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Voice Your Support for Community Bike Park & Trails in City of Monterey

The City of Monterey Parks & Recreation Department is soliciting community input for a 135-acre parcel of forested land located across Highway 1 from the Del Monte Shopping Center. MORCA is engaged with the city, but we need your help getting bikes into the proposed Old Capitol Site Master Plan.

Bikes are prohibited on all dirt roads and trails within City of Monterey Parks. As stewards of our region’s trails and as valued partners in conservation and recreation projects with our region’s land managers and local government, MORCA is advocating for bikes to be incorporated into the Old Capitol Site Master Plan.

Across California and the nation, even small-scale bike parks and mountain bike trail networks are energizing communities through the spirit of collaboration, recreation, and stewardship. The Old Capitol Site is Monterey’s best chance to embrace the power of modern bicycle advocacy and trail stewardship to deliver social, health, and economic benefits to our community.

TAKE ACTION – TAKE THE SURVEY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Here are steps you can take to support a community bike park and trails in the City of Monterey:
  1. TAKE THE SURVEY (Survey closes June 7). Please consider basing your answers on the examples below so mountain bikers have an organized and consistent voice.
    1. Vote for Concept #2 with 5 miles of trails (See Survey Question #4)
    2. Tell the city that “trails for bikes” are the most important concept for you (See Survey Question #5)
    3. Tell the city that “bike-friendly features” will bring you back regularly (See Survey Question #6)
    4. Tell the city that the concepts which fit into your ideas about the Old Capitol Site include “NEW resources that city parks do not currently provide, such as mountain bike trails and features, because bikes are not allowed on any city park dirt roads or trails” (See Survey Question #7)
  2. Spread the word far and wide among our bike community. MORCA will provide updates via social media and this web page
  3. Subscribe for project updates: visit https://haveyoursaymonterey.org/oldcapitolsite to sign up
  4. Consider submitting written or oral public comment at the June 12 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting
  5. Consider sending a letter to members of the Monterey City Council – the City Council will make the final decision about the Old Capitol Site Master Plan, based on recommendations from the Parks & Recreation Commission and the Parks & Recreation Department.

UPDATES:

  • February 24, 2024: Old Capitol Site Plan Community Outreach Kick-Off Listening Session
  • March 9, 2024: City of Monterey Old Capitol Site Plan Survey 1 of 2 OPENS
  • March 27, 2024: City of Monterey Old Capitol Site Plan Survey 1 of 2 CLOSES
  • April 23, 2024: Old Capitol Site Plan Update Community Outreach Listening Session MORCA Board Members attended the April 23 Community Outreach Listening Session
  • May 12, 2024 City of Monterey Old Capitol Site Plan Survey 2 of 2 opens

RESOURCES:

Old Capitol Site Master Plan Project Schedule