Proposed Expansion

A plan for expanding the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park has been submitted to park staff. Under this plan, the garden would expand to cover the remaining area between the Park Road and Inner Lake Path, from the dirt parking lot in the east to the picnic area in the west.


The requirements for the expanded garden are:

  1. Improve nature-based recreation opportunities for visitors.
  2. Create a low maintenance landscape (reduced need for mowing, watering, or pruning).
  3. Maintain and enhance the views of the lake.
  4. Provide benches for resting and observing.
  5. Provide alternatives to the Park Road used by walkers and joggers. Provide convenient connector paths between the Park Road and Inner Lake Path.
  6. Provide summer shade to park visitors and anglers.
  7. Provide improved habitat for local fauna.
  8. Reduce the invasive weed load in the park.
  9. Execute a science-based plan to eradicate Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens).

The proposed plan contains several new paths. Visitors will have the option of using these paths instead of — or as a way to get to/from — the Park Road and Inner Lake Path. The paths would allow people to get closer to the flora and fauna of the native garden.

A detailed planting plan is being prepared. If you have ideas or suggestions, please post here or email

About Arvind Kumar

Native plant gardener in San Jose, CA. I have been growing native plants since 2000 in a tract home lot front and back.
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