land in a campus that is so heavily used by the community. The Town Center campus is a triumph as it is. It should not be altered in this fundamental way.
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09/20/2016
1: As more and more of our wild spaces get built out, the Town Center is an oasis of calm. With the addition of the Springdown land, we have the opportunity to use part of it for our pups who are losing out on open space to run.
2: I would love to see a large, *fenced* dog park where my high-energy dog can run off-leash. She is part greyhound, and *needs* to run hard every day: a tired dog is a happy dog. We have very few places in PV that accommodate her needs. I sometimes take her to the orchard behind the Town Center, but she sometimes heads out toward Portola Road. (When she's after a squirrel or other critter, her recall is ZERO.)
3: Stulshaft Park in RWC has a lovely off-leash area with walking paths for people, a creek, and lots of room for pups to plunge through the underbrush and explore.
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09/16/2016
1: I am not sure I see any need to do any major changes to the Town Center. I am very happy with the Town Center as it is exits today.
2: I cannot think of any.
3: Look to the the main users of the Town Center and serve their needs. Do not impose your own vision for the Town Center. Make sure the facilities are being maintained to extend their life.
4: The Town Center is used for a variety of uses and is a great center piece for the town. I cannot think of any reason to do any major projects or changes to the Town Center. It is a very new site.
09/18/2016
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09/18/2016
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09/20/2016
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09/16/2016
1: I very much like the balance of fields, nature, spaces and buildings (business) in town center. Maintain the ability of the fields to flow back and forth allows for Town Picnic, Adult and Youth sports to flow and co-exist. Keep the compromise in place allowing all groups to benefit from the areas of use in the Town Center space.
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4: I very much like the balance of fields, nature, spaces and buildings (Govt) in town center. Maintain the ability of the fields to flow back and forth allows for Town Picnic, Adult and Youth sports to flow and co-exist. Keep the compromise in place allowing all groups to benefit from the areas of use in the Town Center space. Please do not open the creek along the fields, this will divide the space and actually split the town age groups more and split the use by families for general use on a "place to hang out". The current open creek is just the right amount, while it sets the performance area apart, it also creates a larger liability for parents with kids. The current center has something for all, and many want something more, hence a good use compromise was attained.
09/18/2016
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3: As mentioned, I love the redwood groves, especially the one at the back of Town Center...... Would be lovely to add more redwoods where they will get enough water w/o depleting from other areas where water is needed. These provide needed solace!
4: The library is wonderful. Feels the way a library should--warm and cozy---especially with the use of natural wood. Even the electronic check-outs are off to the side. If anything, even more nooks and crannies---and these are already very well positioned within the library.
09/16/2016
1: Sustainability. Long-lasting. Community building. Education for all of us, learning about PV, earthquake country.... global climate change impact... All ages.
2: Can we open up more of the creek? Daylighting!
3: Here is one wild idea: A mural, showing the history of our community. Produced by the community, many participants. Led by an experienced facilitator/artist. Here is an example of murals that really brought a community together: <http://capturethelight.zenfolio.com/murals>. CaptureTheLight.Zenfolio.Com/Murals. Everyone participates. A joint community effort. I can put you in touch with someone who has done this and can possibly give contacts.
4: Concerts are great. Library!!! EV charging stations!!
09/16/2016
1: Preservation of native species, and nature awareness for the next generation. It would also be nice to have a library we could use at more regular hours. I would be there a lot more if it opened at 9, plus that's a great time for toddler programs, since they tend to be up so early.
2: I would sure like to see that performance lawn go. It is a water hog, and I have long wondered what the run off is doing to our creek. In the morning it is so wet our feet sink, and it just seems like a waste of our natural resources. If it were revamped to be a native garden, such as on the other side of the schoolhouse, it would attract more birds, butterflies, etc, and people could still bring their blankets and lawn chairs for performances. We could also host performances on the playing fields already in existence. I would also like to see the use of sprays eliminated. Since so many people run their dogs off leash anyhow, if there were a place for a dog park I would be thrilled. I think space is limited though. My dog is not good with other dogs, and worse when 7 off leash dogs are charging him at once, so giving those people an enclosed space will make it more user friendly for people who are afraid of dogs, and for dogs who need more space.
