Revitalizing Coyote Meadows

On September the 8th at the McKinley Neighborhood Center, the first Coyote Meadows Coalition Community Meeting was held to share ideas for reclaiming Coyote Meadows, a nearly 50-acre parcel of land at the intersection of Story and Senter roads in San Jose. Over thirty people attended the meeting and among them Angel Rios, Director of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) and Yves Zsutty, Trail Network Manager.

CM_Landfill viewCoyote Meadows was known as one of the largest homeless encampments in the area (“The Jungle”) and contains a former landfill. One of the big advantages of possibly developing this space is that the land is already owned by the City of San Jose.

The audience was welcomed by Heather Lerner of the Happy Hollow Foundation. Deb Kramer of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful provided background of how the Coyote Meadows Coalition came together, the vision of the group and the idea of cultivating a mindset of stewardship or community ownership for Coyote Meadows, a former landfill. One big advantage to activating this space is that it is already owned by the City of San Jose, so acquisition costs are not a factor.

He highlighted that political will is needed to make this happen, along with investment strategies and compromises. Trails Manager Yves Zsutty recommended going BIG on the proposals since there are not any neighbors to complain about the noise or use. Also in attendance was Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Barbara Keegan, who shared the concerns of by the Water District about pollution in the waterways, but that an open space park would help to reduce pollution and minimize homeless activity while providing excellent recreational opportunities.

Some issues that sparked interest among the meeting were mostly concerned with the homelessness problem in the area. Coyote Meadows is indeed a great idea and it has many supporters, but the Coyote Creek Coalition needs help from the wider community in order for this project to move ahead.

CM_280 viewLearn more and see maps at the webpage.

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Written by Quimet Martinez, SJSU student.

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  1. On the way back from dropping off my grandson, Ryan at Cal Poly (second year), my daughter and I brainstormed the Coyote Meadows Park. Here is what we came up with for the Landfill mound that overlooks HWY 280 and the San Jose, Downtown Skyline. That is an awesome view of the City!

    So…. teen and adult fitness park. You know the steps at Communication Hill and how many folks use them as a workout: a stair-trail or two up that mound! Also, a rope pull, where one is challenged to pull their way up the hill, via rope and pulley. Slides for the younger folk, once they get up. A ring of fitness stations at the top of the hill, such as pull-ups, sit-ups and such. benches for sitting and relaxing, some with game-board decorations on top, but you have to bring your own checkers or chess pieces. Stations overlooking key landmarks in San Jose…. Mt Hamilton/Lick, Umunhum, certain buildings. carve one face more steep and put a rock-climbing wall. Rope ladders and those bars where you have to go across like a monkey. YOu get the idea. I think downtown people and all San Jose residents would be attracted to this if it had such features. Rope swings, where you have to go across a trench (with safety net in place of course.

    Anyway, a concept conception for the Coyote Meadows Park concept.

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