Proposed Bike Park

Updated 11/13/23

The District's original bike park concept design at Utility Corridor was denied by PG&E and SMUD (the utilities) because of easement limitations on the property. The easement does not allow permanent structures or significant changes to the grade (e.g. dirt piling), as well as permanent utility access to towers. As a result, the District engaged in dialogue with the utilities regarding an alternative design and solicited for proposals for an "easement-friendly" design of trails at the Utility Corridor, as well as a new design concept for a bike park at an alternative district-owned site.  The contract for the design and construction drawings was awarded to Hilride Progression Development Group LLC. Site visits, preliminary designs, and updated designs have been drafted, and presentations have been shared with the Parks and Planning Committee and the Board of Directors. As a result, Stakeholder Meetings were held in September 2023 (9/19/23 and 9/26/23) to review draft concept designs and feedback on updating the designs, which was presented to the Parks and Planning Committee in October 2023. Additionally, partnership meetings throughout the summer and fall, including sharing preliminary and updated designs at the Utility Corridor have occurred with both PG&E and SMUD, and the District is in ongoing Partnership Meetings to discuss utility involvement with the District in the Bike Trails Project at the Utility Corridor. This partnership includes support between our organizations that includes but is not limited to on-site clean-up, and vegetation management, and pollinator and landscaping projects. The Board funded and approved the designs for both the bike trails and the bike park at the November 9, 2023 Board meeting.

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Project Descriptions
Proposed Concept Designs
Current Project Status

Project Descriptions
The proposed Utility Corridor concept design would construct approximately 1 mile of trails and trail improvements across 10.54 acres of project area. The improvements are a rotary connection of 4 bike trails, which includes three flow trails (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), XC Trails which connect with an existing recreation trail for a longer ride west, a pump track, parking lot, viewing areas, and necessary signage. The design reflects the restrictions of the PG&E and SMUD easements on the land, which does not allow for permanent structures or grade changes. The District applied for the Recreational Trails Project Grant, a federal grant administered by the State Department of Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS). The District received a support letter for our application from Representative Tom McClintock. If awarded this highly competitive grant, the District will be notified in late Winter of 2024.

The proposed Silver Dove Way concept design would construct approximately 3 acres of freeride area, 1 acre of pump track, 1 acre of community area, 2.3 acres of nature trails with community orchard, .25 mile Fire Fighter Fitness Loop Trail across 9.79 acres of project area. The improvements include: 1) Multi-use Fitness Trails - designed for walkers, hikers, bikers and dogs on leash. 2) Multi-use Nature Exploration Interpretive Trails - designed with life sized interpretive animal signs and interpretive stations. This area also includes the Community Orchard with fruit trees and berry bushes along the nature trails that will provide incredible blooms in the spring, cool shade in the summer and fresh fruit and berries each season. 3) Bike Flow Trails - designed with berm turns, jumps and rollers for beginning, intermediate and advanced lever riders. 4) Multi-Use Asphalt Pump Track (1-Acre) - designed for bikes, skates, scooters, and roller blades. The proposed design also includes the following trailside amenities at the site: 1.) Park entrance road and parking areas for approximately 80 vehicles and hook-ups for food vendors; 2.) Restroom - prefabricated restroom building with four stalls. 3.) Three Community Shade Canopies and One Shade Structures.

These concept designs were vetted by the community and key stakeholder groups at two workshops in September per the August 10, 2023 Board Meeting. The stakeholders suggested the following adjustments to the two concept designs listed below. As a result, below are the updated concept designs for both locations taking these suggestions into consideration. 

