This year the Ridge Trail has a special opportunity to bring people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to their surrounding trails and parks. The next planned BART station, located in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose, will open in 2018 and will intersect directly with the Ridge Trail. With an estimated daily ridership of 12,000 and nearly 30,000 local residents within a ½ mile radius, this project has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands over the years. The Council has received funding from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Rails to Trails, and Ridge Trail donors for this project, in the amount of $68,000. We are currently fundraising for the required matching funds of $17,000. Please contact Eileen Morris firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping complete this project and increasing access to nature for Bay Area residents.
The project includes the following elements, which will be developed in coordination with the VTA and the City of San Jose:
- Directional and wayfinding signs in and around the Berryessa BART station, leading people to local parks and beyond to the ridge via the Ridge Trail.
- Interpretive panels that include an overview map, highlighting the benefits of trails and active transportation.
- Brochures and maps.
- Hosted trail outings to introduce audiences to the Ridge Trail and all that it connects, including outings in Spanish.*
* According to the Santa Clara Valley OSA’s “Understanding Our Community” report, the percentage of Spanish speakers in this area may be as high as 71%.