3: Look to nature. Often there are areas of the forests where not much grows, and what fun for things like a par course through the woods, etc, if people wanted that sort of thing. I prefer nature, and strategically located benches are always welcome for sitting quietly in nature, observing, or just resting those assorted joint replacements. Nottaway Park in VA has a par course embedded in the woods, which hides it for those uninterested, and gives a lovely environment for folks who want to exercise. Each activity is about 100 yards from the last. Just a thought for people who like to exercise (not me).
4: I love what Town Center has become. I appreciate the redwood preservation efforts and the trails through the trees. The library is beautiful, one of my favorite places on the planet (along with the redwood grove uphill of the community room).
09/14/2016
1: Community events.
2: A gym. A grand piano for classical music concerts. Black out blinds in the community hall. A path from behind the town center past the vineyards up to Windy Hill - maybe get an easement. Conference rooms and coworking space.
3: Arrillaga in Menlo Park
4: I love the concerts, picnics, town parties - Harvest Soiree, Christmas Party for volunteers. Anything that builds community.
09/16/2016
1: We are active users of both the soccer and softball fields and would like to see those prioritized as they benefit the most number of people in our community. There are many different community events that center on these fields and at times the fields are in horrible condition, presenting hazards to kids and adults who are using the fields, so I think the highest priority should be on optimizing those fields.
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09/18/2016
1: Making the TC more available in terms of indoor gathering spaces and more welcoming of community members who want to make use of the TC for gatherings in general or children wanting to use it for things like lemonade stands. It is a very formal undertaking at present to rent out any of the indoor facilities, and the number of times they can be rented are quite limited and expensive. There is no simple permit process for children to host lemonade stands and the like. The library is a wonderful place with very warm and helpful staff, but of course one has to be quite in the library.
2: The outdoor facilities are wonderful, as is the library. It would be wonderful to have more indoor more casual gathering spaces and or outdoor areas with additional seating (e.g. adirondack type chairs in additional outdoor areas and more accessibility to a lounge type area that is indoors). It seems like the additional indoor gathering areas could be accomplished by simply making the existing indoor facilities (community hall and classrooms) open to the public all day (no need for additional construction). It appears that for many hours of the day, the existing indoor facilities go unused. I note that there is the one room that is attached to the Western end of the libarary, and it gets very heavy use by people wanting a place to do tutoring for children (in fact there is one tutor who seems to have that room for many afternoons). This type of space is in high demand.
3: I think it should talk to as many residents as possible by making direct one on one outreach to key groups in Town, with as many different cross sections of the community represented. I understand that it is hard to get people to come to community meetings since many folks are working and putting kids to sleep etc. Thus, I think reaching out directly is very important.
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09/16/2016
1: Realize that what the TC was built for is not what was really needed. The Town is very kids centered and that's fine. But there are absolutely zero functions that people over 15 would be interested in other than perhaps tennis or basketball. The soccer field seem to go to tweens. If you see a post tween, it's because they are watching over the pre-tweens and not going there on their own volition. Add adult friendly spaces. Two, realize that the TC has a terrible location. It is not central to anything and it's on top of the fault. Dumb. At the time of planning, Alpine Hills was planning an expansion, too. I suggested that you trade land. AH need flat areas for their tennis counts and the TC needs to be more centrally located to its population center, not surrounded by Woodside. And being next to churches doesn't help, either.
2: It is probably too late, but the Town's policy of no retail after 8:00 PM and no lights at all might be eco friendly, but it is not what is needed to make a people friendly area. I don't know how profitable the Farmer's Market is, but that was a good idea and brings people to the TC, or at least close to the TC.
3: Look to Ladera for inspiration. It's gotten so popular that you can't even get a parking space Thur - Saturday. Why? They have a big draw in John's or whatever its called now and for the mornings, you can't get into the coffee house. These, along with Zot's, are all competitors not only for adults, but Ladera center is full of kids, too.
4: You have a parking problem with the entrances to both the library and town offices next to each other with everyone wanting to park near the oval. Consider moving the entrance to the library to the other end of the building.
09/16/2016
1: Daylighting the rest of Sausal Creek.
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09/18/2016
1: I feel strongly that we should maximize Sausal Creek. It is now the center piece of our town! We should continue the path around the public space and get the cars out of the trail between the church and the town center, but more importantly, I believe we can extend the trail system along the creek into the Church property with a right of way agreement which might cost the Town a bit but would add a nice connection between the parking available behind and in front of Christ Church as well as expand the sense of community...
2: Additional space for walking with improvement in the Town Center trails that are currently at risk and an expansion of the trails to the north working with the Episcopal church.
