Parks and Trails

Castro Street Concept Plan

The Castro Street medians from in front of City Hall to California Street are about to get a complete makeover. The medians were not watered during the drought due to a state mandate to conserve water, and as a result the Cherry trees lining the Castro medians did not survive. The dead Cherry trees were recently removed in preparation of the major median re-landscape project.

Plans submitted for the new median landscape highlight future conservation efforts by replacing lawn areas with a lower water use palette, including some native and drought tolerant plant material. A flowing plant design with swaths of cobble running through the islands, Cork Oaks in the central areas, and Strawberry trees highlighting the areas near pedestrian walkways will round out the new design.

Below is a color sketch of the original concept plan submitted to,and approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council. The actual plan varies slightly with regards to tree location, but is otherwise the same.




Wyandotte Street Park Design

A new park is coming to your neighborhood! The city of Mountain View invites your input on design features for the new park to be constructed at 2254 Wyandotte Street. Join us at the Mountain View Senior Center located on 266 Escuela Avenue on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. and share your thoughts for this exciting project. Link to attached map. For more information, contact Rey Rodriguez with City of Mountain View at (650) 903-6311.


Tussock Moth Caterpillars 2018

Parks staff is currently working on safe ways to reduce the Tussock Moth Caterpillar populations in our parks. Cultural practices are being used including, washing off the caterpillars play structures with pressurized water and manually sweeping the caterpillars.


In higher infestation areas we will begin to treat with an insecticide as time and weather conditions allow. The chemical being applied is Evergreen Pyrethrum Concentrate. It’s a broad spectrum botanical insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower. It delivers fast and effective control of the Tussock Moth Caterpillar and degrades quickly in sunlight. The goal is to significantly reduce populations in an environmentally safe manner without impacting other beneficial insects.

Questions or Concerns?  or call (650) 903-6326



Parks Division

231 North Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 903-6326

The Parks Division is responsible for the protection and maintenance of 39 urban parks and 5.0 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails along Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek and the Hetch-Hetchy Right-of-Way. The Division is also responsible for other regional open space throughout the City.

Parks & Trail Visitor Information

Parks and trails are open from 6:00 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset.

  • Motor vehicles are allowed in designated parking lots and roadways only.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Animal handlers are required to clean up after their pet.
  • Groups of 50 or more people wishing to use any City park (with the exception of BBQ reservations) need to apply for a General Use Notification. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your event date, and require a five business day approval process. For more information on obtaining a General Use Notification please call (650) 903-6407 or email  

Prohibited Activities:

  • Harming or disturbing wildlife and plants; and feeding animals
  • Assembly of structures, commercial vending or posting of signs 
  • No camping
  • No fires 
  • No powered airplanes
  • No golfing
  • No weapons 
  • No alcohol, air jumpers/bounce house, or portable BBQ's allowed without a permit and under conditions set forth by the City. For more information on obtaining a permit, please call (650) 903-6407 or email

Special Provisions for Trails

  • Trail users are permitted on developed trails only.
  • Trail users must limit speed to trail conditions and pass with caution.
  • Trails and underpasses may be closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • Skateboarding is prohibited.

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Our mature trees were stressed by five years of drought. You can help them out by watering them with a soaker hose once a month through the hot summer.

Your trees will love you for it.