The Stafford Lake Bike Park is a project of Marin County Parks and the Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park. The 17 acre bike park site located within Stafford Lake County Park is intended to provide a bicycle riding area for the public designed for riders of all ages and skill levels- beginner through expert. The facility is designed to promote a community of learning and advancement while providing safe, fun and exciting bike riding experiences.
The project began with the development of a Feasibility Study in 2010, which was accepted by the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission on October 20, 2010. On November 30, 2010 the Marin County Board of Supervisors also approved the Feasibility Study and the allocation of funds for Marin County Parks to move forward with the master planning phase.
Neighbors, local riders, businesses and interested community members were invited to attend one of five Community Design Workshops to learn more about the project and share their design ideas. After the Master Plan for the bike park was approved by the Marin County Board of Supervisors on November 15, 2011, the development of construction drawings, permitting and environmental compliance was initiated.
Marin County Parks will comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and obtain any local, county and regional permits that pertain to this type of project. The Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted the CEQA Initial Study on November 15, 2011 and the project has currently obtained two of the three required permits.
A phased approach is proposed for project construction. A large portion of the site will be constructed in 2014 and we hope the park will be completed in 2015. It is anticipated the park will be built not only by class A contractors and qualified trail builder subcontractors, but also by the volunteer community.
The grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony will occur after the first phase of the park is completed in the summer of 2014. This event will signify the official opening of the bike park to the public. It’s also a time to celebrate the hard work leading up to the opening. The grand opening event will include contests, skills clinics, professional athlete demonstrations, music, vendors and much, much, more.
Ongoing Maintenance and Operations
The park will require ongoing and consistent maintenance to ensure the park remains in good condition and continues to satisfy it’s risk management guidelines. It is anticipated these operations will be managed by Marin County Parks with a combination of paid maintenance staff as well as volunteers.
Special Event Permitting
The bike park will be available as a venue for programming and special events such as skills clinics, camps, instruction and training programs, competitions, bike demos, races, festivals, etc. A permit will be required for such activities.