3: Creek Restoration is happening throughout the nation. Very exciting!
4: I love the Town Center! I love the exercise and public space, the trails, the library and the gardens.
09/16/2016
1: We just spent an ENORMOUS amount of money redoing town center. It is lovely, don't touch it! Unless you want to help fix the soccer field and softball fields from gopher holes and other ruts that cause sprained ankles. Don't even consider "opening" the so called "creek" and making us town folks pay for it and ruining the soccer /softball field. Use your own money but do NOT touch these fields without asking the people.
2: "Sails" for shade over the stands for the softball field and soccer field. More community events for the public at night/evenings. How about water collection barrels or system? Oh yes and about all those folks coming into our town on weekends to park and bike/hike, NO MORE PARKING! do not add parking to accomodate these people!
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4: This place is oerfect the way it is and cost us town folk a fortune. Let's enjoy it the way it is for a long time. Why are people ALWAYS looking to improve things on others peoples dime!
09/18/2016
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09/20/2016
1: More space available for general public use. Usage needs to be less restrictive.
2: 1) Dog park, 2) Outdoor pavilion, 3) MUR (similar utility to the old one before the remodel), 4) More storage for the library, 5) more outdoor seating
3: The old town center was more utilized by the community.
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09/16/2016
1: I think it is great as is. If we start asking what can we add -- more classrooms, basketball court (not a converted tennis court), turf -- we want kids, teens, all ages to want to come to the Town Center. The open creek that we have now is great but why do we need more? Let's keep it the same or find other ways for people to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. A million dollars for more of the same and decreasing the size of our already 'smaller' playing fields? Doesn't sound like a priority to me.
2: I would love to see more offered to the kid/pre-teen/teenager population. So often I am leaving my home town to take my kids to do their after school activities. How about: Basketball Court, Obstacle Course, Outdoor Classroom, Outdoor fitness center for all ages, amphitheater under the redwoods for performances, ceremonies....... As an educator, I am noticing a big difference in our children, they are less active and tend to be less interested in sports. How great would it be to have a Town Center that offers more healthy lifestyle opportunities beyond the playground -- our children are going to be so much more balanced and remember they are going to be taking care of us.-- More Creek isn't going to help them.
3: Look at Burgess and the many things they offer. Their 'Town Center' isn't a 'Nature Preserve' but a Community Center that meets the needs of its' entire community. In Portola Valley we call Alpine Hills our 'glorified community center' because the Town Center doesn't offer enough. I think we got too caught up in preserving and sustaining and lost community building.
4: Who is complaining about the Town Center as it is? My family and I love the playing fields as they are (why mess with them especially after the fiasco with the soccer field). I think it is a waste to open up more creek at the tune of $1 million dollars. Money could be so much better spent serving all the needs of our community verses a small vocal group. I can't attend all the meetings as I am driving my pre-teen and teen boys to other town centers that serve them better -- they don't need more creek. We travel to Burgess to play basketball, Red Morton for football, Reikes Center for fitness, nature and music.
09/18/2016
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09/20/2016
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4: Love the library, activity hall. Beautiful and warming.
09/16/2016
1: That it remain small town beautiful as it is, a dog park seems reasonable, (I don't own a dog) but coffee/restaurant etc.. is absurd. a 'Par course'- exercise stations in-between a runabout in an expansion area like the area south of the tennis courts is an idea if popular with others, other wise over development is contrary to the town's founding principles.
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4: It serves the community Very well & shouldn't be exploited. An older generation may be giving way to a younger generation, and the peaceful nature is ever more so necessary in an over sensitized/stimulated chaotic world , the younger generation should look to coffee house gathering spots from here to Stanford Campus for any social networking- Face to face should be enjoyed in the peace of a lawn (bring your own coffee) E-mail, texting etc. is already unraveling the social fabric of our society, a little more effort is required to be eye to eye in a peaceful surrounding, and is worth the effort. I am thankful for the environmental wakeup updates brought to us in open lectures like smart watering systems. Our city council is to be commended on its meticulous work and foresight in preserving why we all chose to live exactly here.
09/16/2016
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09/19/2016
1: HIghest priority is to preserve as much open space as possible. Open space includes athletic fields and outdoor spaces for gatherings and concerts. I particularly like the concerts, but think they are fine held the way they are.
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4: I hope this isn't an excuse for a large building project. The indoor spaces at the town center are already sufficient in my opinion.
