Parktown is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Milpitas. It gets its name from the many neighborhood parks, and the streets are all named after national parks. When it was built, the philosophy was that every child should be able to walk to a park without crossing a busy street. It is an area roughly bordered by S. Park Victoria, Landess Ave, Piedmont Rd, and Yosemite Dr.
Parktown has 2 excellent schools located right in the middle of it – Sinnott Elementary and Rancho Milpitas Middle School. Both are California Distinguished schools! For more information about the schools, visit their websites: Sinnott: http://sinnott.musd.org Rancho: http://rancho.musd.org
Parktown is close to several shopping and dining areas. There are 3 grocery stores at the intersection of Park Victoria/Morrill and Landess. For general household needs, there is a Target store at that intersection as well. Nearby banks include Wells Fargo, Chase, and US Bank. There are quite a few fast food eateries nearby as well: McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Togo’s, Jack In The Box. There are also several small restaurants offering Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Filipino food. For more intense shopping and more variety in food, the Great Mall is about a mile away.
Parktown is close to transportation corridors, making commuting convenient. For North-South routes, I-680 is about 1/2 mile away. I-880 is about 2 miles away. Montague Expressway and Calaveras Blvd/Hwy 237 are the main East-West routes. There is a light rail station at the Great Mall, and the new BART station is under construction (scheduled for completion in 2017).
All during the year, the parks are used by various groups for activities. It’s common to see soccer, baseball/softball, and cricket being played. There are public tennis courts on Yellowstone which are well-used in nice weather. In addition, you’ll often see family gatherings and barbecues in the parks. Lots of people also walk all around the parks. My husband and I often walk a loop that includes Sinnott, Murphy, and Ben Rodgers park.