April 14, 2024
Soils and trees will be removed from area in Saratoga park.

Sanborn County Park is getting a much needed makeover.

Santa Clara County recently launched the Sanborn County Master Plan to clean up the park and bring in new campgrounds, trail connections and other recreational activities for the community.

Workers are starting the cleanup process at the former Christensen Nursery in the 3,500-acre park in Saratoga.

They must remove waste material and debris from the former nursery operations, and contaminated soils will be removed and backfilled with native soils.

Fallen and dead trees will be cut, chipped or removed, and the county will develop a tree protection plan to minimize the removal of vulnerable vegetation.

“Cleanup is not as simple as it sounds,” said County Supervisor Joe Simitian in a press release. “Soils need to be treated to make sure they’re safe for the public. Trees need to be preserved and protected where possible. Once all this work is done, the foundation for a new public space will be in place, and that’s exciting.”

“Sanborn Park is a wonderful public resource, and Saratoga is fortunate to have such immediate access to it,” said Saratoga Mayor Kookie Fitzsimmons in a press release. “The park is already one of many great attractions that bring county residents and visitors to Saratoga, and knowing Sanborn will be expanded and improved upon is something to look forward to.”

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The park hosts outdoor school and summer programs at its Walden West Environmental Education Center .

The 57-acre Christensen Nursery was purchased by the county in 1993 and was at one time a holiday estate, vineyard and nursery. It contains the Christensen home, a caretaker’s home, a barn and several other structures.

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