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 Penitencia Creek Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail Dedication, Oct. 25, 2008

On October 25, 2008, a dedication ceremony was held on the newest segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail on the Penitencia Creek Trail. It was held at Penitencia Creek Park in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose. Penitencia Creek originates in the east foothills above San Jose, runs through San Jose's Alum Rock Park, flows past percolation ponds, homes, parks, schools, the San Jose Flea Market, and eventually joins Coyote Creek. The Penitencia Creek Trail starts at Noble Avenue and ends at Mabury Road.  While parts of the trail have existed for years, there have been significant gaps in the trail.  Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the cooperation of many agencies, the trail has been completed and improved. The 3-mile long trail runs on land under the jurisdiction of the Santa Clara Vallley Water District, San Jose City Parks, Santa Clara County Parks, and Caltrans. Future trail plans call for connecting it to the Coyote Creek Trail to the west and Alum Rock Park to the east. Alum Rock Park and the adjacent Boccardo Trail are already segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, as is the southern part of the Coyote Creek Trail. The lower sections of the Coyote Creek Trail are parts of the San Francisco Bay Trail, so the Penitencia Creek Trail will eventually connect both trail chains.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail, when complete, will be a continuous 550+ mile trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay. So far, 315 miles have been dedicated. The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council is responsible for planning and promoting the trail.

People coming through Penitencia Creek Park to the dedication ceremonies.

Mike Flaugher, Santa Clara County representative to the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and prime organizer for the community effort to develop and restore the Penitencia Creek Trail.

Elaine Drake at the Geocachers of the Bay Area booth

Booths and tables line the Penitencia Creek Trail

Santa Clara Valley Water District information table

Bay Area Ridge Trail Booth

Mike Flaugher with Jim O'Connor, Deputy Director, Santa Clara County Parks

Youth Science Institute table

San Jose Department of Transportation bike helmet giveaway booth

Trail Watch volunteer Janice Frazier, Santa Clara County Parks staff member Beeny Sander, and County Parks Volunteer Coordinator Heidi McFarland

City of San Jose parks and trails program, showing a map of the Penitencia Creek Trail

Santa Clara County Parks information table

Newt at the YSI table

Garnetta Annable (center), Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Jane Mark (right), Santa Clara County Parks planner

Kitty Monahan, New Almaden Quicksilver County Parks Association president

Don Rocha (left), Santa Clara County Parks Natural Resources Program Supervisor

Display on the Penitencia Creek Trail volunteer accomplishments

Joel Gartland (left of center), volunteer coordinator for the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Sam Drake talking to visitors about geocaching

Diane Main and Elaine Drake at the Geocachers of the Bay Area booth

Mike Flaugher, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

San Jose mayor Chuck Reed

California Assembly member Sally Lieber, 22nd  District

Santa Clara County 3rd District Supervisor Peter McHugh

San Jose City 4th District Council Member Kansen Chu

Chuck Reed, Kansen Chu, Mike Flaugher, San Jose Vice Mayor David Cortese

Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Richard Santos, 3rd District

Garnetta Annable, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority District 4 Director

Amy Hutzel, San Francisco Bay Area Program Manager, California State Coastal Conservancy

Albert Balago, Director, San Jose Recreation and Neighborhood Services Dept.

Jim O'Connor, Deputy Director of Operations, Santa Clara County Parks

Albert Beltran, representative for Congressman Mike Honda

Mike Flaugher holding a resolution recognizing the Penitencia Creek Trail

Cesar Anda, representative for Assembly Member Joe Coto

Janet McBride, Executive Director, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

Jean Rusmore, author of the Official Guide to the Bay Area Ridge Trail


Mayor Reed greeting a visitor

Valley Transportation Authority and Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley tables

Janice Frazier, Santa Clara County Parks Trail Watch, on her horse, Easy

Jim O'Connor and Santa Clara County Parks maintenance supervisor John Patterson (right)

Santa Clara County Parks table

Rescued bird at the Wildlife Center table.

Engine Company #19, San Jose Fire Department

Pictures taken 10/25/08 by Ron Horii, Santa Clara County Parks volunteer photographer and docent and Secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park. Webpage created 10/30/08, updated 11/19/09.