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Renovation of athletics area scheduled to be completed by fall

STANFORD -- A major renovation of the area known as the Ford Quad grounds began the week of June 19 and is scheduled to be completed before the new academic year begins in late September.

The area, located between the Ford Center and the old Encina Gym (which will be the temporary home of the Stanford University Museum of Art for the next three years), will be transformed into a landscaped plaza along both sides of Arguello Way.

Improvements planned for the area include the planting of oak groves and lawn areas and the installation of sand volleyball courts. The project includes converting Arguello into a pedestrian and bicycle mall, closing it to through vehicular traffic between Serra Street and Campus Drive.

(A diagram of the improvements is on the reverse of this release.)

The project is part of an upgrade of connective elements in areas under the jurisdiction of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. Funding is from the department, the Stanford Infrastructure Program and a donation by Thomas Ford, the Peninsula real estate developer and former director of lands management for Stanford, who has made many gifts to the university, including the one that made the Ford Center possible.

For more information, contact Tom Zigterman, project manager with the Utilities Division, at 723-0460.



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