My family and I live in the east Los Gatos neighborhood called Belwood of Los Gatos, and the nearby park is Belgatos Park. We tend to visit it several times a week and spend a lot of time there. I confess, this isn’t my first post about the park, but it is my first using video. (Recently I got a flip video so am learning how to work this new medium.)
This park is unique for a Town of Los Gatos park in many regards. First, it is one of the only parks in town which can accomodate horses, joggers and mountain bikers. (Joggers and mountain bikers, don’t zone out! Horses may have gone before you.) Second, in addition to the niceties of a larger park, which include several grassy meadows, a playground, and a restroom, there are a myriad of trails that interconnect with Belgatos. If you are so inclined, you can spend hours chasing down the paths that wind through the Sierra Azule foothills. Finally, it is one of the only town parks which, with a little effort on the visitor’s part, can provide stunning valley views.
With that introduction, I’ll share with you some video clips I took recently. It’s now the end of summer and Silicon Valley is dry and so are our parks. Below the video clip I will include other pics, from other seasons, of our beautiful Belgatos Park in Los Gatos.
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This stunning single story house features valley views from all of the main rooms: living room, dining room, kitchen, and family room. Additionally, there’s a large and comfortable deck leading to the front door from which the views can be enjoyed as well.
Brazilian cherry hardwood runs throughout the house, part of the extensive updating and remodeling done by the sellers in recent years. The kitchen and all 3 baths have been remodeled as well. The remodeled kitchen offers stainless, granite, vaulted ceilings, recessed lights, a pantry, nook, and views to both the valley and the back yard. It’s also open to the kitchen. The dining room and living room are both just off the entry, and makes for a nice “open floor plan” feeling.
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The Town of Los Gatos is celebrating 125 years of incorporation this Friday, August 10th, from 6pm to 8:30pm at 5 parks around town:
Blossom Hill Park
La Rinconada Park
Live Oak Manor Park
The townwide birthday song is to be sung at 7:30pm.
I am sure that some of this blog’s readers will wonder why we are having five simultaneous, smaller celebrations rather than one grand one in downtown. The answer is: I don’t know. I do know that at least for the Belgatos party, the town had trouble getting a local person to want to be in charge of it. To me it is a strange idea to celebrate simultaneously but not do it as a whole, since the point of incorporation was to bring the townsfolk under one umbrella, as it were. If any readers can shed light on this approach, the comments would be most welcome.
In any event, happy birthday, Los Gatos!
P.S.: Want to brush up on your Los Gatos history? The town’s got a nice synopsis you can read online.
In my house, if you ask the question “do you want to take a walk?” outloud, you’d better be prepared to make a quick exit, leash in hand.
Our family dog, Bella, will begin to jump and run to convey her response: “yes! yes! yes, I want to go on a walk and I want to go right now!” So like with small children and words like “candy”, in our home, sometimes we have to spell out the word or use code to see if other non-dogs under the roof want to come along. “Do you have time for a ‘W’?” usually works, although I suspect that Bella is catching on – just like kids who learn to spell “candy” before anything else.
The main attraction is Belgatos Park (330 Belgatos Lane, Los Gatos), which offers a few entrances, including one on our street just about 3 blocks from our front door. Like most parks, Belgatos has a playground, picnic areas, large grassy areas for frisbee throwing and other games, and benches. It also has a public restroom and a parking lot. Beyond the useful spots at the main entrance that are fairly common to most parks, though, there lie many many forested and grassy trails stretching up the hill – a full 17 acres plus connections to huge open space preserves and trails as well (those being the Heinz Open Space Preserve, reached off Regent Drive, and the Santa Rosa Open Space Preserve, accessed from either the top of Harwood Road or off Santa Rosa Drive or Madera along the ridge of the hill). I can’t tell where the park ends and the open space begins – but the combined acreage is enormous and it’s a delight to explore.
Belgatos Park is where nature meets suburbia. The base looks like any city park but with a backdrop (the rising hill and winding paths) that beckons: come and see what you can find.
And it also seems to work the other way, too. The park is a bit of a conduit for nature to find its way into east Los Gatos too. You don’t always need to go far to find it.
In a tall eucalyptus tree in the parking lot (as you enter the park, it’s on your left side), there’s a large hawk’s nest. Depending on the time of day, and perhaps the bird’s mood or appetite, you may hear repeated screetches coming from this tree or another nearby. The hawk is lovely to watch and it will be fun when the little ones hatch.
Late in the afternoons or early in the mornings, particularly in winter, deer are seen nibbling on the bright green grass close to the same small parking lot too. There’s a little cluster of trees and bushes down by a neighbor’s fence, perhaps 15 feet from the pavement, and you sometimes find an entire family of deer enjoying pre-prandials.
Not wild, but fun for kids, are the goats which belong to the homeowner living to the right of Belgatos Park. Walk up the hill on the asphalt path and you will hear them, and then, most likely, you will smell them. They are cute! You can’t touch the two goats, but it’s always a delight to see something so unusual a stone’s throw from a regular neighborhood.
Continue up the hill on the paved path and you will see the usual assortment of small creatures – squirrels, birds, lizards, and possibly more. Possum and racoons abound. My husband, who hikes there frequently, saw a bobcat close to the playground on the trail there. We’ve seen deer many, many times. Jim has seen coyotes as well. Watch for poison oak, rattle snakes, ticks and black widow spiders: these are a part of nature you want to know about, but not encounter first-hand. Ditto that for the mountain lions who inhabit this land and have been known to walk down past Belwood and into Cambrian Park too. Pay attention.
As you climb, the views become increasingly more lovely with knotted oak and manzanita trees shading the trails, sometimes redwoods too, grassy spots emerging from time to time around bends, and glimpses of the valley below peeking through the openings in the skyline. Most days, the sky is a bright blue with only a few clouds dotting the horizon for interest’s sake. Some days, though, we have a “heat inversion” and there’s a lid of air sitting atop our valley, holding in what would normally blow off with breezes from the San Francisco Bay each afternoon at around 4pm. That lid keeps the heat – and the poor air – trapped. When that happens, the sky turns a disgusting shade of brown or taupe. When you see it, you don’t need to hear the advisory that it is a “spare the air” day. Luckily, the air has gotten cleaned up considerably since I was a teenager here in the 70’s. In any event, the view won’t lie. You’ll know, when you get a little elevation, how the environment is doing that day. No need to read about it online or in print. Take a hike, and you’ll see for yourself.
Where will you go? Depending on which path you choose, you may end up at the top of Harwood Road or you could be on Santa Rosa Drive. As mentioned, Belgatos Park also connects with the Heinz Open Space Preserve and The Santa Rosa Open Space Preserve so there are a myriad of possibilities. No matter which path you take, it will be scenic. You may run into mountain bikers or folks on horseback. Or you may get up close and personal with some wildlife. I do suggest long pants and shoes, not flip flops – just last week, our daughter came home from a hike with a tick who decided to hitch a ride. Since Belgatos Park touches the suburbs, it’s easy to ignore the fact that it is basically untamed land and, as my buddy (a Realtor and fellow blogger) Steve Leung points out, we are then encroaching on their space. So realize where you are and pay attention. I happen to think the park is a very photogenic place, so my other suggestion is bring a camera along too.