On Wednesday evening, during the third workshop focused on the master planning of the Three Creeks (formerly Willow Glen Spur) Trail, Yves Zsutty and the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services presented a grand vision for the western half of the trail running from Lonus Street to Delmas Ave.
Based on the community’s feedback from previous workshops, the newest designs of the trail included garden seating areas, cannery- and water-tower-themed gateways, a variety of directional signage, a mixture of native and adapted plants, adult exercise equipment, and children play activity areas.
Additionally, numerous educational signs focusing on Willow Glen and the City of San José’s agricultural, cannery, and railroad history (amongst others) were proposed along the entire trail.
A new option for the Los Gatos Creek replacement bridge was also revealed, focusing on more spacious viewing platforms and more distinctive, historic design features. (editor: We’ll post pics of that as soon as we can get ’em!)
The Willow Glen Community Center was full and the public seemed pleased overall with the proposed designs and the hard work that went into the City of San Jose’s presentation. A follow up meeting specifically addressing the designs for the Los Gatos Creek replacement bridge will be held next month.
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 Library & Early Education Commission.