The Phase I opening occasion, provided by Marin County Parks at Stafford Lake Park, is arranged for 10 am to 2 pm and will be totally free to the public (waiving the normal $10 park admission charge). Visitors will have an opportunity to ride the tracks, learn through honored guests, mingle with park sponsors, listen to live music, delight in refreshments, and contribute to the future park phases.
The crucial features of the Stage I bike park include a development jump course, dual slalom track, and a perimeter path. Still to come in the next couple of months are a kids-learn-to-ride location and beginner pump track, though there is hope that both will be finished in time for the opening. Future park phases, to be built pending more fundraising, would include innovative and intermediate pump tracks, a terrain park, downhill and flow tracks, bridge crossings, progression path with balance features, and a primary eventa centerpiece plaza.
“We are so thrilled to cut the bow on this long awaited task,” stated Stafford Lake Bike Park Task Supervisor, Tara McIntire. “We still needhave to install numerous aspects such as the entry plaza, entrance and other details. Individuals will remain to see improvements as time goes on, but for now the heart of the park is constructed and it’s time for riding!”
Up until now, the bike park job has actually gotten $732,000 in contributions and sponsorships in the kindthrough more than 200 contributions, from huge corporations to regional kids. Marin County Parks got vital assistance from the Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park, a nonprofit formed to support both construction and long-lasting upkeep of the bike park.
“This has been an incredible partnership that shows how public-private collaboration can succeed,” stated Marin County Parks Principal Landscape Designer, Steve Petterle. “The Pals group encountered some severe barriers, however got energy as they garnered support and protected funding from regional families, Marin companies, and prominent bike brands. I still cannot get over the fact that we had more than 200 individual contributions. What an amazing collective effort.”
Although Marin is seen by lots of as the birth place for mountain biking, it wasn’t until 2010 when the idea for a County-run bike park selected up significant momentum. Public bike parks have actually been constructed throughout the country in the previous couple of years, consisting of Bay Area centers in Pleasanton, Livermore, San Jose and Santa Cruz.
Internal, the Parks personnel – particularly Tara McIntire, Steve Petterle, former Parks Director Linda Dahl, and current Interim Director Ron Miska – worked closely with County Supervisors Judy Arnold and Steve Kinsey to set the task’s parameters with the Pals of Stafford Lake Bike Park. The nonprofit Pals group helped raise initial funds, hired assistance from the mountain biking and racing professionals, and examined early design plansprepare for the park.
Follow the park’s development at www.staffordlakebikepark.com.
— News release from Marin County Picture captions: Riders attemptexperiment with the new Stafford Lake Bike Park on a recent day. Photo credit: Ken Viale