It looks like the area close to the birthplace of mountain biking may finally take a few steps in catching up to the rest of the world. Stafford Lake Park is the site of a new proposed bicycle skills park. The skills park would be an addition to the existing facilities, and for Bay Area residents, this is your chance to have your voice be heard in the design process. The site of the proposed bike park consists of roughly 14 acres of space that would be developed into a destination with jumps lines, pump tracks, a CX and short track course and more.
After a ride in Marin yesterday, we did a tour of the area to see what kind of potential this site had.
Taking a look at the photos, the access road is the lower boundary, while a fence defines the upper area. The area is on a hill side, which will make it a lot easier to build lines that can accommodate heavier gravity bikes with minimal amount of pedaling. It would also make for a more interesting short track XC course for the NorCAl MTB High School league.
The project is currently in the planning process, with local Bike park and trail design firm Hilride contracted for the park design. They are currently requesting input from the community for desired features— this is your chance to add your voice for input into the design process. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see some sweet step up jumps worthy of learning real tricks, jump lines with hits into and out of berms with crazy flow, but most importantly, some advanced features. (AKA bigger jumps) I’d also like to see a mountain cross, dual slalom, and bigger bike course. How about you guys?
The next Bike Park Design Workshop is Wednesday, February 9th. Click here to visit the Stafford Lake Bike Park site and get additional details, or visit the Facebook page and like it to stay up to date on the progress.