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This Strategic Plan Update will help chart the course for the Parks Department’s next 20 years. Your thoughts and opinions are critical in helping shape the vision for this plan. On the map below, tell us about the County parks, trails and features that you use and enjoy the most, and also about places where you envision a change.

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Mike Vandeman no_rating /
never
Bicycles should be restricted to paved roads. 05/21/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
I visit The Virl O. Norton / Hacienda Trail Loop off of the Mockingbird entrance 1-5 times per week. I've been doing this for years, and over the past year, have committed myself to doing trash pickup on every single hike. This is because I've noticed recently an increase in trash along and beside the trail. Typically, it's dog poop bags, tissues, food wrappers, water bottles, and so forth. While the dog poop bags are evenly distributed along the trail (and a slight decrease in poop bags has correlated with the "no poop fairy" sign), the rest of the trash is particularly bad anywhere there's picnic tables. A significant fraction of the recent food-related trash is wrappers with Chinese writing, which correlates with the increase in Chinese-speakers on the trail. I'm in no way suggesting that Chinese-speakers are littering any more than anyone else who uses the trail, instead, that perhaps some multilingual anti-trash outreach, signs, etc, could help. 05/20/2017
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Maria Estrada no_rating /
no_frequency
05/18/2017
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Chris Kangas good /
monthly
Love the park, but hate the destruction the cows do in the wet. Please keep the cows off the the trails when wet. Focus on linking up Harvey Bear to Henry Coe and OSA Lands on the Palassou. Also link to Anderson lake and up to Coe near Dunne Ave. 05/17/2017
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anonymous no_rating /
no_frequency
Please put a park in this empty abandoned lot 05/17/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
weekly
Coyote Creek Trail between Bernal Road and Embedded Way: I run this trail a few times a week and LOVE it. It would be nice to have a few more interpretive signs of some of the spots along the trail. There is what looks like the remains of a very old orchard and an old white Victorian style house that I'm curious about. The creek itself could use some clean up after the massive flooding we had this winter. There are a lot of clogged areas of downed trees and debris along the trail. 05/17/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
Almaden Quicksilver McKean trailhead: Portapotties need to be maintained better. There are a lot of hikers with dogs off leash. This park really needs a parking lot at the McKean trailhead. It must drive the community crazy to have so many people parking on their streets. 05/17/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
infreq
I love attending Shakespeare performances at sanborn park. It's beautiful. 05/16/2017
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Judy Coughlin good /
weekly
Please use more native plants when you relandscape - here and in all county parks. 05/16/2017
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Jen Wheelock exceptional /
weekly
I love running the trails at Quicksilver and Sierra Azul OSP. They're well maintained and it helps me reset for the week to come. Running there is my form of meditation 05/16/2017
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Christine Mannos good /
weekly
Actually we visit this park daily....we love walking over each and every day. We wish the community garden would open soon... 05/16/2017
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carol capper exceptional /
monthly
it's hard to park here. there are just a few spots at the prospect end of the park. could use at least a little more parking here without severely impacting the park. 05/16/2017
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carol capper exceptional /
weekly
it is too crowded on weekends. but don't make more parking lots. that will just make it more crowded and impact the park even more. let's keep it natural. if it's too crowded and there's no parking on a particular day, go somewhere else. 05/16/2017
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carol capper no_rating /
no_frequency
05/16/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
Your map feature does not seem to be working well, but the parks that I visit most frequently are Los Gatos Creek, Sanborn and Vasona Lake. 05/16/2017
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anonymous good /
infreq
Fremont Older. Please provide a trash bin for dog waste. We don't have a dog, but other owners had left dog waste in the bathroom - and worse still on the trail! 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
All Parks: I see some value in having WiFi at park headquarters and visitor's centers, but in general I think there should be minimal technology in parks. And for nuisance control and privacy, I think we should discourage drones. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
Coyote Creek Parkway and all parks: Sometimes it seems like we are not moving aggressively on some invasive species. But I may be not aware of everything the parks sytems is doing. Are we attacking arundo and pampas grass to get them out before they are out of control? 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Ogier Ponds: we don't have much fresh water marsh habitat, so Ogier Ponds are really important. Make sure that this habitat is protected and not harmed by changes made to Coyote Creek to promote fish passage. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
All parks. If we are going to have multi-use trails, they need to be designed to be safe for hikers, which means we need to design in ways to slow down bicyclists on downhills and blind curves. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
rarely
Santa Teresa: The Stile Ranch Trail going up through some chaparral in serpentine is a fantastic hiking spot, unlike anything else in the area. Unfortunately, it also can be dangerous for hikers. It seems like some bicyclists use this as a technical training area that can make it difficult for coexistence. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
All parks. I'm really concerned about noise. I want to encourage families but at the same time I want to minimize noise. There are regular articles that appear that tell us how noisy our lives are, even in national parks and wilderness. That's crazy. Parks should be places where there is some quiet. We don't think about it often but noise is also very bad for the wildlife who depend on hearing to find prey and to avoid predators. Some small areas probably do need to be sacrificed for noise events but that should be minimized. Please what can be done to encourage peace and quiet? Sometimes it seems like they route airplanes over parks. We should object. Route airplanes over cities. Put the noise and visual impact where it belongs. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Chitactac Adams - the signage at this park is incredibly good. And in spite of being so small this park is just about my favorite, with the creek, all the history, the artifacts, it is truly incredible. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
