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Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department

I am writing in favor of having the County of Santa Clara promote the great motorcycle park we have Metcalf Motorcycle Park . Last year I attended several of the Parklands Meetings explaining why the county MUST support OHV programs here in Santa Clara County .
 
In May 2008, in San Benito County the Hollister Field Office Manager Rick Cooper closed the state’s best OHV riding area Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA). With CCMA encompassing over 70,000 acres of land run by the BLM used by OHV’ers, rock “hounders”, hunters, miners and land owners recreational pursuits. Last month the California Government decided to “steal” (again) over $21 Million dollars from the OHV fund. These funds are from the 14% of California OHV owners registering their off-road motorcycles, quads and other off road vehicles. With the state sending almost of the required money to Metcalf Park for its yearly costs of running our county park any money taken by the State of California will greatly affect the park.
 
As you know, the State of California is also threatening to close the only OHV park that allows camping in Hollister, “Hollister Hills”. If Hollister Hills closes then the only park for most Santa Clara County residents will be our 438 acre small day-use only park Metcalf. The closure of Hollister Hills along with the already closed Clear Creek Management Area will cause many OHV riders and owners to sell their off-road motorcycles to others. These new owners will most likely reside in another state since there will be so few places to ride that can be accessed within a few hours especially with gasoline hitting $4.12 per gallon. I know that as an owner of 11 motorcycles I will not be able to ride anywhere near where I can drive within a days reach. I may after owning over 60 plus motorcycles in the last 23 years have to sell off my dirt bikes.  I pay $52.00 every two years for registration (11 * $52.00= $572.00) a total of $572.00 I am just one of the 14% of California residents that are owners (most with several OHV’s registered) of OHV’s. If these owners sell off their bikes then there will be a much smaller amount of Green Striker Fee’s going in to the government pockets.
 
I have had both of my daughters enrolled in the Metcalf Junior Ranger Program where Ranger Mike did an excellent job at teaching the kids all about the environment, land, safety and even medical aide. These programs will be shut down. I have never heard a person (kid or parent) say that the program was not fun. The park is quite small for an area encompassing over a couple million residents and visitors. The Metcalf OHV Park must be EXPANDED for more trails, native areas for animals and parking for camping and events. The Green Sticker fee’s already in the state coifers could easily purchase the UTC land for expansion of Metcalf which of course would bring in many more riders who in turn purchase gas, food, meals and stay in near-by motels.
 
If the State takes the Green Sticker Fee’s Metcalf will NOT be able to stay open and numerous employees will be laid off and there will be nowhere to ride except illegal areas. This is not what anyone would really want. The only profitable program California has is the Green Sticker OHV Fee Program, this is amazing that it is a self-reliant program and it also promotes activity, recreation and togetherness (my daughters always ride with me).
 
I fully in favor of the OHV program continuing in all of California we as residents cannot afford to lose all of the registration fees if it closes or losses over $21 Million dollars to help the budget. Why should I have to AGAIN pay fee’s to pay for other’s mistakes? Please support the California OHV Program.
 
If the California counties allow the State of California to raid our OHV program then there will also be huge ramifications in sales in almost all of the 58 counties in California. Off-roader vehicle users purchase a lot of goods, supplies and services to go riding. Please keep the money in the program.

I would LOVE to see the Green Sticker Fund money purchase the UTC land and make it a multi-use park and add onto Metcalf Motorcycle Park. [Dee Murphy - 4/3/11]


The Metcalf OHV area is a very integral part of the system.  I myself enjoy riding there often. I also work with other OHV riders who use the park often.  It is a very close place for us to go even on work days for a long lunch ride.  Please make every effort to continue to mkae this and other OHV area's in ca available for the OHV community.

The rangers at metcalf are very exceptional people in that their efforts do a lot to keep the park in great condition. [Bruce Saxton - 3/25/11]



Metcalf Motorcycle park is an asset to Santa Clara County not only for local riders but for local businesses as well. Tax revenues for restaurants, Gas, and Hotels help the local economy provide services and Jobs. MCP is a Family park that needs funding to continue to provide a  place for residents and out of town visitors to Enjoy the Sport of Dirt bike riding. [Barry Newman - 3/24/11]



My comments in support of the 2011 OHV Grant Funding request for Metcalf Motorcycle Park are below.

Metcalf Motorcycle Park is a key recreational resource for OHV users in Santa Clara County and beyond. Its proximity to populated areas makes it an ideal and convenient area for day use of dirtbikes, ATVs, and similar vehicles, as do its well-constructed and maintained complex of tracks and trails. The Park's design makes it usable by a wide range of riders, from beginner to significantly experienced, increasing its appeal and making the site useful to families and groups with a breadth of rider skill levels.

