Open Space Authority Hosts Public Planning Workshop for Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

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The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is pleased to announce a public workshop to plan the brand new Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The workshop will take place on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Ann Sobrato High School – Library, 401 Burnett Ave., Morgan Hill CA 95037.

The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is pleased to announce a public planning workshop for the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The workshop will take place on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Ann Sobrato High School – Library, 401 Burnett Ave., Morgan Hill CA 95037. The public is encouraged to arrive at 6:00pm for refreshments. The public may register in advance.

This interactive public workshop provides the public an opportunity to contribute ideas for a preserve in the making. Topics of discussion will include trails, picnic areas, a shade structure, staging area, environmental education and interpretive elements for this new, 348-acre preserve.

In 2010, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority acquired 348 acres of open space on the western edge of Coyote Valley within the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County, establishing the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The preserve is located in a highly accessible area roughly in the center of the valley between San Jose and Morgan Hill. With spectacular views overlooking the Coyote Valley, the preserve retains a rural character with large acreages of private agricultural and range lands surrounding it.

The Authority aims to establish the preserve as a unique amenity that will maintain on-going conservation grazing operations while providing new opportunities for public recreation, resource protection, environmental interpretation, and where appropriate, agriculture. A rustic theme for the preserve is envisioned that will include phased implementation of multi-use trails with interpretive signage featuring the resources of the property, a combined vehicle/equestrian staging area, a vault restroom, picnic tables and a shade structure that can also be used for environmental education purposes.

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