Grant Ranch: I'm looking forward to opening up the new area along Smith Creek (Sulphur Creek?). I think it's especially important to protect natural resources in these remote areas. At one time the short trail around Grant Lake was advertised (maybe in Bay Nature?) as a ADA-type trail. But it probably isn't. Have we as a parks system ever looked at what the demand is for accessible trails? If we built some accessible trails, would they be used? Maybe that would be a good subject for a study. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
Grant Ranch -One time I drove up to Grant Ranch and unfortunately I had picked a Muddy Buddy day. What a nightmare! It's discouraging to go to your favorite park and find that it has completely been taken over by some commercial event with loudspeakers blaring, incredible noise. 05/15/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
Grant Ranch - I think we should add a real restroom at Grant Lake. It's one of the most popular places to stop, both cars and bicycles. Also I think we need to charge for parking or do something to free up parking. I have an annual pass and it's very frustrating to go to the lake and not even be able to park. Sometimes groups of people come and completely fill the lot. I think if there was some kind of fee, it might encourage groups to car pool. Some bicyclists drive up, park and ride from there. To me that's really a waste of a parking space. A bicyclist could easily park in the main part of the park and ride out - the distance is small for someone on a bike. If people who fish can't clean up their garbage when there are garbage cans right there, then they shouldn't be allowed to fish. What can we do to get people to put their garbage in receptacles? One time I drove up to Grant Ranch and unfortunately I had picked a Muddy Buddy day. What a nightmare, why is the form stopp 05/15/2017
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Stephanie Reader good /
weekly
I value this reminder of the not-so-distant past agricultural history of our area. The Valley of Heart's Delight is rapidly disappearing as Silicon Valley devours open space. While this orchard and the History House are just a fragment of that past, I find them a powerful reminder of the changes this landscape has seen in just a few hundred years since the arrival of Europeans. 05/14/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
I hike Bernal-Gulnac-Joice park at least once a week. Within a couple of minutes you feel like you're on top of the world looking out over Santa Clara Valley. It feels remote, yet safe at the same time. Lots to see, wildflowers, wildlife, and fresh air. Love visiting with the chickens as you come off the hill! 05/13/2017
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Steve Curran exceptional /
rarely
I love this park. It is part of the natural environment where I grew up and roamed as a kid, and I was delighted it was preserved rather than developed. Both my parents are buried in the nearby cemetery, so my emotional connection is strong. I visit when back in the Bay Area, which is rare these days. Most of my time is spent overseas. 05/13/2017
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Deborah StJulien exceptional /
weekly
05/13/2017
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Deborah StJulien exceptional /
weekly
05/13/2017
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Deborah StJulien exceptional /
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05/13/2017
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Deborah StJulien good /
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05/13/2017
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Deborah StJulien good /
weekly
05/13/2017
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Sabine Won good /
infreq
We love going to Shoreline Lake in Mountain View to ride bikes and have a picnic lunch. The lake is a good size to take out a canoe or rowboat. They also have shops, restaurants and a golf course. This is a great family-friendly site with lots of different things to do! 05/13/2017
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Lillian Grimes good /
weekly
love the trail during the weekends 05/13/2017
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david bezanson good /
monthly
Mt. Madonna would not be improved via infrastructure development. Increasing the health of current forest and expanding its acreage would improve the park. Do not remove fallen trees and branches. Instead, leave it as mulch and compost to grow more forest. Plant more trees periodically, especially in years of average or above average precipitation. 05/13/2017
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stephanie schaefer good /
monthly
05/13/2017
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Diana Roberts exceptional /
infreq
Love the wildflowers, vistas, trails, camping. 05/13/2017
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Diana Roberts exceptional /
infreq
Love the wildflowers, vistas, trails, camping. 05/13/2017
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Lsahoo@outlook.com no_rating /
no_frequency
05/12/2017
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anonymous good /
monthly
05/12/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
weekly
05/12/2017
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Samson Tu good /
infreq
Lovely spring wildflowers. 05/12/2017
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Samson Tu good /
infreq
Close to home. Good birdwatching area. 05/12/2017
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anonymous poor /
weekly
This is the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard that is a city historical landmark, on the archived Santa Clara County historical resources inventory (circa 1970's) and California State point of historical interest. The landmark and open space preserve was donated along with the Gilbert Smith History House to the City of Los Altos in perpetuity to be used to preserve and educate citizens on the agricultural history of the Valley of Hearts Delight. It has not been adequately identified, preserved or maintained and is currently marked as in "poor condition" without City funding or help to protect, restore or preserve this property. It needs recognition and protection from building development and destruction of this wonderful cultural asset. 05/11/2017
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stephen rosenthal exceptional /
infreq
great views of shooting star in the spring 05/11/2017
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stephen rosenthal exceptional /
infreq
Love the serpentine 05/11/2017
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anonymous no_rating /
no_frequency
05/11/2017
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Radhika Thekkath no_rating /
no_frequency
05/11/2017
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anonymous poor /
rarely
had a bad experience hiking at Coyote Lake - the main trail going up from the main parking lot was completely full of cow pies, it was impossible to avoid stepping on it. Also the trail was very difficult to hike, because of the cows footprints, mud, and cow pies. Didn't return to the park. 05/10/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
