The newest segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail -- which stretches 2.4 miles behind Moffett Field and connects Mountain View and Sunnyvale -- opened to the public on Monday, Sept. 20.
The Bay Trail, a project started by the Association of Bay Area Governments, is intended to one day extend all the way around the rim of San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Once completed, the trail will cover about 500 miles of open space around the two bodies of water. About 300 of those 500 miles have already been completed, according to Laura Thompson, a Bay Trail project manager.
The Moffett Field segment of the trail was particularly difficult to open, as so many parties held stakes in the land, Thompson said. For a time there were also environmental and public safety concerns. The area is home to many species of rare wildlife and munitions bunkers on Moffett Field were located near the trail.
The environmental concerns have been assuaged and the bunkers have since been moved.
Those who use the trail can enter either on the Mountain View side at Shoreline Park, or on the Sunnyvale side at Baylands Park.
"It's a legacy," Julia Miller, former mayor of Sunnyvale, said of the trail. "When you get out there, you're just two miles from downtown Castro Street and you're out there with nature. It's a great outdoor experience."