MCC to get GGNRA update, Wednesday

Posted by on Mon, December 6, 2010

Officials from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will be at the Midcoast Community Council meeting Wednesday at 7:30pm, to discuss the GGNRA with focus on San Mateo County, details of the plans for initial opening of Rancho Corral de Tierra, and considerations for plans for the first year or two of operation

The GGNRA gave a presentation to the Midcoast Parks and Recreation Committee (MPRC) in November on a “soft opening” for two portals for Rancho Corral De Tierra after the first of the year: Coral Reef and Le Conte (near Farallone View Elementary). At that meeting two community members provided letters of concern one addressed the Coral Reef portal with an emphasis on fire danger and mountain bike access on trails. While San Mateo County Liaison George Durgerian is still working on the fire safety information, he has replied on the mountain bike question:

We plan on welcoming mountain bikes.  The trail system and trail regulations will evolve over the coming years, but we agree with the community that—apart from some dramatic and erosive bike trails we’ve seen on McNee Ranch—bikes are an appropriate use of the property.”

The MCC will continue their discussion of Big Wave—which has been approved by the county Planning Commission and is likely to be appealed to the Board of Supervisors—and the Local Coastal Plan Update, which is still before the Board of Supervisors.

The meeting will take place at Seton Medical Center Coastside, Marine Boulevard & Etheldore, Moss Beach. Take Highway 1 to Marine Boulevard and follow hospital signs uphill, MCC attendees must park in upper parking lot per hospital policy.

Very excited to see these lands move into public hands. Especially encouraged in seeing the new kids on the block, Mt Bike Riders being welcomed.

I’ll be at the MCC mtng to hear these plans as they unfold.
Great job POST for purchasing these coastal acres, and a big thanx to Farmer Dave, whose family has tilled these lands for generations.Another note of gratitude to the local Horse folks, who have diligently maintained many of the trails within the Rancho.

Comment 2
Wed, December 15, 2010 2:53pm
Carl May
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It’ll be interesting to see if these “new kids on the block” are more responsible than the (minority of) renegades who cut unauthorized trails through native vegetation in the state park on Montara Mountain, creating large erosion gullies and running through the edge of endangered species habitat.

One thing is for certain, there will be problems if they try to mix hikers and mountain bikers on single-track trails. That has *never* worked well anywhere in the Bay Area, including, somewhat locally, the Mid-Peninsula open space district.

State DPR is unable to enforce the most simple rules for bicycles and leash laws for dogs on Montara Mountain—somewhat understandable in money-confused California. One wonders if the feds will be any better at this in RCDT.