Saratoga Quarry

Phase 1 - Completed


Phase 1 of the approved Quarry Park Master Plan has been completed. Grand opening ceremony event took place Saturday, October 31, 2015. Phase 1 improvements included a welcome station with informational kiosk, a restroom facility, a gravel parking lot near the existing loading structure, initial trail network consisting of approximately 0.8 miles of trail and picnic areas.

Project Background & Master Plan Development


In 2011, the City of Saratoga with generous contributions from Santa Clara County Parks Department and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District purchased the 64 acre Quarry Property located on Highway 9 near the Historic Saratoga Village and Hakone Gardens. During past couple of years, the City of Saratoga has developed a Quarry Park Master Plan that will guide the development of the new Saratoga Quarry Park.

The City's goal has been to work closely with community members to develop a park that will promote public access and recreation, encourage resource protection, and develop important local and regional trail connections. The City has publicized the community workshop events through Saratoga News, the Saratogan, the City's website and Facebook pages, Nextdoor.com, and event flyers distributed via postage mail to community members who have expressed interest. The City has conducted four community workshops since July 2013. The City also continues to offer guided tours of the Quarry Park through the Parks and Recreation Commission's Let's Walk Program. You may also take virtual tour of the Quarry Property, lead by Council Member Howard Miller. Additional information about community workshops including announcements, presentations and summaries of each workshop are linked below.

Master Plan and IS/MND


On June 4, 2014, the City Council adopted the Quarry Master Plan (PDF) and Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF), Appendix A (PDF), Appendix B (PDF), Appendix C (PDF), Appendix D (PDF). Project overview, conceptual design, use areas and project phasing were presented (PDF) to the Council at this meeting.

Community Workshop Number 4 for Saratoga Quarry Master Plan


The Parks and Recreation Commission hosted this last workshop on Tuesday May 13, 2014. There were approximately 25 people in attendance, many of whom attended the previous workshops. The final draft of Master Plan was presented and public review of the Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration was announced.

Community Workshop Number 3 for Saratoga Quarry Master Plan


The Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) hosted the third community workshop on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. At the meeting, the Planning Center, DC&E presented a draft Master Plan based on community input from the previous workshops. The participants were then divided into two small groups and were asked to prioritize the development of specific areas of the Quarry Park since the City will take a phased approach during development. The draft Master Plan will be presented to City Council in early 2014.

Community Workshop Number 2 for Saratoga Quarry Master Plan


The Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) hosted the second community workshop on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. At the meeting, the Planning Center, DC&E consultants provided an update of the Project vision and goals, a summary of the site's history and existing conditions, and then took the audience through an opportunities and constraints analysis. The consultants described two concept alternatives for the Quarry Park and meeting participants were asked to provide opinions regarding the Project. The participants were then divided into three small groups and asked to review and critique the concept alternatives. Groups shared their reactions to the concept alternatives and made recommendations on what to include in the final concept. Two of the three groups preferred the first concept, "Saratoga's Hidden Playground" and one group preferred the second concept called, "Digging into the Past." All groups were supportive of recreational activities, but the interest in integrating the site's history into the concept design varied between the groups.

Each group shared many common ideas about the infrastructure and recreational elements they preferred to have incorporated into the concept. Locating restrooms on-site and ensuring play areas to be ADA accessible were a common suggestion. Important recreational spaces included picnic areas, a natural playground, and a shaded special event space. Other amenities mentioned were a multi-use field, a zip-line, a ropes course, a frisbee golf course, a bocce ball court, and a boardwalk extending across the pond.

If you are interested in participating in these types of design discussions regarding the Saratoga Quarry, please attend the next scheduled workshop on November 12, 2013, which is the next regular meeting for the PRC.

Community Workshop Number 1 for Saratoga Quarry Master Plan


The Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) hosted the first community workshop on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The meeting began with a welcome from Council Member Howard Miller and an introduction to the project. The Planning Center, DC&E consultants gave a Power Point presentation about the Master Plan goals which focused on the history of the Quarry and the regional connectivity potential with nearby parks and trails. The consultants divided the group into 3 tables with approximately 10 participants to discuss and explore possible activities for the Quarry. Each group presented a broad range of themes, ideas, and activities for the Quarry which included trail walks, zip line opportunities, technology free zones/ renewal, nature museum, docents, program events such as astronomy night and many more. The PRC will host at least two other Quarry Master Plan community workshops. The next scheduled workshop will take place on September 10, 2013, which is the next regular schedule for the PRC.

Community workshop presentations, maps and other documents are located at links below.

Workshop Presentations, Maps & Other Documents

  1. 0 Quarry Park Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration (ISMND) (PDF)
  2. 0 Quarry Park ISMND Appendix A - Design Guidelines and Conservation Measures (PDF)
  3. 0 Quarry Park ISMND Appendix B - Biological Resources (PDF)
  4. 0 Quarry Park ISMND Appendix C - Cultural Resources (PDF)
  5. 0 Quarry Park ISMND Appendix D - Road and Trail Assessment (PDF)
  6. Funding and Acquisition Agreement (PDF)
  7. Initial Study - Public Review Draft (PDF)
  8. July 9, 2013 Community Workshop 1 Announcement (PDF)
  9. July 9, 2013 Community Workshop 1 Map (PDF)
  10. July 9, 2013 Community Workshop 1 Presentation (PDF)
  11. July 9, 2013 Community Workshop 1 Summary (PDF)
  12. Letter to Interested Parties (PDF)
  13. Location Maps (PDF)
  14. May 13, 2014 Community Workshop 4 Announcement (PDF)
  15. May 13, 2014 Community Workshop 4 Presentation (PDF)
  16. May 13, 2014 Community Workshop 4 Summary (PDF)
  17. November 12, 2013 Community Workshop 3 Announcement (PDF)
  18. November 12, 2013 Community Workshop 3 Boards - Plan and Sections (PDF)
  19. November 12, 2013 Community Workshop 3 Presentation (PDF)
  20. November 12, 2013 Community Workshop 3 Summary (PDF)
  21. Presentation at the Council Meeting (PDF)
  22. Purchase Agreement and Grant Deed (PDF)
  23. Quarry Master Plan Draft Atlas- Updated (PDF)
  24. Quarry Park Atlas (draft) (PDF)
  25. Quarry Park Atlas Appendices (draft) (PDF)
  26. September 10, 2013 Community Workshop 2 Agenda (PDF)
  27. September 10, 2013 Community Workshop 2 Announcement (PDF)
  28. September 10, 2013 Community Workshop 2 Presentation (PDF)
  29. September 10, 2013 Community Workshop 2 Site Plans - Concept 1 and 2 (PDF)
  30. September 10, 2013 Community Workshop 2 Summary (PDF)