*** BMX Enthusiasts Hoping For A Home ***
Pacifica, CA -- 09/01/2007
As the skatepark was approaching
countdown toward a long-awaited opening,
Pacificans who bike,
not board, longed for a
park they could call their own.
But the skatepark wasn't built for biking.
Trying to share the facility was considered by those
to the issue to be a recipe for disaster. In Redwood
City, bikers and
boarders have not been able to use a new
park at the same time without
irritating each other.
The hope of a grassroots organization called Pacifica
Park is that someday there will be a reserved area
for them somewhere in
town that has dirt jumps, ramps,
bowls and ledges. They want another
for bikes as good as the skatepark.
While their dream is going to take a long time to come to
fruition, committee members from Pacifica Bike Park made
presentation to members of the Parks, Beaches
and Recreation Department
during a study session Aug. 8.
Matt McPhail, owner of Gearhead Bike Shop, is a strong
park advocate. He said a new park would provide a
good way to teach youth
the fundamentals of freestyle BMX
or mountain biking before they try their
skills out on the more
difficult trails of Montara Mountain or build their
"This will get the kids off the street where they won't
hit by a car and into a safe place. It will be a big draw,"
Pacifica Bike Park committee members are looking at
locations that would be suitable for a bike park.
They hope to have the park close to public transportation,
about a half acre in size, close to restrooms, parking, a
and local businesses, sloped for drainage
and in a spot where traffic would
be minimally affected
and where neighbors would not be
The potential locations the committee came up with
lower Frontierland Park, Sanchez library field, San Pedro
Fairmont School. The Rockaway Quarry,
the former rifle range and Linda Mar
were also discussed.
Sanchez library field is a particularly good potential
because it is already owned by the city and because it
rest of the committee's criteria, PB&R commissioners
said. San Pedro
Terrace is a tight space, but has the additional
advantage of being next to
a new bike trail that will be built in the
future. That new trail is still in
the planning stages, where it is
expected to be for about another
The Fairmont School site has a huge field and paved area.
It could potentially be used as both a bike park and a soccer
soccer organization would use the grass and the bike
park could build on the
The next step for Pacifica Bike Park will be to seek
endorsements for the project, which will facilitate funding,
conduct more research about potential locations.