09/16/2016
1: So often, funds are used for change, when they should be used for upkeep. We have an amazing town center and we should focus on keeping it that way!
2: I am part of the Boy Scout program and use town center quite often. I attend the town picnic and many other town events. I think it is perfectly suited to a community of our size. Focus on keeping it well staffed and kept up!
3: I think it is on par with any other great community gathering place I have been. Excellent!
4: I do like it just the way it is. The best use of funds would be to make sure it is well maintained; the play structures; the fields; and the buildings. I have heard rumblings that we are thinking of extending the creek and moving the playing fields to the tune of $1M. Why would we do something like that? Very much against it!
09/19/2016
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4: I'm very proud of our Town Center. I think it's beautiful and useful. Pretty much perfect just right as it is. Daylighting the creek has added so much. It still amazes me how much was paid for by contribution and the way resources were reused and/or locally acquired. And the willingness to go for Platinum.
09/17/2016
1: Better maintenance of the soccer and softball fields
2: Adding a paddle tennis court
3: Do not spend $1M expanding the creek and diminishing the fields. If you have an extra $1M burning a hole in your pocket then log on to donorschoose.org and find a teacher that needs classroom supplies or desks for their classroom. We have beautiful facilities and went through years of construction to get what we have - why don't we just enjoy our beautiful town center instead of always pushing for more?
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09/19/2016
1: I think your intro hits a key point of what creates a sense of place; social. People and community and their ability to interact with each other are key components of what make great places. Seperating people by a creek would materially diminish the ability for people to connect.
2: Sand volleyball court (NY's Central Park has a great, simple example).
3: Its not a suburban town center by any means, but I love energy and connectivity of SF's Dolores Park. It brings a lot of different people and activities together all at once.
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09/19/2016
1: The soccer and softball fields need to be maintained better. There were many complaints during softball season about the outfield and the same is true about the soccer field. Players are suffering ankle injuries from the poor conditions of the field.
2: Please close up the creek. The first priority is the section between the soccer field and the maintenance area. It's ugly and soccer balls constantly go in it and can't be retrieved. There's a fence which doesn't keep the balls out, but makes it very difficult to go in. It's steep, full of weeds, and poison oak. The creek between the soccer field and Springdown is also unattractive and balls go into it all the time. It's full of poison oak which makes it dangerous to retrieve the balls.
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4: We spent a lot of time and money relatively recently to design and build the Town Center. It's much too early to be making significant changes. Please focus on better maintaining the current design.
09/17/2016
1: A vital library is important to me and I use it often. I also like the multi-use room and the outdoor paths.
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4: I think it functions very well as it is although parking can be tight during the farmer's market. I've heard some people want to open up the creek which would impact the baseball field. I like having part of the creek open but think it would be a mistake to open it up further, disrupting the baseball field and spending a lot of needless money.
09/19/2016
1: A resource for activities enriching all members of the community.
2: a MUR for sporting events in winter or when raining. Also, Art classes , theater classes and events. A resource for Sand volleyball, an area for non sport games and activities for play. Room to support library activities. Filling in the creek in front of Town Hall, it currently is a safety hazard
3: From individuals using the site. not only architects.
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09/20/2016
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4: Yes. I like the Town Center as it is. MOST IMPORTANT: I don't want the creek open. I understand that this will affect the soccer &/or baseball field(s). The creek is fine just the way it is. NO CHANGE.
09/19/2016
1: Maintain and increase native plants. Keep existing open areas for all to enjoy.
2: Daylight more of the creek. More classes offered at Town Center for adults as well as kids. Perhaps some small meeting spaces at library.
3: The native garden behind the Woodside library is lovely. We could create something equally beautiful where people would like to linger.
4: I love seeing so many residents just enjoying the area. On any given day you can see kids and adults playing sports, toddlers in the Littlt People's Park, others exploring the creek, families picnicking and of course, using the library which for me is the linchpin of the entire complex. The Town Center has been a huge success.
09/17/2016
1: Have places for all PV residents...young to old. Have a larger, less formal gathering place for everyone to be...more like the old room with the stage where children could play, where you could play croquet on grass outside, with good acoustics. While natural and native planting is good, there should be grass just for fun!
