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Los Altos Hills

 

LOS ALTOS HILLS
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PATHWAY SYSTEM
 

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THE TOWN OF LOS ALTOS HILLS’ PATHWAY SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SAFE AND CONVENIENT NON-VEHICULAR TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AND IS VIEWED BY MANY AS ONE OF THE TOWN’S GREATEST ASSETS. 
 
THE SYSTEM UNITES NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH A SERIES OF CONNECTING PATHS WHICH CRISS-CROSS THE TOWN.  THE LOS ALTOS HILLS PATHWAY SYSTEM ALSO PROVIDES A LINK TO LOCAL  SURROUNDING OPEN SPACE AREAS.
 
ADDITIONALLY, THE TOWN’S PATHS OFFER A UNIQUE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN, WALKERS, RUNNERS, HORSEBACK RIDERS AND BICYCLISTS TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AND NATURAL BEAUTY THAT IS LOS ALTOS HILLS. THE PATHS THAT TRAVEL AWAY FROM THE ROADWAYS PROVIDE A RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE RURAL BEAUTY OF THE HILLS.
 
THE PATHWAY SYSTEM EXISTS FOR THE USE OF ALL TOWN RESIDENTS. OBSERVING THE 3C’S-COMMON SENSE, COURTESY AND COMMUNICATION WILL MAKE PATH USAGE PLEASURABLE. BICYCLISTS SHOULD YIELD TO HORSEBACK RIDERS AND PEDESTRIANS; PEDESTRIANS SHOULD YIELD TO HORSEBACK RIDERS. DRIVERS SHOULD ALWAYS DISPLAY EXTREME CAUTION WHEN PASSING BICYCLISTS, EQUESTRIANS AND ALL PATHWAY USERS. NOT ALL PATHS AND TRAILS ARE DESIGNED FOR ALL USES. BICYCLISTS SHOULD STAY ON HARD SURFACE PATHS AND ROADWAYS.
 
MAINTENANCE OF THE PATHWAY SYSTEM IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN TOWN RESIDENTS AND THE TOWN’S MAINTENANCE CREW. RESIDENTS HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES TO KEEP PATHS ON THEIR PROPERTY CLEAR OF BRUSH, DEBRIS, AND OVERHANGING TREE BRANCHES. RESIDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BLOCK PATHS WITH MAILBOXES, PLANTS, IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT OR PARKED CARS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE SURE DRAINAGE IS DIVERTED AWAY FROM PATHS TO PREVENT EROSION. ROTOTILLING SHOULD BE KEPT 5 FEET AWAY FROM PATHS. WHERE DRIVEWAYS CROSS A PATH, THEY MUST BE ROUGHENED, AND NO SEALERS SHOULD BE USED. A SLICK DRIVEWAY IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR HORSES AND THEIR RIDERS.
 

 
MANY OF THE TOWN’S OFF-ROAD PATHS ARE MARKED WITH PATH MARKERS FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION. A COMPREHENSIVE MAP OF THE PATHWAY SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE AT TOWN HALL.
 
OPEN SPACE

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MUCH OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED AS “OPEN SPACE” IN LOS ALTOS HILLS IS, IN FACT, PRIVATELY OWNED AND MAINTAINED. PART OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE TOWN’S LARGE-LOT ZONING CONCEPT IS TO PRESERVE OPEN SPACE.
 
IN ADDITION, OPEN-SPACE LAND HAS BEEN DONATED TO THE TOWN BY PRIVATE CITIZENS AND ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE TOWN’S RURAL ATMOSPHERE. BYRNE PRESERVE, LOCATED ALONG THE UPPER LENGTH OF ALTAMONT ROAD AND CONNECTED TO NUMEROUS TOWN PATHS, IS AN EXAMPLE OF SUCH A DONATION. THIS BEAUTIFUL PRESERVE IS COMPRISED OF SEVERAL GIFTS: 50 ACRES OBTAINED THROUGH A DONATION BY ALBERT M. BYRNE TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY; 25 ACRES GIVEN BY COUNTESS BETTY BYRNE DEZAHARA; AND, SMALL PARCELS WHICH WERE OBTAINED THROUGH DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS AND GIFTS.
 
OTHER TOWN PARKS AND PRESERVES
 
BICENTENNIAL PARK: THIS SMALL PARK IS LOCATED AT EDITH AND FREMONT ROADS ALONG ADOBE CREEK AND IS A REFLECTIVE SITE FEATURING BENCHES AND A MEANDERING PATH THROUGH A WOODED SETTING.
JUAN PRADO MESA PRESERVE: THE PRESERVE IS ACCESSIBLE FROM DAWSON DRIVE AT ONE END AND STONEBROOK ROAD AT THE OTHER AND IS BORDERED BY HALE CREEK AND THE NEARY QUARRY.
 

