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San Jose's new park ... canoe, row, sail, fish, jog, play, or picnic.

Once a swamp choked with reeds, Lake Cunningham is now the centerpiece of Lake Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose. After moving 2.2 million cubic yards of soil, developing diversion channels for four feeder creeks, and creating parking areas, hills, and meadows, the city opened the $12-million, 202-acre park in 1982. A new marina opened last summer, with launching ramps, docks, and viewing walkways.

The 50-acre fresh-water lake is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the prime water-sports parks in the San Jose area. On weekends, you'll see sailboats and sailboards catching stiff afternoon breezes. Rowing and canoeing are also popular, but swimming is not allowed.

Boaters can rent a variety of vessels ($10 deposit required). Single-sail craft cost $7 per hour, $21 for 4 hours. A canoe, rowboat, or paddle boat costs $5 per hour, $15 for 4 hours. A boat with electric motor costs $6 per hour, $17 for 4 hours, $28 for all day.

Sailboards can be rented for $5 per hour. Lessons ($30 for a 3-hour lesson, by reservation) are given daily at 10 A.M. May through September, weekends during the rest of the year. Weekend sailing lessons ($10 per hour) are by appointment. For details, call (408) 270-7873.

If you prefer shoreside activities, you can jog along the 1-mile dirt path that circles the lake, work out on the mile-long, 18-station fitness course, or take an easy bike ride on a paved road. Picnickers can choose from one of nine picnic area, four of which can be reserved for large groups; call (408) 277-5351.

Fans of land sports can rent a tug-of-war rope ($2 a day), horseshoes ($5), a softball kit ($17), or other sports equipment; deposits are required. The multipurpose playing field near the park entrance is big enough to host several softball games and a soccer game at the same time.

If fishing's your game (ages 16 and older must have a license), try for the abundant channel catfish, largemouth black bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and black crappie. Bait and tackle are available at the marina, where you'll also find snacks and refreshments.

In the summer of 1985, a new water-theme park will open just north of the marina. It will have water slides and a swimming lagoon with a wave machine generating 2- to 3-foot waves for body-surfing and rubber-raft riding.

Park hours are weekdays 10 A.M. to dusk, weekends 8 A.M. to dusk. Entrance fee is $1.50 per vehicle; boat and sailboard launching costs $2. Boats can be no longer than 16 feet.

To reach the park from U.S. 101, take the Tully Road exit east to White Road and turn left. For more park information, call (408) 277-4319.
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Date:Jul 1, 1984
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