Plans for Stafford Lake bike park in Novato on track

Plans for Stafford Lake bike park in Novato on track

By Nels Johnson
Marin Independent Journal

Posted:   12/08/2012 04:19:00 PM PST

Plans for a bike park at Stafford Lake Park in Novato are on track, with construction possible next summer.

County supervisors have extended a contract with Hilride Progression Development Group of Oakland, providing an agreement that runs through December 2013 — a move officials said did not affect the construction schedule.

“Staff continues to anticipate construction of the bike park in summer 2013, subject to the receipt of sufficient donations and grants,” deputy parks chief Ronald Miska told county supervisors.

More than $33,000 has been raised in the campaign to finance the park and officials hope to get another $50,000 from a corporate donor.

The $33,000 raised so far is on target to match a $50,000 challenge grant promised by county supervisors. County supervisors already have provided $182,000 for design development and construction drawing work by Hilride Progression Development Group.

Passage of Measure A last month, which will boost the parks budget $6.5 million a year, or 54 percent, allows more funding flexibility for projects including the bike park. In addition, the county has applied for a $275,000 land and water conservation grant under a federal program administered by the state parks department.

Stephen Petterle, the county’s principal park planner, has said he is confident enough money from grants and donations will be collected to begin bike park construction.

The plan calls for a sophisticated network of trails, configurations, challenges, riding zones and stations that can accommodate cyclists of all skill levels.

The facility would be created on a 17-acre northwestern segment of the county’s 139-acre Stafford Lake Park.

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