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Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department

 I would like to comment on the grant applications for the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department,
Grant #G09-03-19-G01 Ground Operations
Grant #G09-03-19-L01 Law Enforcement

GO: The Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park is the epitome of a local park offering residents and families an opportunity to enjoy OHV recreation in their local area. This motorcycle park is very important to a large number of Bay Area residents, and deserves the support of the OHV community through this grant request. The entire grant request seems to be dedicated to the motorcycle park, but I would request that Santa Clara County add supporting figures in regards to the number of visitors and confirm that the entire amount requested would remain for use in the park. It is very difficult even to conduct a cost/benefit analysis without visitor figures to back up the amounts requested.

All in all, I believe this is a worthy grant, and I support this grant.

LE: One of the cornerstones of a good OHV program is a strong, effective Law Enforcement program. I know that there is quite a large expenditure requested by the county, again, I would like to have visitor figures to back up the need for this amount of funding. [Amy Granat - 4/5/10]


 District 36 Motorcycle Sports Committee is pleased to support BOTH grant submissions on behalf of our membership.

As OHV Division knows, our membership supports this wonderful facility year in, and year out.

Grant Numbers G09-0319-G01 & L01 should be funded at appropriate levels, especially since usage by the OHV community has increased because of the ill-gotten closure of Hollister Field Unit controlled Clear Creek Management area.

SC Parks and Rec have a proven track record of success, and funding should be addressed to the levels requested by them with the grant application. [David Pickett - 4/5/10]



 I've been riding motorcycles for 33 years now at Metcalf Motorcycle Park; if it wasn't for Metcalf, I would never have been able to stay in and love this sport for so long.  This park offers so much for so little; i can't think of another park that is more of major player in the off road community than m.m.p. the formula for this success starts with the out standing staff at m.m.p. they are always very professional , helpful and very safety minded . the best i have experienced. the trail system at m.m.p  is top notch ,i love the single track the park offers along with moto-x track. the park also offers great economical sense being the closes to most all major bay area cities . i can ride for 2 or 3 hours and with a short ride home , have plenty of time left in the day. i would like to thank everyone connected with m.m.p ,you have created a jewel in the motorcycle community.  [L. Coleman - 4/3/10]



 Metcalf motorcycle park is a place that I like to take my family to for recreation.  We have been going for a few years now, and would like to see the park continue to provide our family with a place to recreate.
 
With more and more land closures happening for OHV use, it is important theat we support those that are available.  The use of park is busier now than ever because of the closures that have already occured (Clear Creek as an example). 
 
Please  support the park by granting the money needed. maintenance of the trails and tracks are required for safe operation. In addition erosion control is also an important safety concern as well as ensuring a sustainable future for OHV activity. [Bryan Happee - 3/30/10]



 As resident of Santa Clara County, Metcalf Motorcycle Park is the closest place I can ride my off-road motorcycle legally.  With the closure of Clear Creek and the over abundance of riders at Hollister Hills, it is imperative that Metcalf remain open. We need more places to ride off-road, not less.  I know many of my friends feel the same way but would never take time to write an email. 

The Rangers really care about what the do there and are very professional and well-trained.   It is obvious that money for this grant is money well spent. [Dan Delaney - 3/29/10]



 Everyone asking for Grant money does it with honorable intentions to manage our public lands , provide sustainable recreation and protect resources.  I agree with all of that and am not one to say "do not fund"  but there are exceptions from my point of view. 
 
In reviewing these grants for 2009/2010  It it is alarming how the % of actual work on the ground changes from one agency to another.  From experience I would like to see no more than 5% of the grant request for staff under Ground Operation go to management.   The key to sustainable recreation on our public lands are for our grant money to be spent on the ground.  
 
Every single grantee should be preaching "Stay on Designated Trail"   regardless what your job is, it is the responsibility of every person involved with OHV that this message has to pushed.
 
Every single grantee should encourage those that are law abiding citizens to put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" to change their way so that we can have a "Sustainable OHV recreation"  for future generations. 
 
