Palo Alto: Council approves $6-per-car fee, restrictions at newly renamed Foothills Nature Preserve

PALO ALTO — A new $6 entrance fee and new capacity restrictions will be put in place at Foothills Park as the city council seeks to deal with the influx of visitors after residency requirements were dropped in November.

The city council unanimously voted Monday to take emergency measure and implement the new fee, impose new capacity restrictions and rename the 1,400-acre park the Foothills Nature Preserve.

The move comes as a reaction to the popularity of the preserve, which over the past several months has transformed from the bucolic escape of those with a Palo Alto address into a recreation destination for the Bay Area.

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