From 600 feet to 60 miles: water district helps connect trails

Cyclists, pedestrians and trail lovers alike rejoiced earlier this month at the completion of the Coleman Road Undercrossing Trail project in San José which now connects almost 60 miles of trails starting as far south as Fisher Creek near Santa Teresa to as far north as the Bay Trail near the border with Milpitas.

The project was a partnership between the Santa Clara Valley Water District and City of San José’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services  and Public Works departments, and was made possible with the help of $62,700 in grant funding from the water district’s Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. Under Priority D of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, the district pursues partnerships and awards grants to restore wildlife habitat and provide access to trails and open space. The water district has been committed to expanding access to trails for 17 years, since voters approved the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Program, and its successor, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

The new 600-foot expansion safely guides residents and visitors on the Almaden Trail underneath the Coleman Road bridge and across the road to connect to the Guadalupe River Trail. The project also completes a walking loop along Lake Almaden in south San José and improves access to the Almaden Light Rail Station located on Coleman Road. As part of the project, highly-reflective beads were added to the path for better visibility, and directional signs were installed to guide trail visitors to the lake and additional trail connections.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 2, San José Councilmember Johnny Khamis, District 10, beamed with pride as he noted that San José’s trail network now extends almost 60 miles throughout the city. Water district director Linda LeZotte, District 4, also celebrated with the community and expressed the district’s commitment to expanding trails, and helping the city reach its goal of 100 miles of trail. Over the last 8 years, the water district has awarded over $2.6 million in grants and partnerships with various public agencies, nonprofits and educational groups in Santa Clara County for Priority D projects.

To learn more about our grants and partnerships program, click here.


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