Downtown Parks and Trails
Downtown Parks Project: A Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for this Saturday, December 2nd @ 10 a.m. at the Downtown Creek Park located just west of the Third Street Bridge in downtown Morgan Hill (near the Ladera Grill. There are three new parks being constructed in and around downtown Morgan Hill. Although all three parks will be open for viewing during this Saturday’s Grand Opening celebration, only Railroad Park located on Depot Street between 3rd and 4th Streets will be open to the public after the Grand Opening. The parking lot next to Railroad Park will be partially open after the Grand Opening. Construction of the Downtown Creek Park located on West Third Street and Nob Hill Trail Park located from West Third Street to Dunne Avenue will continue until the week of December 18th (weather pending). Please note: The Downtown Creek Park Parking Lot will be closed during construction. The following work is planned for the week of December 4, 2017:
Railroad Park: Follow-up completion items remaining. Park open to the public beginning on 12/2/17. Railroad Park parking lot will be partially open.
Third Street Creek Park: Continue to grade for pathways inside park areas and continue installation of irrigation and planting. Continue installation of fencing in park areas. ** Roadway is now a one way road from West Third Street to Del Monte Avenue. Park will open to the public in two weeks (weather pending).
*Nob Hill Trail Park –Continue with fencing/railing at trail. Continue forming for ramp at Dunne/Del Monte, two driveways to be completed. Park will open to the public in two weeks (weather pending).
For more information please check the following link: http://www.morganhill.ca.gov/1248/Downtown-Parks-and-Trails
The Grand Opening Celebration for the Parks is scheduled at 10am on Saturday, December 2.
- Event Flyer (PDF)
Three park areas are planned for Morgan Hill's downtown. After significant community outreach over the last two years the park designs were finalized and the parks are in the construction phase. Designs were developed by Verde Design, Inc. based on initial n concepts developed by Joni Janecki and Associates. The City has awarded construction of the project to Suarez Munuz Construction and anticipates the parks being completed and opened before the end of 2017. The Park Plans are available at the links below:
Nob Hill Trail Park
The Nob Hill Trail Park 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.
Railroad 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.
Third Street Creek Park
The Third Street 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 Nob Hill Trail Park 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 formerly 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.