The Greater and Greener Conference, a leading international symposium for urban parks, takes place in San Francisco next month.
City and county governments must operate with less money, while citizens still expect the same level of services. Two recent partnerships show great work can still be done in this new paradigm.
I have been to Chicago many times, but while visiting in August I was given a special tour of several parks, courtesy of Gia Biagi, chief of staff for the Chicago Park District. San Jose would do well to model its park system after the Windy City.
Once a park or trail is abandoned by families and children, it begins to become marginalized and eventually can become dangerous.
A coordinated effort to address some of St. James Park’s problems took place this summer. The process was a little convoluted and had some fits and starts, but the early results have been encouraging.
There are currently at least three efforts to change the landscape and ambiance of St. James Park.
I am going to deviate from my usual writing to pay tribute to two people whose lives had a positive impact on our community: Janet Gray Hayes and Carl Cookson. Their accomplishments are many and great.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to volunteer leaders and a few hundred citizens who have been cleaning our creeks, clearing our trails and preserving our parks while the City Council debates how to allocate its limited resources.
On Monday, San Jose Parks Advocates presented a sold out mayoral forum focused on parks, trails and open space—the first-ever forum of its kind. Getting there was a collaborative process.
San Jose Parks Foundations and similar organizations across the country all have public events to celebrate the wonder and beauty of our public parks. It occurred to us that we need something, too, so ordinary citizens can gather together.