The nearest similar OHV Park, Hollister Holls SVRA, is a significant distance to the south, out of reach for day use for many users in the greater Bay Area. Metcalf also helps relieve crowding at that extremely popular and heavily-used site. In addition, recent closures of widely-used OHV riding areas, such as the large Clear Creek Management Area, have increased pressure on local SVRAs significantly--users need a place to ride.

The Park also provides a site for riding instruction, increasing rider safety, and environmental education, resulting in a safer and more environmentally aware recreational user base. The Park's erosion control activities and silt basins protect the site from the environmental degradation that would otherwise result, on site and beyond. Regular maintenance is necessary to maintain the park in a safe and environmentally sound manner, particularly with heavy user pressure. The staff and rangers contribute significantly to safety, enforcement, and the overall excellence of the user experience at Metcalf as well, even reporting on trail and track conditions for users online.

Grant funds to sustain the Park for current and future generations will help ensure our enjoyment, as well as the sustainability of, Metcalf Motorcycle Park. [Heidi Lypps - 3/14/11]


I am writing in support of the funding for the SC Park grant. In particular Metcalf OHV Park has provided a great resource for family off road motorcycle activities. It continues to be one of the best facilities for younger riders and great quick local access for those in the So Bay Area.
Not only do they operate the facility very well they continue to reach out to the community and support the off road motorcycling public.

They simply do a great job!!

I encourage you to support the operation. [Denny "Budman" Kobza - 3/14/11]


The following are my comments for the OHV Grant funding request.

If someone were to ask me what the ideal county OHV park would be like, I would point them to Metcalf Motorcycle Park. They provide local riding opportunity, safety and environmental education, and a good mix of terrain. When driving south of San Jose, you will not see illegal riding trails along the hillsides because the park provides a quality place to ride at a reasonable cost.

The closure of Clear Creek Management Area has created additional pressure for riding areas. Metcalf Motorcycle park is absorbing some the pressure. The close proximity of the park to the SF bay area shortens the driving distance to riding opportunities, saving fuel and reducing automotive air pollution.

The OHMVR Division has had difficulties in obtaining and opening new SVRA properties. Keeping Metcalf Motorcycle Park open and fully maintained fills in the for the lack of new SVRA areas.

Metcalf Motorcycle Park deserves funding from the OHV Grants program… They’ve earned it!

Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/10/11]


I have enjoyed Metcalf for many years and have been amazed at well it's maintained.  If I recall they also have programs which introduce young riders to the sport.  It's great to have such mentoring.

Metcalf is so close to me and my friends as well and we really enjoy more of the technical trails provided.  Don't get me wrong we like the tracks also, but something about crusing through the trees and being enveloped by mother nature seems to suit us better.

I hope to see Metcalf supported for years to come so generation after generation can enjoy such a great park. [Michael Zeminsky - 3/9/11]


Metcalf Motorcycle Park serves thousands of dirt bike riders every year and 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. [Alex Seyedi - 3/9/11]


I am writing today in support of the county's grant application to the state for additional funding.

Off highway motorcycle riding has been an enjoyable activity for me for some time now. Each year, I purchase a park pass primarily to visit the MC park (but also to take advantage of the many parks SCC has to offer). Needless to say, I visit as often as time permits and living in Santa Clara, the motorcycle park is a convenient 30 minute drive.

Our park has many advantages. It's well maintained because the staff have the tools and abilities to do the task. Trail maintenance is critical to the long term viability of the park and the viability of it's eco-system. In addition to the trails, the staff maintain the tracks at the park and maintenance of the tracks is important for the safety and enjoyment of all riders.

The staff at the park have been the key to success. The rangers all ride and relate to the public well. Whether it's posting trail conditions on days the park is open (or might be closed due because of the conditions), addressing potential problems with rider behavior, helping acquaint users with the park or spending time with younger riders teaching them about riding and about the park. The rangers and office staff contribute significantly to my enjoyment of the park.

The grant monies you receive make a lot what Metcalf Motorcycle Park and it's staff accomplish, possible. Without them, I imagine the park wouldn't be as safe and enjoyable as it is. [Ian Clements - 3/9/11]


I was just made aware of the open comment period related to the proposed grant for Metcalf Motorcycle Park and wanted to provide feedback.  As a long time resident of Santa Clara County, I have used the park for nearly 20 years.  It has evolved from just me, to the ability now to share the same enjoyment for off road riding with my kids.  This is not only related to riding, but also the ability to experience wildlife like Boars, numerous birds, snake and other reptiles up close.  My first hand experience at the park has always been positive and I have witnessed it as a great resource that serves thousands of dirt bike and ATV off road enthusiasts every year. The trails and tracks available allow riders from all skill levels to fully enjoy a day of riding, as I alluded to before it is where I taught both my boys to ride. This facility is very important to maintain, and the money from the grant provided by the state to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued preservation of the Park for both current, and future generation’s use. However, due to its popularity and usage regular maintenance is required for safe operation. Given the soil composition, erosion control is not only a material safety concern, but important environmental concern as well.  My interface with the Park Rangers and support staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park has always been positive and they appear to do a great job. But, without the money from the grant their efforts cannot continue as they are now. Please make sure Metcalf Motorcycle Park is represented as a deserving beneficiary of the 2011 OHV Grant. [Kirk Westbrook - 3/9/11]


