Downtown Parks and Trails

downtown parks and trails

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  1. Chris Ghione
    Director of Community Services
    (408) 782-9154
Two parks and one trail area are planned for Morgan Hill's downtown.  After significant community outreach, design concepts developed by Joni Janecki and Associates were presented to the City Council on October 21, 2015. These concepts are now being used Verde Designs, Inc. to develop the construction documents that will be used for the constructing the parks.  The most updated designs are outlined below:
The City Council is scheduled to potentially award the contract for construction of the Downtown Parks Project on Wednesday, February 15. The City Council Agenda Packet is available here:

If the project is approved it is anticipated that construction on the parks will begin in March 2017.
Hill Top Trail/Park

The "Hill Top Trail" will connect Third Street to Fifth Street at Del Monte Avenue.  The concept provides for a multi-use trail is envisioned to link the eventual northern end of the West Little Llagas Creek Trail to the downtown.  The trail would not provide for an all access paved trail due to the steep hill it climbs, but signage indicating an alternate sidewalk trail connection to the downtown would be provided.  The new trail would serve to provide for a unique health and wellness related walking/running path right near the downtown.  The inclusion of par course equipment in design furthers the concept of providing this health and wellness benefit to residents and visitors.  An additional feature of the trail would be the inclusion of slides that use the existing grade of the hill to provide a unique experience.  It is believed that this type of park feature would further add to the excitement and vibrancy of the downtown.

Hill Top Trail

Concept Design by Joni Janecki and Associates Landscape Architects
Depot Park

The "Depot Park" is planned to replace 54 parking spaces within the parking lot adjacent to Depot Street just south of the train platform.  The concept design for this park space focuses on an active park with play equipment designed to serve younger children and families.  Through input received during the outreach. Staff and consultants were encouraged to focus on making the park active and exciting, and the play equipment is a reflection of that. The concepts provide for wifi connection and electronic device charging stations.  The existing train station shop would also complement and support the active design of the park.  

Depot Street Park
Concept Design by Joni Janecki and Associates Landscape Architects

Creek Park

The "Creek Park" will be constructed on the north side of West Third Street in the City owned property that has been planned as a park for some time.  This park and access to the "Hill Top Trail" are unique in that they would be constructed next to existing residences.  The park will utilize the area's natural features to provide a welcoming park area just steps away from the City's downtown.  Benches, tables and pathways will be included as well as potential recreation features that are more passive in nature.  The design of the park includes the use of two properties currently owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. One of these parcels will provide a walking path to Second Street and the other will serve to enhance the park gateway at the Third Street Bridge. The Water District is actively working with the City in the evaluation of potentially transferring these properties to the City for park use.

Little League Llagas Park
Concept Design by Joni Janecki and Associates Landscape Architects