Lastly I want to thank every single person involved in working on  OHV recreation for your time and dedication. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]



 Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor.  We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune  because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me"    That has to change.  Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance.  It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property"   "Know the rules of area you are riding in "  be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County.  All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone.  We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.   
 
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants.   Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket. 

Thank you all for working this very difficult issue.  [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to  public lands for all" - 3/28/10]


 I often ride my dirt bike at Metcalf Motorcycle Park. I see thousands of other riders who also enjoy Metcalf as it is one of the most popular parks in the South Bay.

The grant money that the state provides to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued maintenance of Metcalf Motorcycle Park.

Due to the popularity of Metcalf, weekly maintenance of the trails and tracks are required for safe operation. In addition erosion control is also an important safety concern as well as ensuring a sustainable future for OHV activity.

The Rangers and staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park do a wonderful job and we all appreciate their dedication. So the money for this grant is money well spent. [Gwynne P. Fitzsimmons - 3/29/10]



 I have recently started to ride at Metcalf Motorcycle Park, and look forward to many trips to the park over the coming months. I see thousands of other riders who also enjoy Metcalf as it is one of the most popular parks in the South Bay.

The grant money that the state provides to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued maintenance of Metcalf Motorcycle Park.

Due to the popularity of Metcalf, weekly maintenance of the trails and tracks are required for safe operation. In addition erosion control is also an important safety concern as well as ensuring a sustainable future for OHV activity.

The Rangers and staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park do a wonderful job and we all appreciate their dedication. So the money for this grant is money well spent. [Thomas Bernota  - 3/26/10]



 I’m am an avid outdoorsman and live in San Bruno, CA.  I love going to Metcalf Motorcycle park and go at least 2x per month and it is usually well attended as evidenced by the crowded parking lot.  .  It is a great, safe, and fun place to ride with friends and family.  My son and daughter learned to ride safely there.  The proximity of Metcalf to the bay area is awesome and I do everything I can to help maintain the mx track and help report disorderly conduct to the rangers when it is appropriate.

The rangers are all very conscientious and friendly.  They are the rule there and I respect the difficult position that some people put them in.  Nevertheless, they are polite and firm with any perpetrators.  It is imperative that we keep the trails/tracks in order so that the safe, enjoyable use of the park may be utilized to it’s utmost capacity.  The funds for Metcalf are critical to ensure the ongoing maintenance and staffing of the park.   Given that Clear Creek has closed, it has added additional riders into the mix. 

I hope that you can help us maintain and expand Metcalf and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. [Paul Lang - 3/22/10]


 Application: Ground Operations and Law Enforcement
 
The following are my comments for the OHV Grant funding request:
 
With then 2008 closure of the Clear Creek Management Area, there is more impact on the Metcalf Cycle park. Even the Hollister Hills SVRA has felt it, having to refuse entrance several times because of too many riders.
Metcalf Cycle Park’s location reduces the mileage that folks from the bay area must travel, compared to going to Hollister Hills SVRA.
The riding experience at Metcalf Cycle park is different than at Hollister Hills SVRA. It’s setup is designed more for the beginner/intermediate riders and families. When driving south of San Jose on the 101 highway, I’ve never seen signs of illegal riding thanks to having a legal riding area.
 
Funding for the Ground Operations and Law Enforcement should be a priority!

Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/15/10]


 For the past several years I’ve been riding at MCP.  I can’t say enough about how fun it is and how lucky we are to have such a place in Santa Clara County.  The rangers are very friendly, helpful and responsible, the staff are friendly and responsive, and the park is beautifully maintained and coexists well with nature and the surroundings.

I would like to see more grant money made available for the park to carry out maintenance of trails and maintenance of the motocross track.  Also, expansion into the UTC property should be considered as a way to prevent development in those beautiful hills, and to preserve the area indefinitely for wildlife, urban forest, recreation and the enjoyment of the outdoors. [Curt McDowell - 3/13/10]


 I am writing today in support of the 2010 grant application Metcalf OHV park has made.

 I am a resident of Santa Clara County and recently started riding dirt bikes (having ridden street bikes for many years).

