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Palo Alto residents Allison Macbain, left, and Mehdi Panahi enjoy the serenity of Boronda Lake in Foothills Park June 27.
A single hour on a single afternoon at Foothills Park last week hosted a flock of birdwatchers, hikers, picnickers, fishermen, a film crew and children practicing swordplay with sticks. Despite the activity, the scene remained serene, the twittering of songbirds and waterfowl unmuted in an oasis far removed from Silicon Valley’s relentless hum.
Located on Page Mill Road between Interstate 280 and Skyline Boulevard, Foothills Park has long proved a tantalizing beauty to Los Altos Hills; the 1,400-acre site is owned by the city of Palo Alto, whose residents have exclusive access to the trails, vistas and placid Boronda Lake within. Some nonresidents gain access on weekdays when the park’s guard booth is unmanned, but Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck recently renewed efforts for official access.