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Magazine Feature
March 2017

The St. James Park Design Competition was featured in World Landscape Architecture Magazine.

City Council

Tuesday, 3/7/17
The St. James Park Design Competition item was before City Council, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Item 5.1. City Council accepted the recommendation to negotiate and execute a contract with CMG Landscape Architecture. 

Jury Day Results

The St. James Park Jury Day event was held on October 15th. During this well-attended event the Jury saw presentations from each of the four finalist Design Teams and had the opportunity to ask questions. After the presentations, the Jury faced the difficult challenge of ranking the four teams. The Jury deliberated throughout the afternoon, reviewed the public input received to-date and narrowed the selection down to two Design Teams: CMG Landscape Architecture and !melk Fr-ee. The Jury reconvened on November 3, 2016 to discuss further and come up with their final ranking and recommendations.

View the Design Entries!

The finalists’ designs can be viewed online. 


Jury Day - 10/15/16 

We are excited to announce the showcase for the four plans created as a result of the St. James Park Design Competition! The public is welcome to view and comment on the designs between Thursday October 6 - Thursday, October 13 and attend a showcase on Saturday, October 15 where they can listen to the four design teams make their final presentation to the jury.

The finalists’ designs can be viewed between October 6th and 13th on the Document Library:  or at SPUR’s San José Office located at 76 S. First Street, San José, CA 95113. SPUR’s typical visitor hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can provide feedback using comment cards provided either online or in person at SPUR’s offices until 5:00 p.m. on October 13th. The comments will be provided to the Jury following the October 15th presentations on Jury Day.

An invitation for this event is available in the Documents Library. All information related to the event is posted on the Schedule web page

"Designing St. James Park" SPUR San Jose event
Thursday, 10/6/16
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Come hear about the process for the St. James Park Design Competition and get a sneak preview of the four final design submissions  in a new exhibition hosted at SPUR San Jose.

SPUR San Jose
76 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Email address:
Phone: 408.638.0083

Free for SPUR members.
$10 for non-members.
Pre-registration is not necessary for this event.

Preparation of Plans

Each of the four finalist design teams will prepare their unique vision for St. James Park and will submit their designs by early October. All four entries will be on public display and available for public comment between October 6 - October 13. 


Park Tour & Community Forum - 8/26/16

PRNS hosted a park tour and community forum for the design competition for St. James Park on Friday, August 26th. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for four finalist design teams to experience the park, understand its history, and learn from the community about topics that matter to them.

The event was well attended (approximately 100 people). The Mayor's office and Councilmember Peralez spoke and attended the event. The public shared a multitude of ideas for the park which ranged from transforming the park into a creative and innovative play space for all ages to providing areas for quiet meditation and non-circular walking paths. There was support for providing the Levitt music pavilion, a café, improving the existing fountain (or providing another water feature), and providing a safe and inclusive area for children of all abilities to play. The community asked the finalists to respect the historic district and consider the surrounding community's need for a neighborhood park.

The comments received during the meeting are posted on the Documents web page along with the agenda, tour map, mailer, and flyer for this event.

St. James Park Imagineer Finalists Chosen

Read the news release.

The City received 14 responsive proposals to the RFP. Four proposals were selected as finalists to participate in Phase II. The City is very pleased to receive such a robust response. The proposals represent a great breadth of work and experience. The following is a list of all responsive proposers, organized alphabetically, and firms selected as finalists are indented and shown in bold blue text. 
• BFS Landscape Architects
•     CMG Landscape Architecture
• Groundswell
• GLS/Petersen Studio
• James Corner Field Operations
•     !melk-free
•     Meyer & Silberberg
• MPA Design
• rhaa Landscape Architecture + Planning
• Surfacedesign, Inc.
• Walker/Macy
•     Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT)
• Why + Verde Design