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Pilings, pylons, and stars - Palo Alto Baylands | by hjl
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Pilings, pylons, and stars - Palo Alto Baylands

"Byxbee Park itself is a Smithsonian outdoor sculpture. John Fletcher Byxbee (1878-1947), was a Palo Alto City Engineer, who was the first to recommend development of the Baylands as a public park. In 1980, the master plan for Byxbee Park was adopted. There are many retired landfills around the Bay that have been turned into parks, but Byxbee Park is unique. It is not a traditional park. There are no playing fields, irrigated lawns, picnic grounds, or playgrounds. It is more like an outdoor sculpture garden....On one side is a field of telephone poles of varying heights, following the hill contours. They are reminiscent of the pier pilings in the bay. Small hillocks resemble Indian shell mounds."

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Taken on August 21, 2012