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Parking lots to remain closed at Las Animas Veterans Park, for now

Residents who live near Las Animas Veterans Park say illicit activities in the area have decreased since city officials shut down two of its parking lots months ago. However, others, including members of the Gilroy Tennis Club, say the closure …

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County Revives Grant Program to Build Playgrounds for Kids and Adults with Disabilities

Up to $2 million will be available for projects in each of the five supervisor districts, providing matching grants to cities, school districts and nonprofits to build all-inclusive playgrounds.

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Raging Waters Announces Permanent Closure of San Jose Water Park

City officials are reportedly scouting for a new operator of the park, located on 23 acres on South White Road in East San Jose.

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EXCLUSIVE: Assemblymember announces $1 million for LGS Recreation

Many of the 30 or so people who filed into the linoleum-floored community center, Tuesday, had no idea what was about to be announced, but with the balloons and the heightened sense of anticipation you could tell it would be …

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Santa Clara County Parks open for free on July 29

Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation will host a special Free Entrance Day on July 29 “as a token of gratitude to the community for entrusting the department with the stewardship and recreation of over 52,000 acres of beautiful parkland …

Image caption: The California Constitution was written, in English and Spanish, at Colton Hall, at the time the largest municipal building west of the Rockies.
Hidden History in the Birthplace of California

Pam Marino of Monterey County Weekly reports that the city government there is grappling with a unique problem: How to provide access to the places that make Monterey “the most historic city in California.”

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Gilroy City Council finalizes no-camping ordinance approval

The Gilroy City Council on June 19 finalized its approval of an ordinance that prohibits camping near schools, in Uvas Creek and other public right-of-ways. The ordinance passed at the council’s June 5 meeting, and was placed in the consent …

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Vasona now boasts wheelchair-accessible boating facilities

It’s known for its paddle and row boats you can rent from early spring through fall. But now, Vasona Lake County Park boasts new ADA-compliant boat docks. That’s thanks to work done by Guerra Construction Group, including a wheelchair-accessible system. …

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Gilroy City Council passes ban on public camping

The Gilroy City Council approved an ordinance on June 5 that would prohibit camping near schools, in Uvas Creek and other public right-of-ways. However, some members of the public who spoke during the meeting said such a decision could put …

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Guest View, Zach Hilton: Biking for a vibrant city

Whose town has the true Pedal Power? Meaning, the most people with wind in their hair, and with wheels turning. With young people and adults rolling in the open air. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition invited cities across San Mateo and …

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Is San Jose Ready to Join the ‘Golden Age’ of Urban Parks?

Spinning off parks from underfunded government departments to entities that work closely with them has created “a golden age” for urban parks.

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Conservationists purchase 1,986-acre ranch in Morgan Hill

A regional land preservation organization recently purchased a 1,986-acre ranch in west Morgan Hill, pledging to permanently protect the property that includes sweeping views and critical wildlife crossings, as well as homes for native and endangered species.  The Peninsula Open …

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Gilroy Gardens opens March 25 with new event

The 2023 season at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park will get off to a colorful start in March with a new event: the Fantastical Flowers Spring Celebration. This two-month event will feature brightly colored blossoms, larger-than-life silk sculptures, and floral-themed …

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Residents can cash in on free state park admission

A swipe of a library card is enough for Californians to venture into the great outdoors for free. On Jan. 31, California State Parks representatives encouraged Californians to take advantage of multiple ways to visit state parks for free, including …

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Gilroy gets $4.5M for park, trail work

Gilroy will receive $4.5 million for two recreational projects after President Joe Biden signed a $1.7 trillion federal government spending package Dec. 29. A total of $3 million will go toward renovations at San Ysidro Park, while $1.5 million will …

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City begins negotiations on Hecker Pass adventure park

The Gilroy City Council unanimously agreed to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Select Contracts on Sept. 13 to discuss financials and other aspects of a proposed bike and adventure park on the hillside near Gilroy Gardens. The proposal …

Image caption: The newly opened Presidio Tunnel Tops provides free entertainment in pricy San Francisco.
Cheaper Thrills

California has some top-notch tourist attractions—with top-shelf prices. Here are some that won’t break the bank.

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Big Basin Welcoming Public Back Starting Friday

After nearly two years out of commission, Big Basin Redwoods State Park—the oldest State Park in California—is about to open to the public, once again. It was closed after being ravaged by the CZU Lightning Complex fire, (97% destroyed), but …

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Gilroy Gardens drops management company

Gilroy Gardens’ nonprofit organization is now fully managing the theme park for the first time in nearly 20 years. The management contract between Gilroy Gardens and Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Company expired at the end of 2021, park officials confirmed. …

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Citizen Science

Sometimes making the community better manifests as a better understanding of how nature works. Local birders lead the way.

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City of San Jose
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Wednesday October 4 2023   5:30 PM

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