Rinconada Park Long Range Plan & Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (1451 Middlefield Road)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Palo Alto
Document Title
Rinconada Park Long Range Plan & Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (1451 Middlefield Road)
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
GP - Public parks, major institution/special facilities; Z - Public facilities
Document Description
The proposed project includes two components: 1) Rinconada Park Long Range Plan (LRP), intended to guide development of Rinconada Park over the next 25 years, and 2) redevelopment of the Palo Alta Junior Museum and Zoo facility and reconfiguration of the adjacent parking lot, including provision of landscaping, storm drainage system, and lighting; the JMZ project includes demolition of the existing JMZ and construction of a 15,033 sf building to house the JMZ museum and zoo, and enlargement of the outdoor zoo area. The LRP envisions improvement to circulation and the west playground area, tennis courts, pool area, arboretum, multi-use concrete bowl, and street and access improvements on Hopkins Avenue, Newell Rd, and Embarcadero Road.

Contact Information

Amy French
Agency Name
City of Palo Alto
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Palo Alto
Santa Clara
Cross Streets
Embarcadero Rd, Hopkins Ave, Middlefield Rd, Newell Rd
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
US 101
Palo Alto
Walter Hays ES
San Francisquito Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency
Development Types
Educational (15,033 sf), Recreational (11.8 acres (Rinconada park))
Local Actions
Master Plan, Redevelopment
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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