Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Stafford Lake Bike Park

Mountain biking is growing in international popularity, including in Marin County. The vision of the Stafford Lake Bike Park is that riders of all ages and abilities can progress and test their skills in a safe, fun, and appropriate place in Marin County. Stafford Lake Bike Park is the North Bay’s first public bike park. The all-levels park features the only dual slalom course west of Truckee as well as beautiful views of Stafford Lake.

Project Background

Al Baumann, former Marin County Parks and Open Space Commissioner, first proposed the idea for a bike park in Marin County in 2008. Recognizing a community interest in developing a bike park, Marin County Parks began examining a number of sites throughout the county. From 2009-2010, the Hilride Progression Development Group completed a Feasibility Study for the Stafford Lake site. The development of the Stafford Lake Bike Park Master Plan took place in 2011, and the Board of Supervisors adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration and approved the Master Plan in November 2011. Construction drawings were initiated following plan adoption and the bid set of construction drawings were completed in March 2014.

Between 2012 and 2013, a non-profit called the Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park was formed specifically to support fundraising and volunteer efforts to build and maintain the bike park. As of August 2015, the bike park project has received $732,000 in donations and sponsorships in the form of more than 200 contributions, from large corporations to local kids.

Phase I

In 2014, following a public bidding process that resulted in prices exceeding available funds, Marin County Parks was anxious to get construction of the bike park underway. With expert trail builders on staff, and with expert advice from the bike park builders at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Marin County Parks began construction of Phase I trails in July 2014. Phase 1 includes the WTB (Wilderness Trail Bikes) Perimeter Trail, the Mike’s Bikes Progression Zone, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails; a maintenance trail that provides access to the upper areas of the park; and the Kid’s Learn-to-Ride Zone, which is sponsored by Bike Monkey and was completed by volunteers. Phase I of the Stafford Lake Bike Park officially opened on August 22, 2015.

Marin County Parks still plans to install various elements of Phase I including the entry plaza, gateway and other details. People will continue to see improvements as time goes on, but the heart of Phase I is built.

Phase II

The next phase of the bike park is planned for construction this summer. Plans include a new ‘kid’s’ flow trail and extended Wilderness Trail Bikes Skills Zone perimeter trail. This trail will also include several pre-manufactured wood skills features of various shapes and sizes that are focused on kids and beginner level riders and are intended to challenge and build skills in a fun and exciting way.

Future park phases, to be built pending further fundraising, will add advanced and intermediate pump tracks, a terrain park, adult flow trail, bridge crossings and a main event plaza. The timeline for construction is dependent upon the fundraising effort.

Find out about fundraising efforts and upcoming volunteer opportunities on the Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park website, a non-profit formed to support both construction and long-term maintenance of the bike park.