Meadows Park is a great little park for everyone. I enjoy the bluebirds, hummingbirds, robins, and other wildlife that use the trees in this park. 05/09/2017
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anonymous good /
infreq
I thoroughly enjoy this park. It's a beautiful place to go birding and enjoy the outdoors. 05/09/2017
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Ann Waltonsmith exceptional /
monthly
I am concerned that Sanborn Park planning is not taking into account that a regional spur trail is coming up from the valley floor at Saratoga, following Route 9 and going into the lower end of Sanborn Park. The Park needs to help in that planning and to also design connector trail within the park itself. 05/08/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
need permanent bathrooms and improve trail from road immedately up the hill to St Joseph's - causes slippage and falls 05/08/2017
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Mike Crowe exceptional /
infreq
I am an archer and love my dog and the out doors. I've been going to the archery range at MT Madonna for about 10 years. I frequent predators archery shop in Gilroy because of the friendly people there and a chance to shoot somewhere different than Pacifica, Oakland, and woodside. I camped there for the first time Thursday and was blown away how clean and large the park was. The bathroom was hotel like. I mean CLEAN! The trees and climate are perfect. I'm telling everyone I know about my experience. I was more than happy to pay 35$ to stay and shoot Friday. I also ride OHV. Hollister Hills also should make the list. It keeps getting better and better there. Because of this type of lifestyle, I am accustomed to dusty, loud filthy crowded parks and bathrooms full of fly's and the cheapest toilet paper available to humanity. I'm sure it's because schools not out yet and we had a wet winter that had something to do with my weekday visit but I know a first class place when I see one. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner exceptional /
weekly
I love seeing wildlife and riding my motorcycle on the serene trails. Two fawns were running the trail ahead of me for a half a mile yesterday. I saw a Golden Eagle last week. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
rarely
I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
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I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
monthly
I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner exceptional /
monthly
I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
monthly
I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
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I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
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I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
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I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Gus Meyner good /
monthly
I love seeing wildlife and riding my mountain bike on the serene trails. 05/07/2017
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Jenifer Brecheen exceptional /
weekly
I would like to see another entrance into Calero from Fortini Rd. Connection between the three parks, Santa Teresa, Calero and Quicksilver. Backcountry camping access. 05/06/2017
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anonymous good /
infreq
Expand campgrounds county-wide, encourage new campgrounds, number of spaces has not kept pace with population growth making it difficult to find a spot without extreme advance planning. 05/05/2017
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Garnetta Annable no_rating /
no_frequency
Except to volunteer to clear the Deer pen at Mt. Madonna-- don't visit because it is closed to mountain bicycling. 05/03/2017
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Advyth Ramachandran question /
never
I would like the Silver Creek hills to become a county park. They are beautiful to drive past and it contains some serpentine chaparral (I think?) which is unique. This area must not be developed. 05/01/2017
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Advyth Ramachandran exceptional /
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I would like Joseph D. Grant County Park to be expanded eastwards up Mount Hamilton! In addition, I would like it expanded southwards down San Felipe Creek. 05/01/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
weekly
I would like to see more of the history of the train that ran through the park as I'm fascinated by the remnants I see of it. When I talk to other visitors I'm surprised no one seems to know about the train, even though they're walking on the path where the train used to travel. Having spent so much time in the park as a teenager in the 1970s I'm so grateful for all the work that has been done to make this park my little bit of heaven on earth. Sure wish I could work at the park! Many thanks, Phyllis 05/01/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
Would love to see the County work with the City and water district to connect the Coyote Creek Trail paved path to the Madrone Channel Trail in the City of MH. This will get people connected to the trail via walking instead of driving to the trail head. 04/28/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
monthly
Harvey Bear has become a regular destination for South County residents. IT's two mile paved walking bath is great for those that the steeper trails are a little too difficult for. We use access the trails for running and hiking from both the main entrance and Mendoza entrance. 04/28/2017
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anonymous good /
weekly
Use this trail for walking, biking, and running. Use regularly with kids, friends and others. Its a great facility. 04/28/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
weekly
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear. I think this is a great example for Open Space Parks. It has quite a bit of trails to see the area and get some exercise. It is a good model for a multi-use trail system. There are a few hike only trials for those wanting only hikers yet there are many Multi-use trails for hiker, bikes, and horses. I'd like to see a few more single track multi-use trails that can be an alternate to a couple of the insanely steep fire roads. I like that it is open to leashed dogs too. I hike and bike there often and I think this is park does a good job of balancing all of the users and enables us to get outside but still is in close proximity to our cities. 04/27/2017
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R L good /
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Mt Madonna. This area is nice. Not too far from the city but far enough to get away. I think some of the trails should be opened up to biking especially on the Northern side where there are few hikers. Perhaps creating a couple of new Multi-use trails in the northern side where there are not any/many trials. If heavy horses are allowed on the trails then mtn bikes should be allowed. I think some of camping sites should be non reservable or at least not opened up until a week prior. 04/27/2017
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anonymous good /
monthly
Mt Madonna - Is an amazing place, it could stand some updating, improve the quality of the campground, add glamping, permit mountain bikes on most trails, and restore views. 04/26/2017
