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The Albertson Parkway

View of the Albertson Parkway from the Norred Trail in Santa Teresa County Park. The Curie Drive entrance is at the bottom. The power towers lead to the Hitachi Global Storage Technologies plantsite.

The Albertson Parkway is a City of San Jose Trail. It was named in honor of Gary Albertson, a local activist who led an organization that lobbied to reduce the accidents on Monterey Highway between San Jose and Morgan Hill. This dangerous stretch of highway was nicknamed "Blood Alley." Ironically, Gary Albertson and his family were killed in a collision on Blood Alley. This spurred the construction of the Hwy 101 bypass, which greatly reduced fatal accidents. The Albertson Parkway runs under a powerline easement for about 1/2 mile.  The trail did exist for many years, but it was a straight, unlandscaped, and unsightly path. It was frequently full of trash and graffiti. The city re-designed the parkway to become a more naturally winding landscaped trail with interpretive signs. It was opened in July 2009. The pictures below are from a walk along the trail on 7/17/09 from its southern entrance on Curie Drive to its north end on Dondero, and back south again. They are combined to show the route from south to north.

South entrance to the Albertson Parkway on Curie Drive. Note the power tower, which is also a cellphone tower. There are 2 power towers in the parkway. They are the reason this land was left undeveloped and a parkway could be built.

Interpretive sign on Rancho Santa Teresa and Santa Teresa County Park, whose hills and trails are in the background.

Closeup of the sign on Rancho Santa Teresa, the historic 10,000 acre rancho owned by the Bernal Family. The south end of the Albertson Parkway is only one block north of Manila Drive, the boundary of the historic Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch at Santa Teresa Park. It is also a half block west of the Bear Tree Lot, part of the Santa Teresa Historic Area, which will be developed into an interpretive site.

Bike riders coming in the south entrance. The tall grass is muhlenbergia rigens, called deer grass.

People looking at the Santa Teresa sign. The trail in the hillside is the Norred Trail, which runs from the Joice Trail above the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch to the Mine Trail above the Buck Norred Ranch site.

The small trees with the pink flowers are crape myrtle. Other trees planted along the parkway include redbuds and English hawthorn.

Looking towards the south entrance from near Jaggers Drive.

These are blue-eyed grass planted along the trail area near Jaggers Drive.

The fence along Jaggers Drive, looking south. The flowers are red carpet rose.

The section from Jaggers Drive to San Anselmo Way, with Conejo Drive on the left. Ahead is the interpretive sign on Gary albertson.

A closeup of the sign honoring Gary Albertson.

Looking back towards Jaggers Drive.

Trees and fence along Conejo Drive. The trees planted along the trail are paperback maples.

This short section between San Anselmo Way and Solano Drive contains the second power tower on the parkway.

Looking south to San Anselmo Way.

The start of the section north of Solano Drive.

Closeup of the sign on the bioretention system used in the parkway to capture runoff water and retain it in planted areas, instead of letting it run down the drains.

Looking south from the biorention sign. Moraga Way is on the right.

Fence along Moraga Way. The entry path leads right to the sidewalk on Esteban Way.

Looking south at the planted areas along the trail that are part of the bioretention system.

Looking north towards the north trail entrance on Dondero Way and Cresta Vista Way. Ahead to the left is Santa Teresa School. The powerline easement runs through a long church parking lot. The powerlines continue north, crossing Santa Teresa Blvd. and running through George Page Park. They cross Hwy 85 and run through the Raleigh Linear Park, ending at the Hitachi Global Technologies' plant's power substation.

Looking south at the fence along Dondero Way.

At the end of Manila Way at Manila Drive, under an ancient oak tree, is a sign pointing to Santa Teresa Park's entrances farther down the street.

Long view from the Norred Trail in Santa Teresa Park of the Albertson Parkway and the powerlines leading to the Hitachi plantsite. Below is Manila Drive and the Coyote-Alamitos Canal. Kaiser San Jose Hospital is on the upper left.

Telephoto view from Santa Teresa Park's Norred Trail. The Curie entrance is at the bottom.

Albertson Parkway 4/11/07

The pictures below show what the Albertson Parkway looked like before the reconstruction. These were taken on 4/11/07. The trail was a straight asphalt path or just a sidewalk, with no landscaping. There were a few scattered trees, lots of weeds, or bare dirt. It was frequently full of trash.

Curie entrance, looking north.

The Jaggers entrance, looking south towards Curie

The Jaggers-Conejo section, looking towards San Anselmo.

Looking south the towards Solano Drive

Moraga Way and Esteban Way.

The last section leading to Dondero.

View of the Albertson Parkway from the Norred Trail, 5/4/07. Compare this to the picture at the top of the page.

Page created by Ron Horii, 8/4/09