Metcalf has been a great place to ride. It's proximity to my home means I enjoy better access to legal trail riding and a variety of trails for me to build skills on.

 One of the things I've noticed about the park is the staff's attention to the park. From trail conditions (always very good) on riding days to the effort the park staff makes to maintain the tracks and to mitigate erosion throughout. Metcalf's popularity makes the funding for weekly maintenance is money well spent.

The rangers at the park (and at SCC Parks in general) always seem more like public partners than law enforcement--something that I think makes the park work well and encourages riders to work with rangers and other staff to make Metcalf one of the best examples of an OHV park.

Bottom line is the money Metcalf OHV has requested will be well spent (based on my observations). [Ian Clements - 3/11/10]


 I've come to the attention that Metcalf motorcycle park needs help from riders who enjoy the park as part of the application for OHV funding. I am very excited that something as simple as my short email has potential to help such a fantastic park.

I love riding at Metcalf, I've taken many people who have never ridden dirtbike or motorcycles to Metcalf and all of them have had a blast (and keep asking me to take them back). Metcalf has an amazing variety of terrain that keeps everyone happy. Metcalfs proximity to the Silicon Valley saves me and a lot of other casual riders a tremendous about time b/c we can get a great day of riding in without spending more hours in the car than on the bike. Everyone at the park from the rangers (Sarah is fantastic) to the volunteers are extremely helpful and nice to interact with.
 
I ride at Metcalf at least 3 times a month during the winter (red sticker) season and much more during the summer (green sticker). Last summer I started taking advantage of the later hours of the park by riding after work till the park was closed. I'm really looking forward to riding after work this coming summer and have a few co-workers who are interested as well.
 
I think Metcalf sets a very good example for trail maintenance as well as erosion control and making sure riders obey the rules of the trails. Both the Rangers and the volunteers play a key role in this. I believe that ensuring Metcalf keeps this standard for trail maintenance and erosion control is vital as a lot of beginning riders learn that the rules of the trails at Metcalf and then continue to abide by these practices when they expand out to different OHV parks.
 
Thank you for your time. [Brandon Snow - 3/11/10]


 I wanted to express my support for funding of Metcalf cycle park. I ride there at least 1x per week day and many times bring my family to ride with me on the weekends. The track and trails are generally in great shape and maintained very well. On the weekends the park is usually quite full and even during the week we see many people enjoying the track and trails. The rangers are very friendly and professional and I can’t express enough how important this park is to me and my family. Thanks again for the continued support and please let me how I can help make sure the park is well funded and maintained. [Mike Yeomans - 3/11/10]


 I often ride my dirt bike at Metcalf Motorcycle Park. I attend this park because it is very close to town and it is maintained very well.  The staff is diligent about trail conditions and overall facility maintenance.

The grant money that the state provides to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued maintenance of Metcalf Motorcycle Park.  I believe a large part of grant funding to this park is consumed for trail maintenance which is an important safety concern as well as erosion control which ensures a sustainable future for OHV activity.

The Rangers and staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park do a wonderful job and we all appreciate their dedication. So the money for this grant is money well spent. [Chris Burns - 3/10/10]


 Metcalf Motorcycle Park is an amazing place. Thousands of riders from the bay area and beyond, including myself have been going there for family recreation for decades.  It provides an opportunity for get away from the stresses of living in the Silicon Valley without having to drive vast distances to get there, thus limiting air pollution and conserving energy resources. It also provides a positive economic impact to many local businesses, thus creating jobs and tax revenue. I personally spend thousands of dollars annually. The rangers are respected for their efforts and devotion to the public.   An enormous amount of work and attention goes into preparing and maintaining the area for use. Regardless of some popularly held beliefs, the vast majority of the ohv community does have a deep appreciation for wildlife and the environment.  Among the OHV community it is a cherished jewel which cannot be replaced. The grant funds are well spent and provide many returns to the area. Please continue to support Metcalf Motorcycle Park now and in the future. [Chris Blaufus - 3/7/10]


 I ride my dirt bike every Sunday, weather permitting, at Metcalf Motorcycle Park. I see many of other families who also regularly enjoy Metcalf as it is one of the most popular parks in the South Bay. This is a place where people can take the whole family, get outdoors, and under controlled, maintained conditions.