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anonymous good /
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Lexington Reservoir - Allow power boating, improve the picnic area on the east side of the reservoir, connect the Bay Area Ridge Trail 04/26/2017
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Erika Ghose exceptional /
monthly
Love parking at the Fortini entrance to Santa Teresa and walking up the switchbacks amongst the poppies! My dog loves it, too! 04/26/2017
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brian_dean_taylor@yahoo.com fair /
monthly
Motorcycle park is a great resource but it could be a lot better. The beginners area could be expanded to help new riders learn. These are mostly kids. There are not enough entry level kid areas. The older ranger on the dirt bike often hassles people needlessly and selectively enforces the rules. The younger rangers tend to be more reasonable and more responsive to the public. They are also helpful and friendly unlike the older ranger. There could be better maintenance of the mx track. Water facilities for the beginner track would be great. Also the GP Track sees little use. Be good to combine it with the MX track and let a private operator run iT properly. 04/23/2017
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brian_dean_taylor@yahoo.com fair /
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Santa Teresa is ok. It has 2 decent single track trails, Stiles Ranch and Rocky Ridge. Ohlone has a section which is fun single track. Generally could be lots more great single track here. Lots of steep boring fire roads could be replaced by great single track. This park has lots of potential particularly when combined with IBM property on the south side of the park. I've never seen any improvements to this park despite coming here for 15 years. The trials are the same as are the facilities. The park should adapt to reflect the dense urban environment that surrounds it. 04/23/2017
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brian_dean_taylor@yahoo.com poor /
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Almaden Quicksilver has nothing but fire roads and it's not accessible by bike unless you go all the way to New Almaden practically. Be great to have connecting trails from Guadelupe Mines Road. There is no single track at the park. 04/23/2017
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Jon Kawada good /
weekly
Some access points can be difficult for some. Great example of mixed user access. 04/23/2017
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business43id@yahoo.com no_rating /
no_frequency
04/21/2017
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Eric Dunham no_rating /
no_frequency
04/20/2017
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Dave Worthing good /
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Often times the pay station at Santa Teresa will not accept credit cards or coins. That forces people to use bills (if they have them) and get a bunch of $1 coins. When I was there two weekends ago, people were getting frustrated and just drove off without paying. 04/20/2017
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anonymous poor /
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Needs improvements in safety!! 04/20/2017
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anonymous good /
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Coyote Valley at Fisher Creek. The County and Open Space District and City and City of San Jose should buy these wetlands for wildlife connectivity and to protect the water table and restore the wetland. This year it flooded like it used to in 1800s and 1900s. It would not be for recreation, but for environmental protection! This is important. 04/19/2017
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anonymous fair /
monthly
Los Gatos Creek. I go twice a month--mostly for the dog park, but I do like the percolation ponds for walking in the winter. The geese are terrible and the poop is awful. Weren't you going to use dogs to harass them? I am SO glad that Campbell wasn't allowed to build a high density village next to this park. I hope you will have kid fishing day again. The Dog Park will lose many users now that you have cut down the trees. the little dog side will be unbearably hot. Little dogs are particularly affected by heat. The whole place is getting pretty worn out...plants grow in the artificial turf. But I appreciate that you keep the water fountain operating. I don't understand why you close the dog park as often as you do during the winter, so sometimes I don't come for a month or two. Too long a drive to stare at a locked gate. 04/19/2017
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anonymous good /
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Calero. I think this would have been nicer when I was younger. The old ranch roads are too steep. Pena trail--a nightmare. I'm looking forward to the changes in the new master plan. When I come back on the creek, there is no way I am going to climb a hill to get to the start---I just go through a hole in the barbed wire and walk down the driveway. I've never seen a horseman so I am wondering whether this brand-new master plan is really appropriate because wasn't it designed to separate the different users. I like switchbacks and contour trails. Not enough of them in this park so far as I have discovered. It's pretty and I wish I could explore more, but that ship has sailed. 04/19/2017
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anonymous good /
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Alviso Baylands. I can't do much because I always walk with the dogs. I've been to a couple of events. It's been fun to see the rebuilding over the years. The historic plaques are interesting. The piano was fun. WHY did you build the amphitheater with no normal size steps? There was a history event I attended and most attendees were older. They were supposed to use the amphitheater but almost none of them could...the rise was too great and no railings. A couple went down to sit, but then had to walk all the way around a long way to rejoin the tour because their was no way back up with normal steps. UGH. 04/19/2017
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anonymous poor /
rarely
Penitencia Creek is really just a flood plain, right? Yes, there is a trail, but it gets flooded up at Mabury. The little lake dries up. There's nothing there. I hear that you plan to fence off the year-round creek and then it will really have no reason to go there. Are you responsible for under Hwy 680? Or is that the city's? What a mess under there. Are you responsible for up by Noble Ave wetlands? Those are cute, but they are empty now. It's confusing water district, city, county. Who do I complain to? 04/19/2017
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anonymous question /
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Upper and Lower Stevens Creek. I drove through a couple of times. But only a little bit allows dogs and it didn't seem worth the effort to figure out. I don't get anywhere that I can't take my dogs. I didn't go to any county parks for 25 years until you relaxed the dog rule. Now I have an annual pass. 04/19/2017
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anonymous good /
