On November 29, the Santa Clara Valley Water District met for a second round of design workshops for flood detention area at Cuesta Park Annex. The detailed designs will be presented to the Mountain View City Park Commission, City Council and Los Altos School District Board for consideration.
Based on the feedback received from the September workshops, engineers detailed plans for floodwalls and channel widening, proposals for native planting, and ideas for design imagery. Considerations focused on keeping trails as natural as possible, designing wheelchair access, designing a perimeter trail, and preserving native vegetation, wildlife and views.
Residents near Cuesta Park Annex raised concerns over planting live oak orchard, removal of dirt, and general opposition to the project. Many comments were aimed at the probability of floods to the Permanente Creek. The details of the design did not mention glass and trash collection, handling mosquitoes, and duration of the contracts.
The engineers explained that Rancho San Antonio County Park is the first in chain of flooding, Blach School is second and Cuesta Park Annex is the third, followed by McKelvey Park . They assured that the natural elements will be preserved by, for example, using as little cement as possible, not using herbicides or pesticides, and by planting newer trees for their natural look.
Questions were raised for the city officials regarding four hundred voters that petitioned against the project. Discussions followed on the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Special Parcel Tax that was approved by voters of Santa Clara in November 2000. In order to provide flood protection for homes, schools, businesses, and transportation, the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project was funded as a 15-year plan to protect 1664 properties from major floods. However, specifics about Cuesta Park Annex were not mentioned, and these residents felt that further development here will not be needed.
1) For Master Plan, visit
2) Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Special Parcel Tax (approved by voters of Santa Clara in November 2000):
3) For design information, contact Afshin Rouhani at 408.265.2607 ext. 2616 or visit www.valleywater.org