Beatty property / photo by Midpen staff

Beatty Parking Area and Trail Connections

Beatty property (Midpen staff)

Currently on hold, the Beatty Parking Area and Trail Connections Project aims to develop public access and parking in the southeastern region of Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, which is also known as the Cathedral Oaks area. The project site and surrounding open space lands include rolling grasslands, oak woodlands and riparian habitat that support a diverse community of endemic plants and wildlife, including 24 special-status species. The area also has historic significance due to its association with the pioneer community of Alma, which is now submerged beneath the Lexington Reservoir.

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Beatty Project area map

 

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Public Access, Education, and Outreach
Public Access
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Grant Funded
Grant Funded
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Measure AA

In 2008, Midpen purchased the 57-acre property where the project site is located with funding assistance from Santa Clara County as part of an ongoing collaboration to expand the existing greenbelt in the Lexington Reservoir and Soda Springs Creek watershed. Located south of Los Gatos on the eastern side of Alma Bridge Road and Lexington Reservoir, the property abuts San Jose Water Company lands, through which a trail easement was gifted to Midpen in 1999 to create a trail connection to the popular Priest Rock Trail in the Sierra Azul Preserve. A public visioning process that was undertaken in 2012 and 2013 identified developing public access and parking in the southeastern region of Sierra Azul Preserve, which is also known as the Cathedral Oaks area, as a community priority. Midpen sought to begin fulfilling the public's vision (see Portfolio 22 in the 2014 Vision Plan) with the Beatty Parking Area and Trail Connections project.

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On January 13, 2021, the Midpen Board of Directors voted to defer the planning of a parking area and multi-use trail connection to Priest Rock Trail until a road-related newt mortality study could be completed. The fieldwork portion of the study is finished and a draft report is currently under stakeholder review.

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Funded by Measure AA 2014 Open Space Bond

Funding

Developing public access and parking in the Cathedral Oaks area of Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is supported by voter-approved Midpen Measure AA funds.

The trail connection project is funded in part by a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District.