East Palo Alto is planning to turn the vacant Cooley Landing into a bayfront park. It will add nine more acres of parkland to a city that does not have the state’s recommended number of parks per 1,000 people.
The salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail are both endangered species living near East Palo Alto’s Cooley Landing. Their presence may slow plans to turn the vacant property into a park.
East Palo Alto plans to turn Cooley Landing, an abandoned peninsula, into a community park. The city planning commission unanimously approved the project and an environmental impact study is underway.