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County May Partner with San Jose to Link Popular Three Creeks Regional Trail

Board Issues Notice of Intent for Land Purchase

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors issued a Notice of Intention to participate with the City of San Jose in the acquisition of property that would link San Jose’s most popular regional trails. The property to be acquired would enable the City, in partnership with the County, to complete two sections, known as the Western Alignment, of the Three Creeks Trail (formerly the Willow Glen Spur Trail). The Three Creeks Trail, when completed, would connect three regional trails - Coyote Creek, Guadalupe River, and Los Gatos Creek.

"Developing urban trails to improve the health and quality of life of our residents is one of the County's top priorities," said Board President Ken Yeager who has been working on the issue since his time on the San Jose City Council. "Connecting the Los Gatos Creek, Guadalupe River, and Coyote Creek Trails together will benefit residents throughout the County."

The County’s Park Charter Acquisition Fund would be used to augment the City’s funding sources to acquire the Union Pacific Railroad's (UPRR) unused Willow Glen Spur Line between Lonus Avenue and Minnesota Avenue. The County would hold a conservation easement over the trail corridor once the City purchases the property from UPRR. The purchase price for the Conservation Easement for public park purposes is $2 million.

“Making the trails more accessible to residents within San Jose is one of my top priorities,” Supervisor George Shirakawa, District Two, said. “We are looking forward to finishing the trail project that will connect downtown with our Willow Glen neighborhoods. In this heavily built up urban corridor, the abandoned rail line provides a unique opportunity to connect these trail systems by making this rail-to-trail conversion.”

On September 14, 2010, the Board of Supervisors will hold a Hearing to Consummate Purchase, no earlier than 9:30 a.m., in the Chambers of the Board of Supervisors, County Government Center, East Wing, 70 West Hedding Street, in San Jose, California.

Background
The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department consists of over 46,000 acres of regional parklands, trails, lakes, streams and open space in 29 parks located throughout Santa Clara County.

Willow Glen Spur Trail


Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Tamara Clark-Shear, County of Santa Clara Parks (408) 355-2215
Posted: August 24, 2010