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Three Creeks (was Willow Glen Spur)
The Three Creeks Trail (western alignment) is located within the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.  Future acquisitions will support the development of this trail into eastern San Jose. 

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The City of San José plans to develop the Three Creeks Trail (western alignment), a landscaped and paved Class I trail system that will connect to the Los Gatos Creek Trail, Guadalupe River Trail, Highway 87 Bikeway and Coyote Creek Trail.  The western alignment runs from Lonus Street (north) to the Guadalupe River (south), and is currently open in an interim state. 

Partial funding for property acquisition was provided through grants from the State of California (Roberti Z’Berg Harris Grant), the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, the County of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.  More information on these funders and their grant programs can be found by scrolling to the “Funding Support” section of this page.

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Click below for trail maps:

The trail is not part of a regional, state or nationally-designated trail system.  

PLANNING DOCUMENTS (Western Alignment)

Pedestrian Bridge Concept Plan & Engineering Study
Conceptual Plan
Bridge linking trail to Los Gatos Creek Trail:  Plan Sheet 34 and 5
(Plan sheets subject to change as master plan is completed) 

Engineering Study
Click here to access the study of the existing trestle over Los Gatos Creek (7MB) 


Environmental Docs

Trestle Structure/Pedestrian Bridge
Initial Study--Los Gatos Creek Trail Reach 4 (includes trestle and Coe Avenue gateway) (29MB)
Mitigated Negative Declaration--Los Gatos Creek Trail Reach 4 (includes trestle) 
Informational memo (May 20, 2013)
Informational memo Regarding EIR (September 16, 2014)
Photo-documentation Report (October 2015)

Three Creeks Trail Master Plan (western alignment)
Initial Study --Three Creeks Trail Master Plan (public comment period closed April 08, 2014) 
The above link points you to the Planning Department's webpage.  Scroll to find File No. PP14-012: Three Creeks Trail Master Plan--Western Alignment.


Master Plan (western alignment)
Approved by City Council on November 4, 2014

Award-Winning Master Plan - 30th Annual California Trails and Greenways Conference

The Three Creeks Trail Draft Master Plan has been broken into five (5) parts for easier download.  Follow the links below to download the various parts of the document:

Part 1: Click here to download
    -Table of Contents, List of Figures and List of Abbreviations
    -Section 1: Executive Summary
    -Section 2: Site Setting
    -Section 3: Goals and Objectives

Part 2: Click here to download
    -Section 4: Planning Process
    -Section 5: Interagency Coordination

Part 3a & 3b
    -Click here to download Section 6a: Trail Alignment (1st half of chapter)
    -Click here to download Section 6b: Trail Alignment (2nd half of chapter)

Part 4: Click here to download
    -Section 7: Development Guidelines
    -Section 8: Implementation
Part 5: Click here to download
    -Bibliography & Acknowledgements
    -Appendix A


Master Plan Workshops
The following is content presented at past  Workshop meetings at Willow Glen Community Center (2175 Lincoln Avenue) that supported development of the Master Plan for the Three Creeks Trail western alignment.

Workshop #1
Tuesday, March 19, 2013: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Willow Glen Community Center

Workshop #2
Wednesday, May 29, 2013: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Willow Glen Community Center

Workshop #3
Wednesday, July 24, 2013: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Willow Glen Community Center



Pedestrian Bridge Concept Review Meetings
Design options for the pedestrian bridge structure were presented at three meetings.  Each meeting provided provide the same content, allowing community members to attend at the time that best suited their schedules.  Meetings took place as follows: 

July 9, 2013 (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm
Save Our Trails Board Meeting
Dwell Christian Church
1292 Minnesota Avenue

July 17, 2013 (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm
Willow Glen Neighborhood Association
Willow Glen Community Center
2175 Lincoln Avenue
Presentation (same as for July 9 meeting)
July 24 (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm

September 9, 2013 (Monday) at 5:30 pm  
Pedestrian Bridge Design Refinement Meeting
Willow Glen Community Center
2175 Lincoln Avenue  
Presentation (10MB file). 

The bridge concept was also presented at Workshop #3 for Three Creeks Trail Master Plan, held on July 24, 2013 (Wednesday) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Willow Glen Community Center.  For this presentation, please follow the link in the Workshop #3 section, above.

PLANNING DOCUMENTS (Eastern Alignment)
SKY Lane - Trail Vision Study   Award-Winning Project, 2017 International Trails Symposium
Rendering 1 (Spanning over Highway 87, and under future High-Speed Rail)
Rendering 2 (Spanning over roof tops, seen from Senter Road, at Muni Stadium)
Rendering 3 (Spanning over roof tops, seen from Senter Road, alternative view)
Focus Group Report (June 2009 Investigation into eastern alignment development)


This project is made possible with funding from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (OSA). The OSA is an independent special district that protects and preserves the county's water resources, wildlife and working lands, including farms and ranches. Protecting water quality, iconic landscapes, family farms and outdoor recreation provides a good quality of life; supports the local economy by attracting a highly qualified workforce; and makes the Valley a vibrant, healthy place to live and work. The OSA champions San Jose trail development as a means to preserve open space in our urban areas and provide public access to parks and other open spaces in the surrounding area. OSA funding of over $3,200,000 supported the acquisition phase of this project.

The County of Santa Clara has provided significant funding through its Park Charter Fund to support for acquisition of the project lands.  $2,000,000 in County funds supported purchase of the western alignment.  The County has also provided $1,000,000 to supplement City and other funds for acquiring the eastern alignment.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has provided $450,000 for development of the interim trail improvements along the western alignment.  Access gates and signage clearly define the trail entries.  This funding source also supports development of a pedestrian bridge to span Los Gatos Creek and link to that existing trail system.