Midpen is working with numerous partners and stakeholders to complete regional trail connection projects in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Of the twenty-five priority project portfolios selected by Midpen's Board of Directors in 2014, nineteen include a regional trail component, and nearly all of these are funded by Measure AA. The trail projects include both east-west corridors like the Bay-to-Sea, Palo-Alto-to-Sea, and Saratoga-to-Sea trails and north-south corridors like the Coastal Trail, the San Francisco Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. These projects focus on closing gaps between existing trails to create a seamless, interconnected network.
At the August 14, 2019 board of directors meeting, Midpen staff presented an overview of current and emerging regional trail planning efforts and partnership opportunities within District boundaries.
An interconnected network of regional trails will link people to more preserves, improve access for bicyclists and equestrians, and enable users to explore further without ever having to leave a designated trail. Connections improve safety by reducing the need for trail users to walk or ride on roads between open spaces. Regional trails are also an opportunity to help people understand the big picture of land conservation efforts on the Peninsula--that protecting our environment and preserving greenspace for recreation is a collaborative effort between land-owning agencies, regulatory agencies and the public.
Each trail connection project has its own public process. If you would like to stay informed about regional trails issues and how Midpen is working to enhance the Peninsula's regional trail network, please sign up for project updates below.
Regional Trails Key Partners and Stakeholders
- San Francisco Bay Trail Program
- Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
- Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail
- County of San Mateo
- County of Santa Clara
- Cross Bay Transit Partners
- Peninsula Open Space Trust
- City of Palo Alto