Opening of Guadalupe River Park Celebrated at Large Community Event on Saturday, Sept. 10

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire/ — A milestone in Santa Clara Valley history — the long-awaited opening of Guadalupe River Park — will be celebrated by the entire community on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005.

The event will introduce the public park in downtown San Jose that stretches 2.6 miles along the curved banks of the Guadalupe River, from Highway 280 to Highway 880. The $340 million project is unique in its combination of flood protection, recreation open space, and preservation of a sensitive environmental area that is home to fish, birds and other wildlife.

“A Park For Many Reasons, A Park For All Seasons” is the theme of the grand opening celebration which will feature free activities and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple areas throughout the park and adjacent Guadalupe Gardens. Activities will include:

— 30+ booths of hands-on activities for children and families related to
the environment, the history of the Guadalupe River, and community
health and fitness
— Music performances in Discovery Meadow, Arena Green/Confluence Park,
McEnery Park and Columbus Park
— Gardening demonstrations and exhibits
— Habitat Hunt contest for prizes
— A celebrity softball game
— Docents along the entire stretch of the trails to point out park
features
— Free carousel rides
— Open house at the new Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor Center
— Free admission all day to the Children’s Discovery Museum
— A plaza dance from 4-6 p.m.

Celebration participants will receive free commemorative backpacks, a 2006 calendar showcasing the natural beauty of Guadalupe River Park, and other special souvenirs. Free shuttles will help to move visitors from parking lots and garages to activity areas in the park.

The event is being organized by Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens and more information is available on the website www.grpg.org. Major sponsors of the celebration include the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the City of San Jose/Redevelopment Agency, the County of Santa Clara, Knight Ridder, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, Adobe Systems, PG&E, and Applied Materials.

Guadalupe River Park was created in conjunction with an innovative flood protection project constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that uses underground tunnels to carry floodwaters away from homes and businesses. The river had periodically overflowed, most recently in 1995 when downtown streets were flooded with 15 feet of water.

Community leaders worked with the Corps and the Santa Clara Valley Water District for more than 20 years to design a project that combined the flood control work with environmental protection and a design that creates a beautiful “ribbon of blue and a ribbon of green” open space in the heart of downtown San Jose. In 2006, additional trails will be completed along the lower Guadalupe River from the park to Alviso. Future plans include an Upper Guadalupe River project that will continue the trails south to Almaden Valley and completion of the Los Gatos Creek Trail which merges with the Guadalupe River at Confluence Point near Santa Clara Street.

For more information, visit www.grpg.org or call Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens at 408-277-5998.

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