2: A pickleball court for older folks, a much larger multi-purpose room with a stage for events and community gatherings. The new one has horrible acoustics, is too big for small activities and too small for large ones. That is my number one priority! Build a large one that is practical instead of pretty. Have a senior center combined with children for games and activities. Have a dedicated classroom for exercise classes and events. Bring back art classes!!! Redoing the creek wasted valuable space for events and activities.
3: Look to the past for the old multi-purpose room with a stage...grass outside it for lawn sports or kids playing. Indestructible almost in the flooring. And good acoustics for events. Even at the Christmas Party for the town, you cannot hear speakers. Awful. Children need places with grass to just be kids and play. Our library could have larger community events in a new multi-use room, as well as weddings, memorials, etc.
4: Absolutely do not. It is pretty and it is environmentally sensitive almost to the extreme. But not as practical as the old town center even. Our party room is awful...not big enough, bad acoustics, cold feeling. Never go in town offices because they are separate from all the activities of the town...the classrooms, party room, library. Should be more connected.
09/20/2016
1: I would like to see art play a role in the community. If we are expanding the town center, could we add some sculpture?
2: I'd like to see a public place for local artists to show their work. There are many talented artists in Portola Valley and I think they are an asset to the community and contribute to our culture here.
3: Los Alto Hills Town Center; they fill all the hallways, council room, conference rooms, with art. They also give the artists a wonderful reception with events for kids, music and food for attendees. JCC in Palo Alto and Foster City: they have rotating art shows and offer workshops by the artist.
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09/17/2016
1: Limit development. The town does not need cafe facilities, etc. etc. AND ABOVE ALL PLEASE TO NOT ALLOW A NEW FENCED DOG PARK. I am positive that his would bring dog owners/dog walkers from surrounding areas and increase non-local traffic. The Land Use Element of the Town's General Plan specifically states as one of its General Objectives: 93) To minimize the need for non-local traffic to penetrate the planning area." As much as I appreciate our PV farmers' market, I have talked to people there who come from out of town just for it.
2: A bit more parking.
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4: I like the emphasis on natural surrounding, esp. real grass in the play fields. (Please don't ever consider artificial turf). I disagree with the idea of daylighting more of the creek, as it is unnecessary and would be a real hazard to residents using the using play fields.
09/19/2016
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09/20/2016
1: I feel one of the unique aspects of our Town Center is the creek. Many towns have lovely buildings but what makes our location special is the creek and grove of redwood trees. I think we should seriously consider daylighting the whole creek at the Town Center.
2: I use the children's playground and the sand box area is in great use, however, the canvas covering only protects from the sun when it is directly overhead. A larger canvas would cover more or more strategically located canvas..When I go at 10 in the morning all the children are huddled in one corner, and in the summer months it is not used often just for the reason there is no protection from the hot rays.
3: I am a big fan of our library but it appears as if more space is needed in several areas. The staff room is quite inadequate for the increased staff and their needs. Also, the small room used for tutoring or other meetings and programs is very inadequate in space. I do not know how the library could be increased in size but it would be greatly appriceiated by the huge numbers of patrons.
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09/17/2016
1: keep it as is
2: nothing, great the way it is
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4: Please do not open up the creek farther than it already is. To spend $1M on a project that would disrupt the fields is a waist of money
09/19/2016
1: Creating a Pool for children, keeping the soccer field intact, adding a basketball court
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4: Keep the soccer field as it is, keep the creek is it is. having it larger would only make the town center smaller and less useful for children who enjoy the fields
09/17/2016
1: Our library is one of our most-used facilities and needs more space as we plan for continued increases in usage in the future. Might a tastefully constructed library annex (or separate children’s library?) resolve our need for providing more concurrent events for various age groups?
2: I agree with others who think we should encourage more utilization of our community center by local groups without imposing large fees. The individual class rooms might also be used as gathering spots for various groups when not in use for classes. I agree with those who note a need for more parking, particularly for major events. It might be easy and appropriate to provide a natural, multi-use soft-scape area (perhaps a portion of SpringDown) as an additional safe parking area when needed (as Stanford does with its natural open space/game parking areas). I share the concerns of those who feel that opening up a lot more, or all, of the creek will sever the unity and accessibility to and from the various areas of our town campus. The amount of usable space lost does not appear to be a good trade-off. Having a portion of the creek open is great (although it sometimes looks a bit too unruly).
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4: I love this community, its town center, its volunteers, its staff, its activities, and its beautiful natural setting. We need to maintain a balance among the variety of interests and needs of our community (dogs vs. sports vs. social areas vs. meditative areas, etc.)
