Yes, it’s possible! At the urging of Senator Jim Beall, the City of San José has applied for a $34 million California Transportation Commission Grant to complete a significant portion of the Five Wounds Trail from Story Road to Whitton Avenue, including environmental remediation and restoration and design of the trail all the way to the Berryessa BART Station. Grant awards will be announced in late spring 2019. And if we don’t make it this time, we’re confident that Senator Beall and the City of San José will reapply.
We think our chances are good! The purpose of the California Transportation Commission Grant is to connect communities to transportation modes and our trail connects directly to VTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on E Santa Clara Street as well as to BART stations planned for 28th Street and the already-built station in Berryessa. Disadvantaged communities are also a priority and – again – we fit.
The 2.17 mile project would include traffic signal modifications to support connectivity to the Three Creeks Trail at Kelly Park and a future bridge crossing over Coyote Creek and Lower Silver Creek, plus landscaped trail improvements, a community-based City Bike Plan addendum, environmental remediation and more.
We’re grateful to Senator Beall for pushing for this application and to the City of San José for submitting the most ambitious proposal possible.
To learn more, join Senator Beall and other local elected and agency officials for his Community Walk and Talk on the Five Wounds Trail on Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to noon, meeting at McKinley Elementary School, 651 Macredes Avenue.
A few weeks ago we were told that VTA planned to remove all of the railroad crossing signals and shacks along our trail. We were told they were hazardous, although no one explained why this became urgent after 20 years We were happy to hear that the shacks would go because they’ve become a major nuisance and often have been a health hazard. But we were alarmed at the possible loss of the signal signs which we hoped …Continue reading →
We had a phenomenal clean up crew out on the Five Wounds trail this morning — 104 volunteers (the most ever), including 50 community members (an especially big crew from McKinley/Bonita), 24 Cristo Rey students (first time participants), 17 SJSU students and a Downtown Streets Team of 13. We collected 150 bags of trash–15 cubic yards or 3 truckloads (thank you Paul Pereira from the Office Mayor Sam Liccardo) and dragged a few large items to intersections for the VTA …Continue reading →
Friends of Five Wounds Trail Our Fall Trail Clean Up is coming up next Saturday, October 24. Please let us know if you can join us by sending an email message to Terry Christensen. (If you’ve previously said so, you do not need to reconfirm.) We’ll have a crew from Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School joining us for the first time so this is a chance to meet these great kids and learn more about the new school …Continue reading →
From our friends at Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful. On Saturday, September 19th, we invite you to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day at Coyote Creek. Join neighbors, students, families, and friends to remove trash and beautify the creek. We need 150 volunteers to remove a huge amount of trash from this 8-acre site. This fun event is guaranteed to increase your Trash Karma! All ages welcome. Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon Location: Coyote Meadows, 749 Story …Continue reading →
We will hear reports from VTA, City and County on progress on maintenance of the trail and future plans and an up-date on BART planning and we’ll plan for the fall trail count and clean up on October 24th.
The trail count is scheduled for September 23rd. We need volunteers, so please let me know if you can cover an hour or two that day between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Participating in the count has been an important way for us to demonstrate the need for a properly finished trail by showing how much the trail is used even in its current condition.
The Rail to Trail conversion includes, at many locations, places where the train crossed existing roads. This includes an intricate cement and track surface and the disabled rail road crossing signals. Our thought is to save these existing rail road features and use them to; provide a safe “crosswalk” environment for the bike riders and pedestrians using the trail provide an historical context, reminding people that this was a rail …Continue reading →
Today we had 57 Friends of Trail turn out for our clean up — including Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilman Raul Peralez, and crews from Downtown Streets Team, Save Our Trails, Sustainable SJ D3, McKinley/Bonita, San Jose State University, West Valley Community College, Meet Up (thanks James Coberly), CommUniverCity and, of course, the leaders of Friends of Five Wounds Trail–and more. Sorry if I forgot any one — I’ve really gotta start writing a list! The trail was in fairly clean …Continue reading →