Long-Awaited Tamien Park Opens Friday

Opening and Dedication Ceremonies Celebrates Phase 1 of San Jose’s newest Park

The long-awaited opening of Tamien Park will take place on Friday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. with the City of San José’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), along with District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez, hosting a dedication of Phase I of Tamien Park, the City’s newest park at 1145 Lick Avenue. The name “Tamien” recognizes the neighborhood and the indigenous people who occupied the valley.

Community members are invited to join the celebration that was originally envisioned by the public in the 1995 Tamien Station Specific Plan. The new park’s first phase contains a full-sized basketball court, a multi-use hard-scape court, picnic tables, park benches, restroom, and on-site parking. The 1.6 acres first phase cost $3.9 million, with a $2.9 million grant from the HousingRelated Parks Program in State Proposition One, administered by the California State Housing and Community Development Department.

“It has taken over two decades of efforts by local residents, the City and various agencies to bring this park to the Tamien neighborhood,” said Angel Rios, Jr., Director of San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. “They have been waiting a long time and building the park gives the neighborhood an area they can have fun with their families and friends.”

In 2011, the City purchased 3.5 acres from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) near the Tamien Transit Station to develop the park. On June 16, 2015, the City Council approved the Tamien Park Master Plan, which provides guidance in developing and constructing the park.

The Second Phase will consist of open turf that can accommodate a youth soccer field, a jogging path, an outdoor stage, exercise area, a small group picnic area and benches. The second phase is anticipated to be completed by the mid-summer of 2018 at a cost of $2.5 million to design and construct.

The City held approximately seven community meetings starting in March 2009 through April 2015, regarding elements to be included in this new park. The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission approved the master plan for the park on May 6, 2015, and recommended to the City Council to approve the document, which the Council did on June 16, 2015.

About the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department
The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) has one of the most diverse service models of any agency of its type. The recreation, social services and outdoor spaces serve not only San José’s million plus residents, but individuals from surrounding cities and communities, as well. They remain committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to be a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces. For more information, please visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns.

About the City of San José
Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California, with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. Facts about San José can be found here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/780. The City’s website is www.sanjoseca.gov

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