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Newsletter - Special Edition 17

July 11, 2006

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July 20th Meeting May Seal the Fate of Alum Rock Park Entrances

The San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department wants to abandon plans which might stabilize the toe of the landslide that closed the Alum Rock Avenue entrance to Alum Rock Park and Crothers Road. This is our (last?) chance to make our feelings known. Are we content with the Park’s main entrance location effectively making Alum Rock Park a Berryessa Park?

Community Meeting to Discuss Plans for the Entrances to Alum Rock Park

What: A community meeting to discuss the plans for the entrances to Alum Rock Park.  San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department will hold a community meeting to discuss their new recommendation not to proceed with their plans to relocate Penitencia Creek temporarily, or build a high-water bypass channel, as it is extremely unlikely the City would receive the necessary permits from regulatory agencies (e.g., the National Marine Fisheries Service).

The Alum Rock Avenue entrance to the Park was closed in September, 2000, due to the deterioration of the roadway following the 1998 landslide.  The planned work could have stabilized the toe of the landslide near Penitencia Creek and eventually led to the reopening of the Alum Rock Avenue entrance to vehicular traffic.

Click here for the "Dear Resident" letter announcing this meeting.

When: Thursday, July 20, 5:30 PM

Where: Dr. Roberto Cruz/Alum Rock Library, 3090 Alum Rock Avenue (at the corner of Alum Rock Avenue and White Road)

More Information: Contact Matt Cano, Park Operation and Development Division Manager at (408) 535-3580 or e-mail

Submitted by: San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department

Also, coming up soon:

Meet the Public Artist, Roberto Delgado, for the New Fire Station #2

What: Fire Station No. 2 on Alum Rock Avenue will soon be rebuilt at its current location to better serve your community. The new facility will include public art as an integral component of the visitor's experience.

Community input is an important part of the public art process. Please join us for a fun evening to learn more about the new station and the artist selected for the project, and most importantly - to share ideas about your community.

Please bring stories, books, photos, or any images of your history - or general history - of the community.

When: Monday, July 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue

More Information: Click here for the flyer. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Please share this invitation with your friends and neighbors in this area. For more information please contact Lynn Rogers, (408) 277-5144 ext. 15 or

Submitted by: San Jose Public Art Program

Other July events on our Community Bulletin Board include:


Flowers of Santa Cruz's North Coast, A Slide Show and Talk - Friday, July 14, 7:30 PM


Birds and Native Plant Habitat, a Talk by Josiah Clark - Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 PM

Click here to read the current edition of NNV online. Watch for the next edition in early August.



Judy Thompson
New Neighborhood Voice
(408) 272-7008 

Copyright© 2006 by Judy Thompson.  All rights reserved. Updated 7/11/06.

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