09/17/2016
1: Do not open the creek further as it will take too much space from other uses and be very expensive. The existing open creek is much wider than I had expected, and I had heard it added about $1.5 million to the project. We must still accommodate an alternative entry to the property for fire trucks and the baseball field would have to be moved toward Portola Rd. necessitating significant excavation and loss of oak trees. It was originally proposed the open creek landscape would be maintained by volunteers, but the Town has been hiring a crew to work on it. It became so clogged with willow trees last year the flow was affected and much silting has occurred. Obviously the maintenance costs would greatly increase. It seems we would trade creek area for other open space.
2: A dog run area. We should consider the possibility of merging the Open Space across the driveway from the tennis courts into the Town Center campus but with open space uses only. Dog run area here?
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4: Very well planned from the start. It functions well for a variety of uses and I do not think we should spend money to improve much at all.
09/17/2016
1: I'd like for the town center to continue to meet the needs of all members of the community. Having said that, I feel that it is still a relatively new facility so would not like to see a lot of major changes and/or money spent.
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3: I like the general idea of some of the Palo Alto parks in that there is a very easy going flow between the different elements of the park. Adults can sit and chat while kids run and play and/or use the playing fields for either youth sports or adult co-ed softball. While there are different areas for different uses there are no major obstacles to impede usage.
4: I do like it the way it is. That doesn't mean that change is bad though; however I do not have any particular change in mind. My husband and I look forward each year to the co-ed softball summer league and spend hours and hours outside at the towncenter during the summer months. We love the long lazy days of summer with fellow Portola Valley citizens playing sports, hanging with families and friends. I feel that the town center is still pretty fresh and doesn't particularly need investment in major change.
09/19/2016
1: The least amount of interruption of currently existing services as possible; that is, not knocking down existing structures and putting people out of work in these building for many months.
2: A small, independently run cafe; that is, not a corporate Starbucks. (But closed Thursdays, so as not to compete with Farmer's Market.) As long as it doesn't upset the ecosystem, I'd also be interested in a Japanese tea garden-like area.
3: It should look to nature. There's plenty of city out there already. I come here to get away from steel and concrete.
4: What exists of the Town Center currently, I like just as it is. I like the quote from the Town Center Master Plan postcard: "...that will enhance the amenities and sense of place we already enjoy." I would hate to see existing structures knocked down; rather, I would love to see additions that would be complementary to the overall rustic feel.
09/20/2016
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09/19/2016
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09/20/2016
1: Library Soccer field Play area for kids
2: Existing amenities are perfectly adequate.
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4: The current amenities meet all the needs of my family and myself. I don't really see the need to make any changes - the only recommendation I would make is to keep a very high standard in terms of maintaining the existing amenities.
09/17/2016
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4: I like the town center for its balanced approach to living here. I think the library, multipurpose room, children's play area and sports fields are used by out community. I don't think expanding the creek is necessary and it's a large amount of money we could use for other projects that may be of some necessity.
09/19/2016
1: Have more places where students can hang out away from home to socialize.
2: I would like to see more animals. Allow more water into the creek by the library for frogs. Our weather is excellent most of the year. Please have more concerts than the 3 in the summer. I'd like to see more of the talks that were at the Old School House on earthquakes, photography, mathematics, etc. There is so much knowledge in this community and it's great to share it.
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09/20/2016
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2: Town of Portola Valley 765 Portola Road Portola valley, CA 94028 Attn: Town Center Master Plan Committee Dear members of the Committee, Since a large number of Portola Valley residents own dogs, and they would like to provide them a chance to run free in a safe area, and since the town has posted ‘No Dogs Allowed’ signs on both the soccer and baseball fields, It is suggested that a small area in the Town’s 6.65 acre Spring Down property be fenced and designated as a dog run. This doesn’t need to be an elaborate dog park, merely a cleared and fenced area where dogs can be allowed to run, unrestrained. In addition to a 48” high fence, the only other needed site improvements would be to have water and waste cans available. I think that a small section in the southeast corner of the Spring Down property, between the gravel path and the existing fence, would be suitable. I trust that you will give this suggestion your full consideration. Thank you and best regards, David Luce 180 Wayside Road Portola Valley, CA 94028
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09/17/2016
1: 1. Keep the Town Center beautiful, peaceful, sustainable, multifunctional. 2. Serve as a demonstration site for Town values of citizen engagement and maintaining a natural and rural environment. 3. Preserve views of the hills, complete the Springdown pond restoration, maintain recreation facilities. 4. Avoid creating more demands for parking, as would result from having a cafe or a trail to Windy Hill (away from the road). 5. Acquire adjacent land when possible so that new amenities (e.g., dog park) might be possible without sacrificing what we've got.
