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Edith Morley Park & McGlincey Ponds

Located at the old Winchester Drive-In site, Edith Morley Park bears the names of two citizens who in their own ways made invaluable contributions to the city of Campbell.

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Edith Morley, a dedicated citizen

Edith Morley was born in West Bromwich, Straffordshire, England, in 1905. She eventually made her way to Campbell, married and had one daughter. She sat as a member of the city's Parks Committee. In 1964 she became a charter member of the
first-ever Parks and Recreation Commission, serving 24 years before retiring. Morley dedicated herself to various projects over the years, including John D. Morgan Park, Campbell Union School District and the beautification of Los Gatos Creek. She also had
a position as chair of the Los Gatos Creek Development Committee. Morley was really involved in parks. She did a lot in the community at a time when women weren't active in city government. At the time of the dedication of the park, Edith Morley was 94 and living in Paradise, Calif. Her grandchildren attended the dedication.

Gordon Reynolds Inspiration Point

MorleyPark3This inspiration point is named for Gordon Reynolds who died on Aug. 4, 1998, after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer. He was 47. Before his death, he had seen his KidsPort -- a play structure inside San Jose International Airport -- come to fruition. Reynolds had a hand in politics as well, working as an independent political consultant who ran campaigns for Councilman Matthew Dean and Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith.

Young people were Reynolds' main concern. His ultimate goal was development of the Winchester site, where he envisioned a multi-sports complex geared toward young athletes. "So long as there are children playing and benefiting from the park, my father's spirit will be there no matter what name resides--and that is victory in itself," said Tiffany Reynolds, his daughter.

Edith Morley Park was completed in 2000. The 5-acre park is located in the Guadalupe Watershed, adjacent to Los Gatos Creek, at the McGlincey percolation ponds in Campbell. Visitors can enjoy beautiful trails, a large grass area, an oak upland habitat, a marshland with separate pond and wooden path, wildflower gardens and picnic tables. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

 

Community garden plots

Garden plots are available for Campbell residents who want to have a garden to plant vegetables, herbs or flowers, but don't have a suitable site where they live. The approximate half-acre garden site has 39 10-x-20-feet garden plots. Plots are issued on a year-to-year and first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one plot per family. There is a $30 annual fee. This covers watering costs and upkeep of the garden.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email or contact Diana Johnson at gardens@cityofcampbell.com, (408) 866-2145.

Art in the park

MorleyPark4Installed at Edith Morley Park in May 2001, The Spirit of Water by Glen Rodgers is a series of large metal shapes mounted on the wall of a private building facing the park. It can be seen when driving along Technology Park Drive.

One of the unique features of Morley Park is this art exhibit.
Art in a museum is a given. It's not expected to be on a sidewalk, parking structure, technology building or in a pond, but in Campbell those are exactly the places where it can be found. Installed at Edith Morley Park in May 2001, The Spirit of Water by Glen Rodgers is a series of large metal shapes mounted on the wall of a private building facing the park. It can be seen by motorists driving along Technology Park Drive near McGlincy Avenue. The project is unusual in that it's a public work of art on private property. When the building owner was approached with the idea of using his wall as a canvas, he was cooperative.

Morley Park Outdoor Classroom

MorleyPark2At Morley Park groups of 20 to 30 students, along with teachers and parents learn about urban runoff, watersheds, groundwater, water quality, wetlands, weather and conservation.

 

Santa Clara Valley Water District staff lead approximately 5 field trips per school year to Morley Park Outdoor Classroom. Groups
of 20 to 30 students, accompanied by teachers and parents,
learn about watersheds, groundwater, urban runoff, wetlands, weather, conservation and water quality.

 

For information on booking a tour, contact Kathy Machado at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2331. Be sure to visit the water district Web site for more information about water district facilities: www.valleywater.org