A view of the Beatty parking area and trail connections project location

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Midpen is beginning the planning process for new public access in the northern area of Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve.

Project elements currently under evaluation include:

  • Parking area
  • 1.3-mile multi-use trail connection to the Priest Rock Trail

The 57-acre former Beatty property is located on the easterly side of Alma Bridge Road and Lexington Reservoir. The property directly overlooks Lexington Reservoir and enjoys excellent views of the entire Lexington and Los Gatos Creek basin and the surrounding open space and park lands. The area's rolling grasslands, oak woodlands, and riparian habitat support a diverse community of endemic plants and wildlife, including 24 special-status species. The property was purchased in 2008 with funding assistance from the County of Santa Clara with an agreement to build a trail connection to the Priest Rock Trail.

Project Update

On August 4, 2020, the Planning and Natural Resources Committee advised the General Manager to defer this project until the completion of a population and mortality study for the California and rough-skinned newts in the area, which could influence the project’s scope, schedule and budget. The project will be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting on January 13, 2021Project update memo.

Learn more about the Newt Study

 

Beatty parking area and trail connections project location

 

Timeline

Tentative Schedule

Milestones

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Site feasibility and constraints analysis
Programming for conceptual design alternatives for proposed parking and trail connections
Environmental and technical studies

January 14, 2020

Planning and Natural Resources Committee meeting

August 4, 2020

Planning and Natural Resources Committee meeting

September 23, 2020

Memo to board for directors on project status and schedule

January 13, 2021

Project status presentation to board of directors

Funding

The trail project is funded in part by a grant from Valley Water. Developing public access and parking in the Cathedral Oaks area of Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is a project identified in Midpen's Vision Plan Portfolio #22, and is supported by voter-approved Midpen Measure AA funds. 

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