The Palo Alto City Council may change the name of Foothills Park and limit the number of visitors.
Foothills Park would be renamed to Foothills Nature Preserve to better distinguish the 1,400-acre area as an open space preserve, according to the proposal before council on Feb. 22. The park currently allows a maximum of 1,000 people at one time, but the ordinance will limit the number to 400.
Foothills Park was sold to the city of Palo Alto by Dr. Russel Lee, founder of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in 1958. The park was formally dedicated to the city in 1965, and open exclusively to Palo Alto residents.
Following a lawsuit by the ACLU and NAACP, council members voted Nov. 2 to allow non-residents access to the park.
The decision to drop the residents’ only restriction has resulted in an increase in people visiting the park. The city is now charging $6 a car. The city is looking into possible changes in the fees.
City Council will have the final say on fees.