The City of San Jose has used its urban open space allocations to develop segments of the city’s trail network and to enhance its urban parks. The city also contributed $800,000 to help fund a portion of Rancho Cañada del Oro that lies within the city’s border.
In December 2007 the OSA Board of Directors allocated $400,000 for a restoration project leading to Santa Teresa County Park. The project will transform a neglected utility corridor into a recreational site with a meandering trail and landscaping that includes many native plants. Interpretive signage will describe bio-retention swales that are part of the project and tell the story of Gary Albertson, a highway safety activist. The parkway is named in his memory.
Willow Glen Spur Line Trail
In order to fund acquisition of property along an alignment that could connect the Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River trails, the Authority made two $1,000,000 grants, in 2003 and 2006. The project is pending.
Lower Silver Creek Trail
In April, 2005, the Open Space Authority allocated $250,000 to help fund a 6.1-mile segment of trail along Silver Creek in the eastern part of the city. The proposed trail will connect with future Thompson Creek and Coyote Creek trail systems and provide a means of linking neighborhood parks, schools, and Lake Cunningham.
Selma Olinder/Coyote Creek Trail
OSA granted the city $600,000 in 2003 to construct a segment of Coyote Creek Trail as part of the Selma Olinder Park development. The project also funded restoration and irrigation of native plants along the creek. The completed project was dedicated at a community event on October 22, 2005.
Penitencia Creek Trail
The Open Space Authority has contributed $265,284 toward Reach 1 of the Penitencia Creek Trail. This section stretches from Alum Rock Park to Noble Avenue. The trail will follow one of the few urban creeks in the county that flows through its natural channel, offering visitors a chance to observe a riparian ecosystem.
Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area
In 2002 the City of San Jose used a $900,000 allocation from the Open Space Authority to fund a joint purchase, with Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation, of an addition to Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area. The 1.93-acre parcel adjoins the historic Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch interpretive site and Santa Teresa Springs. The ranch buildings and surrounding 28-acre property are what remains of a nearly 10,000-acre tract granted to Jose Joaquin Bernal by the Mexican government in 1834.
Rancho Cañada del Oro
The City of San Jose contributed $800,000 of its Urban Open Space funding in 1999 to a joint purchase with the Open Space Authority, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation and Peninsula Open Space Trust of a 2,438-acre parcel south of Calero County Park. OSA took over 1,484 acres to expand Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve and the remainder was added to the county park.
More information about the City of San Jose’s park and recreation facilities.