A coordinated trail planning effort between the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale started in 2009 with the appointment of a Stevens Creek Trail coordination committee, the Joint Cities Working Team (JCWT), consisting of one elected official and one staff member from each agency. In the fall of 2012, the Citizens Working Group (CWG) was also created to assist with public outreach and act in an advisory role to the JCWT. Over the years, the JCWT group developed the scope of the feasibility study, prepared the funding plan, and selected a consultant to prepare a feasibility study to evaluate potential routes to bridge the gap in trail segments that exist in Mountain View and Cupertino. The Joint Cities Coordinated Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study was completed September 2015.
The Joint Cities Coordinated Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study was completed September 2015. Upon completion of the study, the JCWT made recommendations on trail alignment preferences. The JCWT also made policy recommendations, such as protecting and improving wildlife habitat, preserving public land, and continuing the collaboration with regional partners for extension of the Stevens Creek Trail. These recommendations were presented to the four City Councils in 2015 and 2016. Overall, the cities supported the JCWT recommendations. However, each Council had city-specific direction for other improvement or policies.
On September 29, 2016, the JCWT, held a final team meeting and formally disbanded the group. Moving forward, each of the Cities will proceed with trail improvements as recommended by the JCWT and directed by their City Councils.
The purpose of this feasibility study was to evaluate potential routes to bridge the gap in trail segments that currently exist. The scope of the feasibility study also included an evaluation of routes to connect Stevens Creek Trail to Rancho San Antonio County Park. The study area is bounded by Heatherstone Way in the north, Mary Avenue to the east, Grant Road to the west, and Stevens Creek Boulevard to the south.
The vision for a Stevens Creek Trail was first identified by the Santa Clara County Planning Department in 1961. The County’s plan for a “Stevens Creek Park Chain” created a framework for preserving land along Stevens Creek for an interconnected system of parks and trails. Today, the Stevens Creek Trail extends approximately five miles from San Francisco Bay to the Dale and Heatherstone bike pedestrian overcrossing of State Route 85 in Mountain View. An additional one mile trail segment is in place from Stevens Creek Boulevard to McClellan Road through Blackberry Farm Park and McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. The purpose of this feasibility study was to evaluate potential routes to bridge the gap in trail segments that currently exist.