2: I would like to see the Springdown pond restoration completed so that it fulfills its potential as a small preserve; to me this has priority over additional daylighting of Sausal. As a cyclist, I would like to see the Eastbound bike lane on Portola Road widened because it feels very constricted near the main entrance to the Town Center. Have rotating art exhibits and consider providing space for local artists during the Open Studios in late spring.
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4: Probably the thing I admire most about the Town Center is that its design and size allow for many different activities to coexist successfully--that the playing fields, library, natural areas, historic schoolhouse fit together in such a way that each has adequate space but their proximity to one another strengthens the community bonds.
09/19/2016
1: The original town center master plan was created from a wealth of careful community input, including multiple design charettes and open meetings. The final design did not include the partial daylighting currently in place. Consequently, the daylighting project (over $1 million) was not supported enough by the community to receive adequate private funding. The town added hundreds of thousands of dollars from the general fund to finish the project. I do not believe the community will support another million dollar+ project paid for with taxpayer dollars to daylight the rest of the creek. If the PVForum is any indication, our community has other concerns (e.g. license plate readers and other safety measures). Please make sure the community understand the full fiscal implications of this plan.
2: bocce courts, badmitton, outdoor chess areas as well as other activities that might draw as together as a community
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4: I like the open feel and the access between the soccer and baseball fields. I am concerned about the opening of the remainder of the creek. As a parent, I appreciate the ability to watch younger children while I am playing on one of the fields or watching older siblings play. The path between the two fields is often used for bikes and scooters. I think daylighting the creek will remove this element of safety.
09/18/2016
1: Maintaining the facilities! I understand there is some discussion of opening up the rest of the creek? This would significantly (and negatively) impact the soccer field, softball/baseball field, and the path between them! I am a regular user of these athletic fields, and love to see all the people using these collective spaces - they are laid out perfectly, there is easy access between the softball field and the soccer field, and it's safe for kids to run around as parents can see them from far away. Opening up the creek would add no value to these athletic fields - and it could become much more dangerous for little kids. I would rather see the money (is there EXTRA money? where is this money coming from?) spent on maintaining the grass on the soccer field.
2: I think we have everything we need!
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4: The Town Center is AWESOME as it is! Why change it? The thought of spending $1M on something that would devalue the facilities (IMHO) is ridiculous!
09/18/2016
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09/20/2016
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4: Please do not open up the creek, this is not good use of Portola Valley funding. The beauty of the creek & town center already exists without further spending on the creek.
09/18/2016
1: Place for families and people of all ages to enjoy.
2: A theatre facility/ performance venue.
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09/20/2016
1: Please keep the softball field and the soccer field the same. These are the facilities that we use the most. Please do not open up the creek and disrupt these 2 fields.
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4: Everything is beautiful exactly as is. A lot of thought was put in to design the Town Center, why are we trying to change it again. Also, if the Town is able to raise more money, we should put that money toward better upkeep of existing facilities (the turf on the softball field is horrendous and have caused multiple injuries to players).
09/18/2016
1: Suitable spaces for various activities of interest to the people of Portola Valley.
2: A large covered or indoor spaces allowing various activities an interests. Possible activities include library support for library enhancement, indoor sports, theather productions, receptions, a bunch of cardboard boxes for young children to play with/in,etc.
3: Use the creativity of the people of the town.
4: I like the Town Center and it would be much better with the previous improvements and facilities.
09/20/2016
1: The Town Center is a relatively new creation. Maintain current facilities as they are. Invest in keeping existing facilities great rather than spending money doing new things.
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4: We are frequent users of the sports facilities. I particularly value how they are connected. I have heard talk of spending money to "open up" the creek runnnig between the soccer field and the softball field. For example, the Portola Valley Softball League uses this space regularly during the summer. Come out any 3 or 4 evenings a week, and you will find this space full of families enjoying softball and pot luck meals together, using the connecting space to the soccer field. This is what building community is all about. In addition to wasting taxpayer money, this will destroy the continuity that exists today. Do not do this, please!
09/18/2016
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09/21/2016