County of Marin - News Releases - Bike Park Closure

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2016

Weather Prompts Stafford Lake Bike Park Closure

Conditions will determine date for reopening of popular Novato facility

San Rafael, CA – Marin County Parks has closed the popular Stafford Lake Bike Park for the rainy season and installed erosion control measures to protect the park and to minimize the time it will take to reopen the park when winter rains subside.

Tarps cover parts of the Stafford Lake Bike Park to prevent erosion.Tarps cover parts of the Stafford Lake Bike Park to control erosion.
The end date of the closure is unknown and is dependent on the weather, said Ari Golan, County Parks Acting Superintendent.

“If we have an extended period of dry winter weather, it might be possible that we can open the pump tracks, perimeter trails or dual slalom,” Golan said. “Reopening of the progression features will take more time, depending on the impact of the rains.”

Volunteers are welcome to help install, adjust and repair the erosion control measures. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at for details.

The result of a public-private partnership, the Stafford Lake Bike Park opened in August 2015 just west of Novato and became the only park of its kind in the North Bay area. Parks staff is particularly proud that families have become a staple user group on weekends and after school, with many people gathering at the kid’s plaza to socialize, watch riders, eat lunch and even assist staff with minor maintenance projects. Park usage has seen a dramatic increase month by month as the unique facility draws visitors from all over the Bay Area, California and even international locales.

For updated closure information, call 415-473-JUMP or check conditions on the park’s Facebook page.


Ari Golan
Parks and Open Space Superintendent
Marin County Parks

Marin Civic Center
Suite 260
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6387
Email: Ari Golan