 

WESTWIND COMMUNITY BARN: WESTWIND BARN IS OPERATED BY THE TOWN OF LOS ALTOS HILLS. LOCATED NEXT TO BYRNE PRESERVE, THE BARN IS A FACILITY FOR BOARDING HORSES, OPERATING HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAMS AND THE VENUE FOR MANY OF THE TOWN’S SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENTS. EQUESTRIAN PROGRAMS AT THE FACILITY INCLUDE THE TOWN’S PARKS AND RECREATION YEAR ROUND RIDING PROGRAM AND THE 4-H RIDING FOR THE HANDICAPPED PROGRAM OPERATED BY THE WESTWIND RIDING INSTITUE, A NON-PROFIT GROUP OFFERING SPECIAL RIDING PROGRAMS FOR THE DISABLED.
 
LITTLE LEAGUE FIELDS ON PURISSIMA ROAD: THE AREA CONSISTS OF FOUR MAINTAINED PLAYING FIELDS WITH PUBLIC FACILITIES OPERATED THROUGH A JOINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN AND THE LOS ALTOS HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
 
TOWN RIDING RING ON PURISSIMA ROAD: THIS IS A PUBLIC RIDING RING OPERATED COOPERATIVELY WITH THE LOS ALTOS HILLS HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
ADJACENT OPEN SPACE FACILITIES: THE MID-PENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT OWNS AND OPERATES SIGNIFICANT LANDS ADJACENT TO LOS ALTOS HILLS. THE DISTRICT’S LANDS ARE ENJOYED BY THOUSANDS OF VISITORS AND PROVIDE A NATURAL SCENIC VISTA FOR TOWN RESIDENTS. THE MID-PEN LANDS ARE EASILY ACCESSED BY MANY OF THE TOWN’S PATHS.
 
RANCHO SAN ANTONIO COUNTY PARK: THIS 167-ACRE PARK IS LOCATED ON CRISTO REY DRIVE SOUTH OF THE FOOTHILL EXPRESSWAY/HIGHWAY 280 INTERCHANGE. THE PARK FEATURES PEDESTRIAN AND EQUESTRIAN TRAILS, A MODEL GLIDER FLYING VENUE, PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER RECREATIONAL USES. LOCATED WITHIN THE PARK IS DEER HOLLOW FARM, A WORKING FARM THAT IS OPEN TO VISITORS.
 
LOS ALTOS HILLS
 
Purissima Park 27500 Purissima Road
(650) 941-7222
 
Westwind Barn Altamont Road
(650) 941-6113
Boarding for horses, year-round riding program, 4-H therapuetic riding
 
Town Riding Ring 27500 Purissima Road
(650) 941-7222
 
Fremont Hills Country Club
12889 Viscaino Place
(650) 948-8286
Swimming, tennis and riding facilities
 
Gardner Bullis School Outdoor basketball hoops
 
Pathways System Throughout Town (maps available at Town Hall )
 
Open Space Byrne Preserve
Juan Prado Mesa Preserve
 
Adjacent Open Space Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
(650) 691-1200
 
Hidden Villa 26870 Moody Road
(650) 949-8650
Hiking trails, summer camp programs, youth hostel, and farm tours
 
Foothill College 1234 El Monte Road
(650) 949-7777
Summer youth programs – variety of programs available in sports, arts, and other areas of interest.
 
Foothill and DeAnza Colleges (408) 864-8817
Short courses for adults offered through Community Education throughout the year
 
LOS ALTOS
 
Los Altos Recreation Department (650) 941-0950
Classes for children and adults
 
Bus Barn Stage Co. / Los Altos Youth Theater
97 Hillview Ave.
(650) 941-0551
Theater opportunities for children and adults
 
Los Altos History Museum
(650) 948-9427
Educational opportunities for children and adults to learn about the agricultural history of the area
 
PALO ALTO
 
Palo Alto Recreation & Activities
(650) 463-4952
Variety of classes, summer camps, aquatics for all ages
 
Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course
1875 Embarcadero Rd.(650) 856-0881
Driving range, restaurant and 18-hole course
 
Palo Alto YMCA (650) 463-4900
Variety of classes, summer camps, aquatics for all ages

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