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Sanborn. I like the hidden parts. So I walk out to the lake and then towards Hwy 17. (We do a shuttle). Or the trails down by Hwy 9. I have always wanted to camp, but I can't get a campsite. I don't understand why I can't because when I go, there are always vacant spots. The ranger says they are reserved but people don't show up and no, the rangers can't sell them. The new trail from the lake to the summit is very nice, but I didn't go all the way. I hope you will rebuild some other trails to the summit. I go to Sanborn now because I can take my dogs. 04/19/2017
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anonymous fair /
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I enjoy bits and pieces. Years ago, I would ride the parts that were built. Fun to watch it grow and get connected and with parking added. But now I walk pieces. I enjoy going to the lakes and sitting on the benches. Lots of maintenance needed--broken benches, cracked pavement, but I'm not riding so I don't have to worry about that. I wish for better signage and various entry ways--maybe signs from Monterey Road and other major roads to help find entrances. I appreciate that the part you are responsible for does not seem to have a lot of homeless--unlike the city of san jose part which is scary dangerous. 04/19/2017
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anonymous question /
never
Never been because no dogs allowed. Not even on weekdays. I hear that it is too crowded but very pretty. 04/19/2017
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anonymous fair /
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Uvas. I like the loop up to the falls and then overlooking and above the creek--but there are some really narrow spots and it is crowded on the weekend. The in an out trail on the southern end is boring. Did it twice. The trail from campground and then comes back along the creek to ranger station is a mess. We couldn't find the crossing. We had to hug trees to walk on the trail. And this was before the wash out. I commented to the ranger and got a shrug. Where was the warning sign? We were over 55 and a couple with their 6 year old was really struggling. I've never been able to get a campsite--all reserved and half empty. UGH. 04/19/2017
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Jean Dresden good /
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Vasona is a nice urban park. I go during the week with the dogs and enjoy watching the birds and squirrels and the quiet (yes, I hear the roar of Hwy 17 but it's like white noise). Stuff looks in good enough repair considering it is overwhelmed on the weekend. I enjoy walking in December just at sunset and you are starting to turn on the Christmas lights but haven't tossed people out yet. There seems to be a need for more trees in some of the big turf areas...but maybe on weekends people play sports. 04/19/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Camping is great! Wish you would patrol the day-users and night fishermen out of the campground--some bad people. Maybe limit night fishing. With low lake level, and changes to boating regulations, this was really nice and quiet. Love the trails and the many loops from campground and from dam. Love the Mummy Mountain loop and how you keep adding trails and connections. And GREAT trail building with stone on Mummy Mountain. Only climbed in from Harvey Bear side just once. Too much horse and pedestrian traffic with my leased dogs...no where to step off trail in a couple of places. The flat loop trail taught me a lot about open space. It took forever to circle. Good lesson. great park. So many choices and options. Wish you would do more to keep mountain bikers from building illegal trails/shortcuts. Have work days so we can haul logs and boulders to block what they do--eg Valley Oak trail--scary when they crash onto trail from their cutoff. Ed Wilson trail is very fun little surprise. 04/19/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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I went twice. First when it opened and great signage and design. Then I stumbled across a day when interpretive stuff. The food was really interesting . I learned a lot about natives. I'd bring a class or a certain kind of friend, but I've never stumbled across another interpretive Saturday. Glad someone lives next to it so that it is safe. 04/19/2017
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anonymous fair /
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Almaden Quicksilver. This park is being loved to death. You need to solve the McAbee entrance problem. Build better drainage on the trail from McAbee to the south--every year it is a complete mudhole and 100s make it wider and wider. Please DO NOT make single track bike trails over the ridges..soil is too friable and they are too crazy. Please do make single track walking trails over some of the ridges. I love the frogs in the pond on western side south of reservoir. I liked painting in the cemetery. The tour in the truck was fun. Better signs and mileage markers for different trails on the New Almaden entry. I really liked Virl Norton trail. Thank-you for western entrance at Mt Um Road. Please build a legal entrance over the dam. (We all do it now, but it really is dangerous and I notice this more after age 60) 04/19/2017
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anonymous fair /
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Calero. Too many ticks. Trails on northside have too much loose sharp rock. Scrape the roads and bring in better materials. Why did you give away so much land/trails to habitat? I don't like the re-routing of the trail on the southwest part of the parking lot. Way finding sucks. I do like the waterfall on the east side. Never have gotten around to looking at historic house. 04/19/2017
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anonymous good /
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Mt Madonna. Love the trails. Wish you would fix the connector campground to bottom of hill. Wish you would change reservation system. Rich people grab all the spots and then don't show up. Lots of sites in the campgrounds are often vacant all weekend. Unlike National Park/Forest/other agencies, you won't pull the reservation if they don't show up. I have only been able to camp ONCE because I don't know when I will have off until about 2 weeks ahead. If you would do what others do, they declare how many openings at 10 am and then sell them. WHY CAN"T YOU???? Otherwise, it is really quite lovely. Oh I am afraid to leave my car in the lower parking lot now. 04/19/2017
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anonymous good /
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this is for Grant Ranch. Love it. MANY loops and combinations possible. Easy to harder. Short or long. Can control sun access a little bit in hot summer. Love camping here. Love listening to coyotes. Love the fog in the valley and clear on the ridge. Love Smith Creek trail. Love getting deep into the park. Wish you would repair the east facing windows on the house. I keep thinking I'll bring glazing material and paint, but I forget. Loved house tour and stories. Loved the Native Astronomy/tree talk. Love that it is enough people so that I can walk alone but sure someone will come along, but otherwise hardly anyone there. Love watching people roast their turkey for Thanksgiving in the picnic ground. Wish the pads were better in the overflow campground and the pull-throughs were edge with rocks to keep dust down. 04/19/2017
