Ulistac Natural Area paved trail surrounded by plants and trees
Group of people learning about Ulistac Natural Area

Ulistac Natural Area


open space authority funds contributed to project


project awarded

The Authority funded two phases of improvements for this 40-acres of open space along the Guadalupe River in Santa Clara, in 1999 and again in 2004. The projects included trail design and construction as well as removal of exotic plant species, revegetation, irrigation, and fence and gate improvements. The park now features native vegetation representing a variety of plant communities connected by a series of trails.
Award Date:
September 8, 1999
20% Funding Program
4901 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara CA 95054

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