Area Closure

Beginning Monday, June 23, access to the Bald Mountain area of Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve will be closed during summer and fall 2014 due to construction of a new parking area as part of the Mount Umunhum Summit Project.


Recent Accomplishments

The Fiscal Year 2013-14 Accomplishments Report presents the results of Midpen's overall endeavor during the past year to manage the regional open space preserves on behalf of the public. Over 130 accomplishments are listed by major category.



Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Bond Assigned Letter: Measure AA for Access, Preservation and Restoration of Open Space Lands

On March 7, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s bond measure to make major capital improvements to open space lands was assigned the letter “AA” by the Registrars of Voters in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Measure AA will appear on the June 3 ballot for residents of the district, which includes 17 cities and towns, as well as portions of unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. In addition, four Santa Cruz County voters live within the district which includes 1,502 acres in that county.

Funding from the bond will be used to fulfill 25 high-priority open space projects that were identified through a public process that combined feedback from 2,200 residents with scientific analysis. Out of the 54 projects identified, these 25 will have the greatest long-term beneficial impact to the region and are of highest importance to local residents.



hiker in woods Vision Plan Approved
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 the Midpeninsual Regional Open Space Board of Directors approved its 40-year Vision Plan.

The Vision Plan includes 54 projects, including a slate of 25 highest priority regional open space projects ranging from opening preserves and building trail connections to improving water quality, protecting the coastline, restoring forestlands, and creating wildlife corridors in an increasingly urbanized region.



A big thank you to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Representative Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Mike Honda for their ongoing support of Open Space.

"No one who lives on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley can question the importance of open spaces and gorgeous landscapes to our quality of life, the water we drink, the air we breathe and our very identity. Preserving these treasured areas is synonymous with life itself."
-San Mateo Daily Journal - December, 17, 2013

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Room to Breathe: Video
This video, produced by Doug McConnell, provides an overview of our mission to aquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.

Room to Breathe: Book

Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula is a community celebration of over 100 color photographs and paintings coupled with prose and poetry. It serves as a keepsake for those who know this land well; and for those who don’t, it will be a splendid introduction.

Room to Breathe makes a great gift for yourself and for fellow outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.The coffee table book is available for sale online, at the District Administrative Office, and at several area bookstores.

For more information, including sample page previews, please visit the Room to Breathe website:

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