The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the launch of a three-year initiative to redevelop Guadalupe River Park and Gardens in San Jose, California.
The foundation kicked off the initiative with a $600,000 grant to the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) in support of preliminary planning for the 254-acre riverfront project. The funds will be used by the organization to examine the project's economic and ecological impacts, as well as issues around equity. SPUR has appointed Michelle Huttenhoff to serve as its policy director for placemaking and public life and will work with the City of San Jose and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC), which currently manages the park, to advance planning for the project.
The Knight Foundation has invested more than $28 million over the last eleven years to build a more engaged and vibrant San Jose.
"The Guadalupe River Park is at a critical location in our community, serving as the spine that connects downtown San Jose's commercial and residential life. This opportunity arose at a critical time as Diridon Station progresses, corporate campuses arrive in the city, and our urban core grows and thrives," said Knight Foundation program director for San Jose Christopher Thompson. "It's the right time to bring the right people — exemplary community groups and leaders — together for this effort."