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Jean Dresden fair /
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The Map doesn't load right. This comment is for Ed Levine. The trail connectivity is not good for the two sides of the park. I can't put together a loop walk from ranger house to the hang gliding area. You can't escape and cross the street to the area with children's play ground without climbing through barbed wire. Make a sign about aggressive cows. I was on the western trail and the cows came after me. Do I stand big? Make eye contact? Yell? Back up slowly? The way finding on the trail past the private golf course is terrible. Very confusing. why won't the rangers occasionally check on the dog park? Why aren't the dead/dying trees replaced in the dog park? Why were they all weed whacked? How do I get from ranger station with dog to the playground area without walking illegally on nature trail on Calaveras? Why did you close the trail along Calaveras when the subdivision went in? Why aren't dogs allowed up there? Why are they more impt than the park users which preceded? 04/19/2017
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Diane Thomson exceptional /
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One of the least used parks. It's a bit of a drive to get there -- but what a joy when you're there. Wonderful trails -- and very few people. Wonderful wildflowers in the spring. 04/19/2017
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Diane Thomson exceptional /
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This is the most used County Park -- needs so much more parking space. We don't even try to go there on the weekends -- no parking available.l 04/19/2017
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Environmom95112@yahoo.com exceptional /
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NO development in Coyote Valley! There are plenty of parks and trails already. Many are seldom used. If more parks are needed, they should be in cities where there are high populations of people. 04/19/2017
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Tim Heffington good /
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I support the idea of linkage with a designated trail alongside the road or through acquiring additional land that can support a trail. 04/17/2017
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Tim Heffington good /
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I support the idea of linkage with a designated trail alongside the road or through acquiring additional land that can support a trail. 04/17/2017
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anonymous good /
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I enjoy walking the loop path at Harvey Bear several times a month with my family, including my leashed dog. I hike in some of the other parks on a less frequent basis. I rarely am able to responsibly visit parks that do not allow dogs on a regular basis as my dog needs to excersise just like us and I don't really have time to adequately walk my dog, then go on my own hike. Please maintain access for families with their leashed dogs. 04/17/2017
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Oleg Levitsky question /
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Design a trail to hike/jog to Mount Umunum that is not paved 04/16/2017
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Oleg Levitsky good /
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Add more "single line" trails similar to new Almaden train 04/16/2017
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Oleg Levitsky good /
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Add more "single line" trails similar to new Almaden train 04/16/2017
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Zana Vartanian exceptional /
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Rancho Mendoza is one of my favorite places to hike. 04/16/2017
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Wendy Connolly good /
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Love camping at Joseph D. Would like to recycling bins in campground. 04/15/2017
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Keith Lubliner exceptional /
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I use this park all the time. I run through Quicksilver to Sierra Azul; I would love to see connections to Umhunum and Calero Parks. 04/15/2017
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Jim Preston poor /
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The existing trail system that is open to mountain biking in AQ was laid out by miners over a hundred years ago. While good for exercise the trails are exceptionally boring to ride. The views are great and the trail potential for the park is amazing - but not if planned by park staff. Throughout the U.S. local mountain bikers are planning and building real mountain bike trails that are also interesting for equestrians and hikers. Government staff are assisting and insuring that trails do not infringe on historical, archeological, or paleontological sites. With SCC Parks the staff wants control of everything and tells us what we will get. In communities elsewhere and with the USFS and BLM we have the opposite situation and are getting trails funded and built primarily with volunteers and our own paid professional crews. SCC Parks wastes taxpayer money and continues to develop parks for the past. We need new park management, preferably hired from the USFS or BLM. 04/15/2017
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Alicia Salas exceptional /
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Excellent learning opportunities for students of all ages. 04/14/2017
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anonymous good /
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Great park that is well planned out. Would like to see the addition of a bit more shade around the picnic areas. Other than that it is wonderful. 04/14/2017
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vwortht@gmail.com fair /
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The section of the bike trail between Lark and Netflix was flooded most of the winter. When not flooded, the trail is covered with rocks and debris. Even when the trail is clear of debris, there are many large cracks and narrowing in this section. 04/14/2017
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anonymous good /
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The bike path is in urgent need of repairs. It is crumbling and very narrow in certain areas. In general, the whole path through the park is too narrow for the amount of traffic it receives, especially during the summer months and weekends. A major improvement would be the addition of an extra (3rd) lane for walking as I have seen on other well traveled trails. 04/14/2017
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Xabriel J Collazo Mojica exceptional /
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We love Uvas, especially because we can camp with our dog, the facilities are always clean, and there are free hot showers. Let's keep it that way. 04/13/2017
