The City has joined forces with the Nature Conservancy and Santa Clara County to purchase the Nolan Ranch and create a conservation easement. The funding agreement would allow the City to be a third-party beneficiary, meaning it’ll function as a public park “for low impact public recreation." The previously privately owned site will be added to the existing Santa Clara County Joseph D. Grant Park, expanding the size of the protected land and linking it up to other Bay Area trails. So why the interest in a site in Santa Clara County? The site, also known as Sulphur Creek Ranch, encompasses a tributary to Alameda Creek which provides 10% of the drinking water to the Bay Area. The SFPUC wants to protect the regional water system from any future potential threats.
· Nolan Ranch Acquisition [Coastal Conservancy]
· Funding Agreement to Fund Acquisition of Nolan Ranch Conservation Easement [SF Gov]