The Pleasanton BMX Park is one of the few public riding spots the Bay Area where novice dirt jumpers can go to develop their riding skills. It was constructed about 7 years ago, and although it is accessible by public transportation, remains below the radar of many mountain bikers seeking to develop and improve their bike handling ability.
The park is provided by the city of Pleasanton and is open to ride during daylight hours. Located at located at 3320 Stanley Boulevard (near Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area), the park has a good number of jumps suitable for all skill levels as well as an ample sized parking area, picnic tables, and portable restrooms. Designed and constructed by Shane Huntoon, a local track designer for the National Bicycle League, the flow of the park is similar to BMX race tracks, which means a considerable amount of pedaling is required to get enough speed to flow most of the lines.
Like all dirt jumps, the park requires maintenance in order to stay in good shape for riding. Shane and Manny, a local old school BMX rider have regular maintenance days to keep the lips and berms in decent riding shape.
Besides the various sized dirt jump lines, there is also a small BMX track. I had a great chat with Manny about the possibility of addition of a pump track as well, a bike park feature noticeably lacking public riding spots in the Bay Area. Stay tuned.