Downtown Parks and Trails
On February 22, 2017 the Morgan Hill City Council approved construction of three new Downtown Park spaces. Construction will begin in late April and the new parks are anticipated to provide great benefit to residents living and visiting the downtown area.Recent Project Updates:
Downtown Parks Project: The Downtown Parks Project began on April 17, 2017. There are three parks being constructed. Railroad Park is located on Depot Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. Third Street Creek Park is located on West Third Street. Nob Hill Trail Park is located from West Third Street to Dunne Avenue. Please note: The Depot Street Parking Lot and the Third Street Creek Park Parking Lot will be closed during construction.
Railroad Park – Complete the installation of play equipment on site. Continue playground rubber surface installation. Continue the construction of flatwork, fencing, tree planting, and irrigation.
Third Street Creek Park –Continue roadway reconstruction of Del Monte Avenue to Nob Hill Terrace. Continue to form curb and gutter for project site. Roadway closed to through traffic during working hours starting 10/3. Roadway set for paving on 10/25 and 10/26.
Nob Hill Trail Park – Continue Decomposed Granite and Resin Paving at Trail. Complete Slide and Continue with fencing/railing.
The three parks are scheduled to be completed by November 2017. For more information please check the following link: http://www.morganhill.ca.gov/1248/Downtown-Parks-and-Trails
Call for Artists Application and Guidelines (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.