As one of the most popular parks in the South Bay, Metcalf Motorcycle Park is a great facility that serves thousands of dirt bike and ATV off road enthusiasts every year. The trails and tracks available allow riders from all skill levels to fully enjoy a day of riding, Thursday through Monday, all year round. This facility is very important to maintain, and the money from the grant provided by the state to Metcalf is extremely important for the continued preservation of the Park for both current, and future generation’s use. Due to the popularity of Metcalf, weekly maintenance is required for safe operation. In addition, erosion control is also an important environmental and safety concern, as well as an effort to ensure sustainability for future OHV activity. The top notch Rangers and support staff at Metcalf Motorcycle Park do a magnificent job and the whole OHV community absolutely appreciates their continued dedication. But, without the money from the grant their efforts cannot continue. Please make sure Metcalf Motorcycle Park is represented as a deserving beneficiary of the 2011 OHV Grant. Thank you for your time. [Greg Smith - 3/8/11]


Metcalf Park is a county treasure. Metcalf Park is a destination, for many Santa Clara County families and for many people from beyond Santa Clara County.  There is a dedicated, professional staff that looks out for the park and the patrons.  Ranger Mike's efforts at educating patrons including the Jr. Ranger, MSF dirtbike school, nature tours, etc. are just a few examples.  The Rangers and support staff and many volunteers work to support and repair the facility for the use of the many patrons.  Having a destination like Metcalf is unique for a County Park.  I urge you to support Metcalf Park to enhance and expand the OHV opportunities for Santa Clara County families and beyond. [George Leavell - 3/8/11]


I’m writing to you today to let you know how important Metcalf Motorcycle Park has been to our family.  I am the father of 3 boys who have spent hundreds of hours at Metcalf over that last 10 years or so.  All three of my boys learned how to ride motorcycles there in a safe and family oriented environment.  The staff there is truly doing a wonderful job not only teaching the importance of safe riding at all times, but also focusing on the need to be responsible riders and respect the environment and habitat of the surrounding area.

Metcalf Motorcycle Park not only is one of the only few remaining areas to enjoy OHV riding, it also serves at a meeting point for many families with similar interest to meet and get to know each other while participating in a family fun sport we all enjoy.  There are few other parks where strangers feel comfortable enough to say “Hi” to complete strangers, with the only known common interest being riding.  We have met several families over the years that began with a “Can a borrow a tool” that have developed into long lasting friendships.

No other park that I’ve visited provides all this.  A family oriented place to meet where the staff not only provides guidance on  rider safety, but also emphasizes the environmental issues to give visitors a well rounded understanding of the area and the responsibilities that we all share in protecting this wonderful park.

The grant money is critical to maintain the level of maintenance and support for the area to continue to provide families with a safe and fun OHV experience.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. [Bob Nicholas - 3/8/11]


We, as a family, are one of the thousands of dirt bike riders that use, enjoy and grow at Metcalf Motorcycle Park. It is, indeed, 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 providing a safe environment for uesers, sure, but also for local wild life that NEVER comes second.

Daily maintenance of trails and tracks are required as well as erosion control. This complex and important task must be performed by the Rangers Park and staff. Their dedication is simply amazing: you should all come and appreciate by yourselves their job during some busy week ends. Money for this grant is without any doubt, a great investment for all the community. [Lorenzo Li Bassi - 3/8/11]


Please approve the grant applied by the Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park.  It is very important this park stays open for families to enjoy off road riding locally.  As you may know, our riding areas are under constant threat of closure do to bogus TMR rulings in our forests (the ruling thus far has been to mostly shut down or limit OHV in our forests), bogus environmental reasons like Clear Creek Management Area, and the budget crises which threatens to rob our green sticker OHV funds to help pay for the failing California State Park system (10 million was recently taken from the fund, and governor Brown wants to take another 21 million which could result in the closure of 8 state OHV parks. 

It is more important than ever to sustain the existing riding areas.  We pay for these riding areas through our green sticker registrations, so use that money for what it was intended for: maintain, sustain, and open up new OHV opportunities.

Spend some time at Santa Clara Motorcycle Park and you will see families recreating together.  I grew up riding with my dad, and I want to be able to ride with my young boys when they are old enough. [Ladd Johnson - 3/8/11]


Metcalf Motorcycle Park serves thousands of dirt bike riders every year and 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 - 3/8/11]