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Rancho San Antonio is Midpen’s most popular preserve because it is located so close to many communities and very easy to access, with a large network of trails and wonderful opportunities to connect with nature and to visit an old farmstead. Parking demand is high during peak hours and visitors often wait in their cars to secure a parking space. This detracts from the overall experience and can lead to visitor frustration and at times conflicts. 

  • More than 1 million people live within 10 miles of the 3,988-acre preserve & adjoining 165-acre county park.
  • Midpen has been monitoring visitation at RSA annually since 2016, with average annual use at over 660,000.
  • Deer Hollow Farm, which receives 100,000+ visitors annually, is owned by Midpen, but its public programs are managed by the City of Mountain View.
  • The average number of people per car is 1.5.

In June 2017, Midpen and Santa Clara County Parks held a meeting to discuss the issues with local public agency stakeholders. This group confirmed the need to identify and evaluate parking and access issues, and brainstormed strategies to address these issues over the short, mid- and long-term.

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Goals and Objectives

To better understand the underlying causes for the parking and access challenges and develop effective strategies to address them, Midpen is beginning a Parking and Transportation Demand Analysis to:

  • Evaluate existing parking and access conditions.
  • Understand how visitors access the preserve.
  • Identify strategies to encourage other modes of travel and reduce parking demand.

This information will inform phase two efforts to promote greener transportation options, improve the visitor experience, reduce congestion and reduce parking impacts to adjacent communities. While the study is underway, Midpen will introduce some short-term measures to improve the parking issues. Measures include:

  • Educational efforts to promote ridesharing and alternative transportation;
  • Adding more secure bike racks;
  • Enhancing preserve informational signage; and
  • Initiating discussions with surrounding city leaders and agency staff to identify gaps in trail connections to nearby neighborhoods and recreation areas.

On June 26, 2019 the Board of Directors approved the short-term measures and the scope of work for the Parking and Transportation Demand Analysis.

Next Steps

Staff will reconvene the external stakeholder group that met in 2017 to share and coordinate on Board approved short-term measures and discuss partnership opportunities for medium and long-term measures.

Timeline

June 2017 Agency stakeholder meeting to brainstorm strategies to address parking and access issues
April 2019 Planning and Natural Resources (PNR) Committee review
June 26, 2019 Scope of work and short-term measures presented to and approved by the Board
July 23, 2019 RFP for Multimodal study released (more information here)
September 25, 2019 Award of contract for consultant by the Board (more information here)
Fall 2019 Begin Parking and Transportation Demand Analysis
Summer 2020 Study results released

Key Stakeholders and Partners

Partners in this project include:

  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Santa Clara County Parks
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • City of Mountain View
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of Los Altos
  • City of Los Altos Hills

Midpen is continually developing additional partnerships and working with stakeholders to grow this list as the project develops.

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Contact

Leialani Hufana, Project Planner at lhufana@openspace.org or phone (650) 691-1200, California Relay Service: dial 711