By Chris Roth at March 20, 2013
Last night, a planning meeting was held at the Willow Glen Community Center to discuss the Three Creeks Trail master plan, specifically focusing on the Western Alignment portion of the trail that runs directly through Willow Glen. This was the first of three workshops intended to collect and utilize community feedback in the planning, landscaping, and construction of this trail.
The Three Creeks (formerly Willow Glen Spur) Trail will ultimately connect the Los Gatos Creek, Guadalupe River, Highway 87 Bikeway, and Coyote Creek Trails. The western half of the trail runs roughly a mile long, from Lonus Street (think Don’s Auto Wash just north of downtown Willow Glen), through the intersection of Willow and Bird, and ending at the Guadalupe River alongside Falcon Place, just past Alma.
District 6 City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, Trail Manager Yves Zsutty from the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services, and Cordy Hill from the RHAA Architectural Firm were on hand to present to the large group and lead the community discussion. During this workshop, attendees were asked to review the master plan in groups and discuss trail improvements and ideas with their fellow neighbors.
Feedback was encouraged and people submitted lots of ideas about where to install benches and rest locations, what types of trees should be planted, how the trail should flow, and how gateways and crosswalks should be designed. Neighbors I spoke with shared excitement and anticipation for the project; many looked forward to taking their families and dogs to the newly improved trail one day in the near future.
The next community meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30pm at the same location, and a third will be held July 24. To submit your own feedback for this project, email Yves Zsutty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Roth is a neighborhood and policy contributor to Willow Glen Charm and a South Willow Glen resident. He is a former board member of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and currently serves on the San José Public Library Commission.