Workshop #1: September 19, 2023: Trails Workshop: 
Intensify Features for Interest and Variety:
  • Add more trails
  • Add crossover connections between trails
  • Add spurs/offshoots on trails
  • Add optional skills to trails – such as rock piles and logs
  • Add additional loop
  • Make trails in the shape of an “s” and not a wiggle
Workshop #2: September 26, 2023: Bike Park Workshop: 
1. Make sure to have good focus on the green lines (beginner)
  • Add more beginner (green lines) and intermediate trails (blue lines)
  • Make a large “Green Zone” next to pump track with turn out options back to the pump track
  • Create “early out” on green lines so less climbing for small kids
  • More green/blue progression lines/less black
  • Add curves to the beginning and intermediate trails
  • Move black lines to the south of the park
2. Add skills areas to nature trail and/or fitness trail
3. Add wood or rock features to perimeter trails
4. Partner with Fire Dept for parking and/or extended trail
5. Create a circuit trail of at least one mile with large start/finish area
6. Add table style jumps and not just rollers
7. Make pump track directional
8. Consider landscaping on south side/exposed side to lessen elements

A follow-up meeting was held at the October 17, 2023 Parks and Planning Committee where the designs were reviewed by the Committee and the public and recommended to be approved at the November 9, 2023 Board Meeting. The Board approved the designs and funding at the November 9, 2023 Board Meeting.

Concept Designs - Two Locations - Updated as of 11/3/23
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Current Project Status
Upcoming Milestones
•   Ongoing coordination with SMUD and PG&E on updated designs and construction drawings at Utility Corridor
•   Final Construction Drawings/Bid Set and Permitting
•   Environmental Analysis as required per El Dorado County Planning and Building
•   Coordination with El Dorado County Planning (Land Use) and Transportation on updated concept design
•   CSD Releases an RFP for Construction 
•   CSD Awards Construction Contract
•   Groundbreaking and construction begins
•   Grand Opening

Completed Milestones
November 9, 2023
Board unanimously approves updated bike park & bike trails designs and costs at 11/9/23 Board Meeting. Public participation of approximately 50 people in attendance and more than 12 members of the public of varying ages spoke in favor of the project.
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October 17, 2023
Parks and Planning Committee reviewed design updates from stakeholder feedback from bike trails/park workshops and recommended the item be forwarded to the full Board for project approval.

September 26, 2023
Workshop #2: Bike Trails Stakeholder Outreach (Silver Dove) Bike PARK Concept Design Review
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September 19, 2023
Workshop #1: Bike Trails Stakeholder Outreach (Utility Corridor) Bike TRAILS Concept Design Review
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Staking 1.5 miles of bike trails using the current Concept Design at the Utility Corridor on September 19, 2023
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September 14, 2023
Representative Tom McClintock supports District's Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant application requesting $425,135  (with a 12% District match) to assist in paying for the Bike Trails Project.

August 10, 2023
Board and Community reviewed two proposed Concept Designs at two locations. Directors Martinelli and Ferry sent the item back to the Parks and Planning Subcommittee of the Board before being approved by full Board. The request was to have community workshops with feedback on designs before meeting to review with the Subcommittee in October followed by the Board meeting in November. 

July 2023
Preliminary Concept Designs for two locations completed and presentation at June 20, 2023 Parks and Planning Committee.

Partnership meetings with SMUD and PG&E regarding Utility Corridor design and future opportunities initiated and are pending review and approval of concept design.

June 15, 2023
District applies for the Recreational Trails Project (RTP) Grant to help pay for 88% of Bike Trails Project, as described using original concept draft. Notifications of awards are expected in January 2024.

May - June 2023
Preliminary Concept Designs for two locations completed and presentation at June 20, 2023 Parks and Planning Committee.

March 2023

Site visits with consultant for new bike trails and bike park design proposals for two sites; Utility corridor site to include easement limitations for review and discussions with Utilities.

January - February 2023
Design proposals received; Staff analysis and designer awarded proposal.

November - December 2022

District solicits for additional bike design proposals for design at two locations.

October 2022
District requested an 851 CPUC Filing by PG&E to consider altering the easement requirements. Request was denied. 
District looking into feasibility and design concept for alternative site.

March 2022
Staff met with El Dorado County regarding design and zoning questions.