Coyote Meadows visitors will enjoy views of Downtown and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Who We Are and What We are Proposing
The Coyote Meadows Coalition joins groups and individuals focused on opening up and activating for parkland a 50-acre city-owned parcel along Coyote Creek between Story Road and Hwy 280. The Coyote Creek Trail runs along the western edge of the area while the future Five Wounds Trail will run along its eastern edge.
The land is already designated as parkland. Our goal is to open up the area to passive recreational uses as well as to improve the water quality of Coyote Creek by reducing homeless encampments in the area. Opening up Coyote Meadows for park uses would provide access from the Spartan-Keyes Neighborhood and from Kelley Park and Happy Hollow, as well as from Little Saigon along Story Road to the east and from the Olinder Neighborhood and other nearby neighborhoods to the north.
A historic train trestle is the gateway to Coyote Meadows from the south. The park will be a critical segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and will be the hub for the Coyote Creek Trail and the future Five Wounds and Three Creeks Trails. It will provide exercise and green commuting opportunities with connections to public transportation like BART and BRT. Coyote Meadows will offer elevated panoramic views of Downtown and Santa Clara Valley. It will include shady lowland trails along a riparian habitat and a unique expanse beneath a freeway for pop-up cultural events. The multi-level landscape of the park will offer recreational and fitness opportunities like BMX biking and stair-climbing not available elsewhere in the area.
Visitors to Coyote Meadows will learn about the natural diversity of the flora and fauna of our valley through partnerships with outdoor education foundations and signed nature trails and murals. Displays will bring to life San José’s radio broadcasting, railroad, and brick making histories and will connect to the nearby, nationally-registered Ashworth-Remillard House. Linking Coyote Meadows to Kelley and Selma Olinder Parks is a major step to creating one continuous grand park for our city.
Coyote Creek Trail Construction News (Winter 2020)
Phase 1: Story to Phelan
- December 2020: Construction starts
- August 2021: Trail Safety Plan pilot starts
- August 2021: Trail opens
- Project Manager: Yoshifumi “Yoshi” Yano | Yoshifumi.Yano@sanjoseca.gov | 408.535.8362
Phase 2: William to Story
- April 2021: Construction starts
- October 2021: Trail opens
- Project Manager: Mark Saturnio | email@example.com
Phase 3: Phelan to Tully
- Design: Underway
- Construction: Date TBD
Conservation more than the sum of its parts for Deb Kramer
Not many people knew about the Coyote Creek watershed before Deb Kramer began leading a local effort to protect it. Now, Coyote Creek and the nonprofit dedicated to its preservation are setting the standard for environmental advocacy in the South Bay Area.
Coyote Creek Trail – Project Update & Trail Safety Plan
In July and November 2020, community meetings were held by the City of San José Parks and Recreation Department and Councilmember Maya Esparza to discuss the Coyote Creek Trail project and design considerations for trail safety. Visit the City of San José Coyote Creek Trail page here to view the July and November updates.
Coyote Meadows Redevelopment Concept Plan Released!
In the spring of 2016, we began to plan and advocate for the activation of Coyote Meadows. With funding from the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority in December 2016, we launched a community planning process in the Fall of 2016 to gather community goals and open space concepts to inform future use decisions by the City of San José. The concept plan summarizes the outcome of this process, including site analysis, the community outreach process, community vision and goals, identification of site challenges and constraints through engagement of a Technical Advisory Committee, related planning initiatives, stewardship options and implementation considerations. View the Coyote Meadows Redevelopment Concept Plan.
This project was funded in part by the Measure Q Urban Open Space Grant Program of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.