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Girl Scouts say Woodside's new law restricting buses 'severely impacts' its popular Huddart Park day camp

Original post made on Jun 22, 2023

Local Girl Scouts have mobilized against Woodside's new law that restricts buses from using Kings Mountain Road to access Huddart Park, where their annual Peninsula Day Camp is held in July.

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Posted by margomca
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 22, 2023 at 1:21 pm

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Busses to Huddart Park need to be restricted in length because Kings Mountain Road has deteriorated, particularly since last winter's storms. However, access to the Richards Road sites is available through Geer Road, off to the right just after the intersection at the old Woodside store. This isn't an ideal solution, as it's then a long hike to any other picnic site. I urge GSA to check this out. You really don't want to endanger your girls on KMR with a bus that's too long.

Posted by Peninsula Day Camp
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Jun 22, 2023 at 7:15 pm

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Peninsula Girl Scout Day Camp has used buses for over 35 years without incident. In fact, we can find no record of any incident with any buses on the portion of King's Mountain Road that Woodside restricted. Buses can safely use the portion below Huddart Park's entrance on King's Mountain Road even now after the storms. On average, I think a bus uses that portion of King's Mountain Road nearly 1,000 times per year due to all the youth programs in San Mateo County. In 2019, Peninsula Girl Scout Day Camp had 18 full size buses serving over 1,000 participants from San Mateo County that were able to safely use the road and enter the park. We are not the only Girl Scout camp or youth organization impacted by this ordinance and we ALL use full size buses to get youth into Huddart and have for decades. It is not a safety issue for the buses.

Please read the ordinance. It is an attack on all youth organization that use Huddart Park. No data, surveys or reports were used to inform the ordinance. I spoke the Kevin Bryant the Town Manger today for an hour and a half and he was unable or unwilling to provide any details on any data, surveys or reports to support the ordinance.

Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2023 at 10:50 am

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This does not pass the smell test. The ordinance was passed last fall quietly. The justification to reject the permit was based on the winter storm that occurred after the ordinance was passed. I'm speculating, but sounds like the Town wants to reduce park traffic up KMR and want to make it burdensome for youth camps to use.

As for using Greer road, I've ran that road several times to enter Huddart park and it is not designed to accommodate large buses both ways. Turning those buses around will also be difficult. I'm assuming this is the route that the kids will have to walk to the park as there is no sane way to walk up KMR.

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