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Xabriel J Collazo Mojica fair /
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Los Gatos trails, around this area, needs cleaning. It would also be nice if the trail was complete between the 280 segment and the rest of the trail. 04/13/2017
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anonymous no_rating /
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May need more parking spaces and more frequent security patrol to reduce car burglaries. 04/13/2017
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James Stott no_rating /
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I would love to see more trails. One from the lower point of the Summer Rock trail Down to the winery and then over to the Hostel would be fantastic 04/13/2017
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anonymous good /
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Los Gatos needs a splash park or more significant water play area (similar to Campbell and even better Sunnyvale) 04/13/2017
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Angele Price exceptional /
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Trails will need improvement. Some along the hillside have become more narrow with erosion. 04/13/2017
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Chris Knoblaugh no_rating /
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We like the Baylands park area, since we live nearby. We like to walk in the area, but we would appreciate benches and flat trails. Our physical mobility is not great, and we would appreciate more options for those of us who are not in the best of shape. Multiple surgeries and illnesses do not impair our enjoyment of nature. It would be great to have a county list of parks with support for those with mobility challenges. 04/13/2017
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Chris Knoblaugh no_rating /
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04/13/2017
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Lisa Voss exceptional /
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Harvey Bear is a model park for its minimally invasive infrastructure and development. Keep it simple and natural in the old California style. Praise to the Harvey-Bear families for this tremendously generous gift to the community. 04/13/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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I can't believe the county would even consider allowing development in the Coyote Valley. This is a tragedy and a great loss for us. 04/13/2017
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Jesse Castaneda exceptional /
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A Southern pedestrian entrance to Hellyer Co park from the end of Snow Drive and intersection of Coyote Rd. This entrance would open up the park to the Great Oaks Neighborhood. Currently, to access the park from this location requires zig zagging through the bushes, homeless individuals, poison ivy, broken bottles, syringes and trying to cross the river If passable without falling in or getting muddy. 04/13/2017
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Allison Tanner good /
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Love dog friendly, well-shaded trails, pretty streams & creeks and camping at Sanborn Park! 04/12/2017
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Charlene Murray exceptional /
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The waterfall trail is fantastic. I would like to see more marked trails. 04/12/2017
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anonymous good /
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Love this park, please keep the great maintance. Maybe in the future add bathroom facilities and not just portable potties 04/12/2017
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Kerry Serda good /
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We enjoy biking on this trail. It needs repaving/repair in several areas. 04/12/2017
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Kerry Serda exceptional /
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We hike the trail 2-3 per week when days are longer. It would be nice to have another restroom option at the higher elevation. We do appreciate the cleanliness of the restrooms at the farmhouse entrance/parking. We also appreciate the filtered water fountain. 04/12/2017
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Robert Cicisly Jr. good /
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The trail down from the Bernal Rd. Turn-out lot at ST has a blind curve. The hikers coming up the hill towards Bernal are unaware of Rambo riders until they are upon them. Please DO NOT REPAIR the storm damage to the trail at the bottom of the trench!This is one way to slow down the crazies, since signs have little/ no effect. Improving trails only encourages Speeders. Since these people can afford $K bikes, they can afford to drive over the hill to other places if they wanna go fast. Essie's the barbed wire fences and the cow poop, I'm eagerly awaiting the return of the natural landscape the cows are supposed to help provide .. Re: Quicksilver..Keep the $K Bikes off of New Almaden Trail. It will surely turn into another Ohlone Trail soon enough..Every single track trail opened to $K BIKES turns into a dirt freeway wide enough to drive an ATV ! If these guys wanna ride single track, they can afford to drive a lil further over the hill 04/12/2017
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anonymous poor /
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Can't at least one meter of singletrack be opened up to bikes? Some of the interior trails are rarely visited, even by hikers. How hard would it be provide some access to, let's say, the New Almaden Trail, to provide a connection between the northwest and southeast ends of the park via singletrack? Most use of the park occurs at McAbee entrance, by walkers and hikers; they don't venture as much to the singletrack to the southeast corners of the park (I rarely see people at the Hidalgo Cemetery, for example.) The park seems to be cordoned off to bikers for apparently arbitrary reasons. OPEN IT UP! 04/12/2017
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anonymous poor /
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Almaden Quicksilver is a travesty when it comes to providing convenient access to mountain bikers. The reason most mountain bikers mountain bike is because they don't want to be killed by riding on the road. To access Almaden Quicksilver legally on the bike, one must ride miles upon miles of road to reach either the Hacienda or Hicks Road parking lots; Mockingboard provides access, but requires World Cup-level fitness to reach the innards of the park, by forcing mountain bikers to ride the steepest trails in the park. Why not provide access across the Guadalupe Reservoir dam? Ideally, a McAbee Road entrance for mountain bikers would be best, but apparently there are issues with providing access to another user group at the peril of fraying relationships with the nearby residents of the neighborhood, who have to put up with hundreds of cars clogging up the area roads. (I somewhat disagree, because most mountain bikers would ride to the trailhead, as a lot of them live nearby.) 04/12/2017
