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In 1968, the City of Mountain View undertook the daunting task of planning a regional park that would provide citizens with environmentally savvy recreation opportunities, and become a true respite in the region now known as Silicon Valley. The real challenge? To do it with 544 acres of junkyard, hog farm, two substandard dumps, low lying flood plains, and a sewage treatment plant! It was not until 1983, some fifteen years later, that the City’s plan came to fruition in the beautiful Shoreline Regional Park we now know.
The centerpiece of the Park, Shoreline Lake is a man-made, 50 acre, salt water lake filled by waters pumped in from the San Francisco Bay that circulate back out into Permanente Creek. Water technicians regularly monitor the Lake to maintain consistent water quality. Predictable summer breezes and the snug, enclosed nature of the Lake make it ideal for learning to sail or windsurf. Mornings receive light winds — perfect for the beginner. In the afternoon, winds up to 25 mph blow across small wavelets and the local experts come out to play. Twenty-five feet deep at its deepest point, the Lake is considerably warmer than the Bay — in the 50’s during winter and 70’s come summer.