PLANNING AND DESIGN UNDERWAY FOR PUBLIC ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS
The Authority is expanding public access to allow visitors an opportunity to visit and learn more about the history and natural resources of the North Meadow area, along the Heart’s Delight Trail.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is a popular location for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The Heart’s Delight Trail leads from the nearby parking area, around the edge of the picturesque North Meadow, with multiple impressive oak trees, providing an opportunity to further experience the meadow and important resources. Planning and design will identify opportunities for improvements to the ¼-mile Heart’s Delight Trail to stabilize the trail surface for use by visitors with mobility impairments. Additional trailside amenities will include seating with interpretive learning stations for individual and small group use. The North Meadow is within the Fisher Creek watershed and will be considered for future restoration and wildlife-friendly recreational amenities. This location is envisioned as part of a regional north-south trail network with future connections north to the Authority’s North Coyote Valley Conservation Area and County parklands. This project is the first step in realizing a longer-term vision at this location for ecological restoration, enhanced wildlife habitat, and nature-based recreation.