SPUR is deeply invested in supporting the reimagining of Guadalupe River Park. The river park is a flourishing natural habitat, critical physical connector to surrounding neighborhoods and catalyst for economic and cultural vitality in downtown San Jose. Since 2017, SPUR has--in close collaboration with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, the City of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley Water District--been leading a long-range planning and research initiative to inform the future of the river park. Our intention is to help bring the many goals and ideas for the many "rooms" along the park together into one cohesive, achievable and sustainable vision. SPUR is encouraged by the momentum and high visibility sparked by the Urban Confluence team and are eager to see what comes out of the design competition.
The Board of Directors of the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy supports the bold envisioning process of the San Jose Light Tower Corporation for Arena Green. We believe that the park can be activated while protecting the riparian habitat and wildlife species of Los Gatos Creek and the Guadalupe River, and are glad that SJLTC wants to work with us to design a project that is consistent with this mission. As downtown development soars, the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens will be solidified as San Jose’s urban central park and we are receptive to projects that meet our goals and dovetail with our grand and audacious vision.
"Silicon Valley is the world capital for innovation, but it has never had a sense of 'place.' An iconic structure will fix that -- something recognized the world over, that fills people with a sense of wonder and excitement. As soon as we accomplish that, Silicon Valley will at long last take its rightful place among the other great world capitals."
“My design partner and I just submitted our final proposal for the Urban Confluence Design Competition, and I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for all the work you and your team have done in regards to organizing and facilitating this competition. My design partner and I are both freelance artists that have careers in art directing, designing and building large festivals and events. During this time of complete world shut down, all of our events and projects for 2020 were cancelled or postponed, this competition has been such a great thing to focus on and distract from our current uncertainties. My design partner is also in the midst of losing his father to leukemia, and his mother has been helping us with researching and discussing this project at length. Needless to say, everyone needs something to focus on that is uplifting and inspiring. This project really went so much deeper for us than simply applying to a competition, and I know things all happen for a reason, so I wanted to express our gratitude for all you have done and continue to do. This has been an incredible creative journey, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity.”
As one of the first Hispanic mayors of a major U.S. city, I am keenly aware of the value that different cultures bring to the vibrancy of a large community. I am a big supporter of the idea of diversity and inclusion. I fully support the new San Jose Light Tower project because it will be an international icon that the world will see and appreciate as a symbol of innovation and the wide-spread unity of our community. Many diverse cultures had a hand in building the original light tower and I know many more will participate in building the new Light Tower Icon of San Jose/Silicon Valley. San Jose is a shining example of where we can live and work together in harmony.
"This project is our opportunity to be a shining icon that inspires us as a symbol of the human and technological innovation that is Silicon Valley."
"The SVO is very supportive of the concept of this vision for downtown San Jose to serve as a signature landmark for Silicon Valley."
"It has been a long time coming for this wonderful symbol of the spirit of innovation in our city. I know many look forward to it being a beacon for the entire Valley."
"The San Jose Downtown Association supports the concept of developing an iconic structure in downtown San Jose that is a beacon for the 21st Century and Silicon Valley."
Much of the success of our special region has been made possible by diverse groups coming here to live and pursue the American Dream. This project and its vision will stand as an example of this.
"Having this built in the center of our city will be a huge boon to the vibrant downtown scene and our business community."
"San Jose needs a year-round landmark reflecting the rich innovation of the past with the possibilities of the future. I support this venture."
"I want to express our excitement and enthusiastic support for this project. We can’t wait to see what comes from this effort!"