Residents of the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace neighborhoods first expressed an interest in converting the railroad line that runs through their neighborhoods into a trail for pedestrians and cyclists in 1999 and in 2006 made the rail-to-trail idea a "top ten" priority.

The Five Wounds Trail takes its name from the iconic 100-year-old Five Wounds Portuguese National Church that stands near the center of the trail.

Between 2006 and 2009, a series of community workshops developed ideas for the trail as part of an urban village plan for the site of the proposed subway BART station behind Five Wounds Church. The San José City Council unanimously approved the plan, including the trail, in 2013.

We formed Friends of Five Wounds Trail in 2010 when we had our first trail clean-up. Since then, we've formally met as an organization twice a year and cleaned the trail twice a year with volunteers from the community and San José State University.

Friends of Five Wounds trail originated as a project of CommUniverCity, whose mission is to build community by engaging residents and students in service learning projects that accomplish neighborhood-driven goals. It was originally a collaborative project between the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood, the City of San José, and San José State University. More recently, it has branched out into other neighborhoods surrounding the university.

Artwork already enriches the right-of-way. This panel is by former San José High School student José Raul Rojas, painted when he was still a student at SJHS.


The Five Wounds Trail runs from Coyote Creek at Story Road under I-280 to the iconic Five Wounds Portuguese National Church on East Santa Clara Street and north across Julian Street to Hwy 101 and Lower Silver Creek, connecting the Coyote Creek and future Lower Silver Creek Trails and providing a crucial link in the citywide trail system. Part of the trail from I-280 to East William Street is already completed. The city of San José owns the trail from Story Road to Selma Olinder Park near I-280. The next stretch is a widened sidewalk running north to East William Street. The 1.5 mile stretch of trail that runs from East William Street to Five Wounds Church on East Santa Clara Street and continues to Hwy 101 and Lower Silver Creek, the “upper Five Wounds Trail”, is an abandoned railroad right-of-way currently owned by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).


Friends of the Five Wounds Trail is a group of residents of the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace neighborhoods and allies, including Save Our Trails, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the San Jose Parks Foundation. We’ve succeeded in having the trail included in the city’s new general plan as parkland/open space and gaining recognition from the county. Now our goal is the acquisition of the trail lands and development of an urban trail that links San Jose’s creekside trails. We’re working with the city, county and VTA to achieve this. Our current focus is on county acquisition of the trail from East William Street to Shortridge Avenue or East San Fernando Street. Meanwhile, we’re caring for the future trail lands with semi-annual cleanups.



Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace BART Station Area Community Concept Plan

Documents the community’s vision for future development in and around the proposed subway BART station behind Five Wounds Portuguese National Church.  The idea of turning the abandoned railroad right-of-way into a trail is first surfaced in this plan.  Read more

City of San José Urban Village Plans for Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace

The Five Wounds, Roosevelt Park, Little Portugal, and 24th & William Street Urban Village Plans were derived from the BART Station Area Community Concept Plan.  Community leaders worked with city planning staff over two years to ensure that the village plans adhered to the community’s original intent laid out in the Concept Plan.  The four resultant village plans were approved by the City Council to become part of the city’s General Plan in November, 2013.  Read more

VTA letter acknowledging that the future of the railroad right-of-way is a trail

“VTA has had recent communications with the city of San Jose staff on the proposed Five Wounds Trail. To summarize our position, VTA supports the Five Wounds Trail Project and supports bicycle and pedestrian access to the BART Silicon Valley Corridor. VTA’s highest priority for the former Union Pacific Railroad corridor south of US 101 is to facilitate the implementation of the BART Project. As part of this effort, VTA recognizes the need for corridor preservation for the proposed trail extending from East William Street to Silver Creek.”  Read more

Related Sites

Five Wounds Urban Village
Coyote Meadows Project
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful