In the 1960’s Edgewood was eyed by State Senator Richard Dolwig for 2300 apartments, and was later acquired by the State of California for a college site. Other proposed developments at Edgewood included a national solar energy research facility (1976) and a golf course.
In the early 1980’s the County of San Mateo, with matching funding from Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, acquired the site.
In 1993, the Board of Supervisors unanimously established Edgewood County Park as a Natural Preserve, protecting it from future incompatible development.
In 2003, PG&E proposed a new 230 kV Jefferson-Martin transmission line which involved new, taller towers and associated long-term disturbance in Edgewood and the adjacent San Francisco Watershed. Committee for Green Foothills, and other groups including Sierra Club, Friends of Edgewood, and the California Native Plant Society, called for undergrounding the new lines. After more than a year of advocacy, the State Public Utility Commission revised PG&E’s original proposal and required undergrounding the new transmission lines under Cañada Road and Skyline Boulevard, thus sparing Edgewood and the San Francisco Watershed from the adverse impacts to scenic, recreational, and environmental values.
For more information on current threats to Edgewood Park, please see: Protecting Habitat from PG&E Pipeline at Edgewood Park