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David Conca exceptional /
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I would like to see less dogs at parks. Allow no dogs. Leave your dog at home! 04/12/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Would like to see safer bike connections for families to access park on weekends. Parking is very constrained. 04/12/2017
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Christine Alves good /
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I would love to see more DOG FRIENDLY county parks. If the parks were OFF LEASH that would even be better. Not sure why other county's allow dogs to be off leash and Santa Clara County does not, but because I have dogs, I hike with a large group outside of Santa Clara County, so my dogs can be dogs and enjoy the parks as much as I do. 04/12/2017
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anonymous good /
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A few years ago there was a proposal to improve the bike path and other features in Vasona park. The initiative took comments and I believe a final design was shown. It would sure be nice to have that, or something like it put in place. The bike path along Vasona reservoir is too narrow and is in need of maintenance, 04/12/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Would love to see connection from El Sereno OSP to Lexington 04/12/2017
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Matt Morley good /
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Ensure capacity for parking. Balance horse parking area with hiking access. 04/12/2017
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Matt Morley good /
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Ensure safety and security of vehicles. 04/12/2017
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Matt Morley fair /
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Connect across jurisdictions to State parks, trails, and open space. 04/12/2017
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Mike B fair /
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Please work with Mid Pen to improve regional trail connections through out the is area and Sanborn 04/12/2017
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Mike B fair /
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Please continue and accentuate work to improve multiuse trail access throughout Calero. This should emphasize regional trail connections among nearby lands such as Rancho Corral del Oro of OSA 04/12/2017
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Marlene Backes good /
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Maintaining paved trail conditions around Martial Cottle is important, maybe adding more benches around the trail for those who would need them. Maybe adding dog waste containers around the perimeter 04/12/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Would visit it more often -- but parking is very difficult especially on weekends. 04/11/2017
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Eric no_rating /
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Greg Schaffer good /
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I would like to see free parking in ALL COUNTY PARKS! I happen to walk to Stevens Creek park from my home. This is about 1 1/2 miles each way. A good warmup for the 6 miles of hiking I do in the park. It is never crowded, and that's what I like about the park. 04/11/2017
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anonymous good /
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a continuous hiker trail connection linking AQ with Calero would be a great extension of the trail system 04/11/2017
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anonymous good /
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a continuous hiker trail connection linking AQ with Calero would be a great extension of the trail system 04/11/2017
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anonymous good /
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I live close by, and used to ride there when I had a sane horse. I would love to see an equestrian facility be developed there with access to arenas and round pens, and maybe boarding. I think it's also time to install a real bathroom and expand parking at the Harvey Bear entrance. Thank you for keeping the equestrian parking lot open. 04/11/2017
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Melissa Singh no_rating /
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anonymous exceptional /
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Wonderful park, but I avoid it on the weekends due to lack of parking 04/11/2017
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Amy Cody no_rating /
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Ronald Horii exceptional /
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Santa Teresa is a huge oasis of open space in the middle of a highly-urbanized area. It is within walking distance of thousands of residents. Nearby transit provides access for thousands more. It provides a wide variety of recreational, educational, and natural experiences. It has wildflowers, awesome views, wildlife, and rare and endangered species. It occupies a large part of the Santa Teresa Hills, but there are thousands of acres in the hills that are still undeveloped and could be added to the park someday. 04/11/2017
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anonymous exceptional /
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Calero: Amazingly tranquil. 04/11/2017
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anonymous no_rating /
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Ed Levin: Easy access. Clean facility. We learned how to fish here with the county fishing program in Spring. 04/11/2017
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anonymous good /
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Coyote Lake has some great camping. Keep up the awesome job! 04/11/2017
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anonymous good /
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Stevens Creek Trail is fantastic. Please continue funding for necessary improvements and maintenance including cleanup due to recent rain erosion that is causing detours. 04/11/2017
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Anne Cowan exceptional /
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I would love to see more information about the mining history and preservation of what remains from that time. 04/11/2017
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anonymous good /
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I go walking around Sylvan Park every day, sometimes twice a day or more. Overall fantastic park. 2 areas for improvement: 1) upgrade workout equipment (very old/rusty, wood so has lots of splinters) and 2) add more bbqs / picnic tables 04/11/2017
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Anne Cowan no_rating /
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04/11/2017
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Lynn Guest exceptional /
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Love the trails 04/11/2017
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