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San Jose’s Alum Rock Park is reopening many areas ahead of Easter weekend

Storm-hit Alum Rock is reopening many areas ahead of the Easter weekend


Storm-hit Alum Rock is reopening many areas ahead of the Easter weekend

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SAN JOSE – Rangers have been working to fully reopen Alum Rock Park, San Jose’s oldest and most beloved park, in the weeks leading up to the Easter holiday weekend. John Molina walks in the park three times a week as he recovers from a nagging knee injury.

“”I went to Eagle Rock. I haven’t been on any of the high paths… I’m in pain. When I’m on an incline my knee starts killing me, so that’s why I walk on the sidewalk instead of on a trail,” Molina said. He said he usually parks in a small lot on the outside edge of the street. park and then walk inside.

That’s the only way the public has had access to the park since winter storms in early 2023 toppled trees, caused landslides and undermined the only road into the park.

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Walking in, Molina says, was a stopgap solution for members of the public who didn’t want to lose access to the park during repairs. He says this has made the park largely inaccessible to people with young children or mobility issues.

“We came with my son and his wife and our grandbaby and we had problems. She got tired. We had to put the grandbaby on our shoulders,” he said.

The city has reopened the road to the park to cars, but the road has been narrowed to one lane. Large orange barriers on the roadside are a reminder of erosion problems that still need to be addressed.

“We had major storms in 2023 that caused a landslide and wiped out part of the road,” said senior park ranger Lainna Romero.

The city estimates that permanently repairing the road will involve building a massive retaining wall to prevent further erosion. The price tag for this is estimated at $19 million.

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“We know how much this park means to our community and we love seeing visitors here using the park. We are approaching one of the busiest holidays of the year and our summer season,” said park ranger Tina Lewis.

A city spokesperson says there is no schedule for when the repairs will be made.

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