Baylands Project Moves Forward

Categories: 2021, Newsletter

First Tee – Silicon Valley is very pleased by the Palo Alto Parks & Recreation Commission’s unanimous decision on Tuesday, September 28th to recommend that City Council direct city staff to pursue a letter of intent or memorandum of understanding for FTSV’s proposed project at Baylands Golf Links. There are three key components of the estimated $4.3M project:

  • raising the range nets so that the short game hole may be used by the public and FTSV,
  • adding safety nets along Embarcadero Road, and
  • completing the Youth Area between the range and Embarcadero Road for FTSV to use for classes and Baylands’ golf instruction.

FTSV is endeavoring to raise the necessary funds and manage the improvement project in exchange for long-term use of the youth area and other facility spaces. There is high demand for FTSV’s program that we believe can grow to annual participation of over 1,000 class youth at Baylands and another 5,000 outreach students in Palo Alto USD, Ravenswood USD and local youth-serving organizations. Also, paving the way for FTSV participants and their families as well as all youth to enjoy Baylands on their own is an important part of FTSV’s vision. The commission’s unanimous decision is just a first step in making this mutually beneficial project – a win-win for the public and FTSV – a reality.

To learn more about FTSV’s project at Baylands, contact George Maxe at george@ftsv.org or 408-288-2937.