Santa Clara County Local News: Parks & Recreation


All Local Parks & Recreation News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained

Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

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07/16/2024
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Five reasons to take the high-road into your favorite state park’s parking lot.

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07/02/2024
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Sempervirens Fund launches a new Trails Prescription Program for the Santa Cruz Mountains. This program aligns with regional Parks Rx efforts and offers curated trail guides and health insights to enhance outdoor experiences and well-being in the region.

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07/02/2024
Nearly every major environmental group in California opposes a bill that would modify the state’s signature environmental law to speed up upgrades to power lines. Supporters say it would help free the state from fossil fuels and make the grid more reliable, but opponents fear it would damage state parks.

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06/26/2024
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The City of Gilroy celebrated two milestones for its newest downtown popup park in the past week.

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06/25/2024
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Founded on the Fourth of July 1924, Memorial Park, deep in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is the birthplace of San Mateo County Parks, where generations of families connect to nature.

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06/20/2024
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As summertime temperatures are here to stay for a while, local residents and families can cool off at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center during its recreational swim hours through the end of August.

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06/20/2024
On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

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06/11/2024
Image for display with article titled Midpen Reopens Alpine Road Trail After Major Upgrades

The 2.5-mile multi-use trail improvements, funded in part by Measure AA bond money, restore watershed health, improve habitat, and create a safe route to Skyline Boulevard.

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06/10/2024
Image for display with article titled Peninsula Open Space Trust Transfers 644 Acres of Johnston Ranch to Open Space District

The preservation action fulfills a long-term vision to protect agriculture and build climate resiliency on the coast.

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06/04/2024
Image for display with article titled New Indigenous-Led Initiatives and Trail Access at the Historic Filoli Estate

The new Lamchin Interpretive Center, sharing the story of the original inhabitants of this land, and the Spring Creek Trail open at Filoli.

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06/04/2024
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A new Cupertino park and trail expansion 20 years in the making is one step closer to construction, and advocates say it could create more equity across the city.

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05/31/2024
A large oceanfront property on the Big Sur coast owned by a European billionaire will be opened to public access after an agreement was reached with the California Coastal Commission.

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05/30/2024
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A newly completed bridge over Llagas Creek at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve in Morgan Hill extends the park’s existing wheelchair-friendly trail and leads visitors to a grassland day use area surrounded by riparian woodlands.

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05/28/2024
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History presents ‘Cotoni-Coast Dairies: Monumental Steps,’ celebrating a unique piece of land and the folks who protected it.

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05/23/2024
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The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority this week announced its first Coyote Valley Photo Contest, allowing local residents and photography enthusiasts to share their favorite images of the local natural wonderland.

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05/22/2024
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While San Jose works to divvy up a hefty donation from Google, residents want to make sure that money goes back to supporting their communities.

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05/15/2024
Image for display with article titled City Halts Negotiations on Gilroy Gardens Property

The City of Gilroy has halted negotiations with a company that previously showed interest in purchasing the city’s 536-acre property that includes Gilroy Gardens.

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05/15/2024
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A few miles from downtown San Jose, find history, wildlife, a diverse set of trails, and great picnic spots at California's oldest municipal park.

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05/13/2024
The City of Palo Alto is upgrading and building new restroom facilities at four local parks over the next several months.
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