Considering that Marin is the birthplace of mountain
biking, it’s only appropriate that we now have a brand-new
park solely dedicated to the sport. BY GEOFF JAMES
The brainchild of Al Baumann, the vice
president of Friends of Stafford Lake Bike
Park, the Stafford Lake Bike Park took a
little over a year to complete. It’s a place
where riders of all ages and abilities can
progress and test their skills in safe, fun
and appropriate conditions.
In August of last year, the eight-acre
Phase One opened to the public on a
17-acre portion of Novato’s 139-acre
Stafford Lake Park. The nine-acre Phase
Two will be open later this year. Phase
One currently offers a pump BMX–style
track, side-by-side dual slalom courses
(the only one west of Truckee) and a
perimeter loop trail for all abilities.
Phase Two will include a flow trail, a new
pump BMX–style track and a parking lot
with access for people with disabilities.
Hundreds of riders have enjoyed the park
since its opening, coming from all over
the Bay Area to check out all its features.
“This is really Marin County’s first pri-
vate-public partnership, and thus far it has
been very successful,” says Julia Violich,
who founded the nonprofit Friends of
Stafford Lake Bike Park. “And we expect to
serve hundreds of riders from all over the
Bay Area and the western United States.”
Her group in conjunction with Marin
County Parks raised almost all the fund-
ing from local companies, families and
foundations. The bike park is maintained
by a dedicated crew of volunteers/riders
who keep the area fun and safe
to ride in; the group is always looking
for additional volunteers to pitch in.
staffordlakebikepark.com K E N
If You Go
May 1–September 13,
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekday vehicle parking, $5;
weekend vehicle parking, $10;
Restrooms, drinking fountains
and plenty of parking