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Lawsuit Doesn’t Stop San Jose Park Concerts

05/25/2023

Friends of Levitt Pavilion San Jose hosted its first springtime concert in St. James Park, the latest step in establishing a permanent outdoor performance venue. The shows will take place despite an appeal in a lawsuit to stop the revamp of the park.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Plans Plod Ahead

05/14/2023

Plans to revamp the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds into a sports and recreation facility have been progressing for more than a year, but it's unclear when shovels will hit the ground.

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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.
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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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