Foothills Park is exclusive to Palo Alto residents and those who are accompanied by them. A park ranger told me that this has to do with a bill passed in the 1950s when Palo Alto was purchasing the land.
There is a lake in the middle of the park, which often has ducks swimming in it. The light can sometimes be harsh, but if you visit at the right time of day it is a beautiful place to take pictures. It's a lovely place to have a picnic on the large grassy fields by the water. The sun sets behind the hills in the distance, and you can watch it from a bench that overlooks the water.
One of the great things about Foothills Park is that it is close to other parks, such as Los Trancos, Monte Bello, and Skyline. These are all great places to visit if you're looking for outdoor adventures. Overall, Foothills Park is a charming little park that makes for a great escape.