The grant money that the state provides to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued maintenance of Metcalf Motorcycle Park, and I ask you to continue and increase this amount.

Due to the popularity of Metcalf, weekly maintenance of the trails and tracks is required for safe operation. In addition erosion control is also an important safety concern as well as ensuring a sustainable future for OHV activity.

The Rangers and staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park do a wonderful job and we all appreciate their dedication. Money for this grant is money well spent, and investment in the land, the people and the soul of Santa Clara County. [Charles Statman - 3/5/10]


 I want to thank you for collaborating and making Metcalf Motorcycle Park a very valuable family resource in this community.

I ride there frequently and always enjoy the experience and see many other families doing the same.

We all really appreciate the work that the Rangers do in maintaining the trails, managing erosion and providing a balanced environment for all to enjoy.

Volunteering is also a great way of working together to keep this going.

I look forward to your continued partnership on this very special asset to our society. [Jack Walshe - 3/5/10]


 I wanted to take some time to tell you about my family's  experience with the Metcalf Motorcycle Park. I have lived in the area for 47 years.  My parents took me to Metcalf Motorcycle Park when I was a teenager.  I have been taking my Son and Daughter to Metcalf for the last 9 years.  Both of my kids have chosen to do community service work at the park each year as part of their commitment with their schools (Mitty High School and St. Lawrence High School).

While my family is actively involved in the OHV community, I've found the Metcalf Motorcycle Park to be a preferred place for families to enjoy the sport. The rangers and all involved have created a wonderful space for families to gather and enjoy both motorcycle riding and the beautiful nature the park has to offer.  The rangers do an amazing job of involving the park participants in protecting the park, and teaching people why it's important to protect the natural habitat.

We visit the part multiple times a week, purchase yearly passes each year, and see thousands of other families enjoying everything the park has to offer.  I can't thank the rangers and staff enough and truly hope that they get the support and funding needed to keep the park maintained and safe so other families can have the same positive experience we have had over the years. [Mike Garman - 3/4/10]


 I often ride my dirt bike at Metcalf Motorcycle Park. I see thousands of other riders who also enjoy Metcalf as it is one of the most popular parks in the South Bay.

The grant money that the state provides to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued maintenance of Metcalf Motorcycle Park.

Due to the popularity of Metcalf, weekly maintenance of the trails and tracks are required for safe operation. In addition erosion control is also an important safety concern as well as ensuring a sustainable future for OHV activity.

The Rangers and staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park do a wonderful job and we all appreciate their dedication. So the money for this grant is money well spent. [Andy Bajka - 3/3/10]


 The many other families I see out there also enjoy these aspects.

Metcalf is a very important park to keep open as much as possible.  The State should support the wholesome, healthy, physical recreation activities at Metcalf byt continuing the provide grant monies to Metcalf Motorcycle Park.

Metcalf requires weekly maintenance of the trails and tracks for safe operation.  Erosion control is also an important safety concern as well as ensuring a sustainable future for OHV activity.

The Rangers and staff at Metcalf are very dedicated to the park and the patrons of the park.  They work very hard to keep the park in working order and reach out to the community for volunteer support and just in general are very good to interact with at the park. They work very hard to make sure the money for this grant is money well spent. [George Leavell - 3/3/10]


 Thank you for the chance to review the preliminary application for the Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park.

Foremost, I want to stress how important this recreational opportunity is for residents in and around Santa Clara County. 

My family and I are frequent patrons of Metcalf Motorcycle Park, operated by Santa Clara County.  OHV use is a recreational activity that encourages a healthy lifestyle, teaches self-reliance, engineering principles, and allows multi-generational outings.  How rare it is to find a sport that allows grandparents, parents, and children to all recreate together. I am firmly convinced that OHV activity has been a strong bond between me and my parents, as well as between me and my children and my children and their grandparents.

Please continue to fund this wonderful resource so that my children will be able to extend this cycle of family unity through OHV recreation. [Jim Lubin - 3/3/10]