ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - AUGUST 16: (CHINA OUT) A child plays in a creek near a factory on August 16, 2006 in Zhangjiakou of Hebei Province neighbouring Beijing, China. Zhangjiakou City, is a major water source of the Chinese capital Beijing, it has stepped up efforts to improve the water environment and meet the high standards in drinking-water protection and conservation. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
Cupertino wants to restore a creek trail, but allowing nature to take its course is proving more difficult than it sounds.
The problem surrounds a trail that runs from Blackberry Farm Park onto Stevens Creek Boulevard, according to the CC Times. Nobody can agree quite where the path should go, and after lengthy arguments this week, the matter has been tabled until April.
That will give the public time to weigh in, and also allows the city to investigate alternatives and costs.
Cupertino would prefer to install a footbridge over Stevens Creek. But other options have been proposed, including relocating the bridge to an area slightly further north. That's because a nearby golf course would prevent a hazard to pedestrians in the form of flying balls.
The trail might also wind past nearby homes and orchard trees, or could do away with the bridge altogether in favor of a path that comes much closer to the hazardous golf course.
And then there's the question of money. The project is currently $1.6 million in the red.
The Bay Area is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in natural areas. The Coastal Conservancy recently pledged a million dollars to a trail that connects non-motorized watercraft launch sites around the bay.