Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department
Metcalf Motorcycle Park is an extremely important OHV riding area for the greater Santa Clara County. It provides a valuable service to the county residents. The grants provided by the OHMVR is extremely important part of the the operations for Metcalf Motorcycle Park and I hope that the grants will be provided this year to ensure the proper operation of this park. [Andy Bajka - 3/10/13]
I would just like to let you know that Metcalf Motorcycle Park is an excellently maintained facility staffed by caring and considerate personnel who really make the park a great destination for both my children who are learning to ride and for experienced riders such as myself.
I like to come and ride here around 3~4 times per month and appreciate the regular trail maintenance without which the place would become unsafe to ride by newcomers such as my children, the assistance of Rangers when needed (enlisted their help on more than one occasion to recover stranded bikers) and the environmental care demonstrated by the Rangers.
Please consider Metcalf Motorcycle Park favorably in the upcoming OHMVR grant application review. Continued funding helps keep Metcalf the great destination that it is. [Ben Clarke - 3/10/13]
I support the grant application for funding metcaff ohv park. This valuable public resource deserves to be maintained with adequete funding. [Fuldog - 3/10/13]
I'm father of 2 young daughters (10 and 13) and we enjoy Metcalf park on a weekly basis since 2006.
For us is critical to have a safe environment where dirt riding can be practice with fun, interest and respect of nature. this is accomplished by Rangers, helpers and the whole county who support this little and unique park. Can it be better? Of course it can, but the hard work and dedication of all the staff with the few resources given, is quite an example for the whole community, of money well invested.
You should come and see by yourself one of these week ends. So...Please, reward their job and our passion in providing Metcalf enough resource to sustain and, maybe, improve the many structural deficiencies that can't be fixed now.
Thank you very much in advance for taking this into consideration. [Electra, Marta, Lorenzo Li Bassi - 3/10/13]
I really enjoy riding at Metcalf County Motorcycle Park. I especially enjoy riding the black diamond trails and the tracks. Both the trails and tracks need to be maintained so that the riders are travelling on a narrower path. What happens is if a trail has a lot of whoops, most riders will travel to the outside of the trail where there the trail is less bumpy. This also makes the trail wider. A little maintenance every couple of months can reduce the whoops and keep riders in the center of the trail keeping the trail narrower and allowing the native plants to grow along the sides of the trail reducing erosion.
I probably get out to Metcalf 6 or 10 times a year mostly in the fall/winter/spring before it gets too hot to ride effectively. It is important to keep open this county resource allowing riders to travel much shorter distances to ride reducing pollution, traffic, and green house gasses. [Jack Schoenduve - 3/10/13]
I just wanted to email you to let you know that our family rides at Metcalf Motorcycle park regularly, and that we would like you to consider granting the park the funding they need to stay open and function properly. Off-roading is very important to our family, it's the one thing we do together and we love it. Please continue to support our local riding area. thank you! [The Schmidt Family - 3/11/13]
Metcalf Motorcycle Park is an important OHV recreation area for both Santa Clara County and California residents. I fully support the grants provided by the OHMVR and would like to see Metcalf Motorcycle Park receive these very much needed funds to ensure the continued operation at this park. As a visitor of the past twelve years I value this facility very much, and I am not alone. On any weekend you can see the packed parking lot!
The resources (funds for staff, rangers, and equipment, ect.) the county and state provide to this park so that participants can safely enjoy (medically trained staff, proper leadership, environmentally conscious to preserve the park, ect.) this great facility for years to come should be continued, and or increased. Too many short sighted, and deceptive cuts have been made to the OHV community and it's recreational facilities. Metcalf has potential to be a model county park, but without grants like these that greatness cannot be realized. Please show the park and the community that you believe in responsible OHV recreation by approving this grant. [Greg Smith - 3/11/13]
Just want to say a couple things on behalf of Metcalf. My family has been enjoying Metcalf OHV Park for many years, and it needs support to continue to be safe place for my children to ride. the trails need constant maintenance, we volunteer but that is not enough, please help support this important Bond for the county of Santa Clara community for safe and fun times for many many familys. [Jim Moreland - 3/11/13]
I am writing this letter in support of Metcalf Motorcycle County Park in it's request for grant funds. My family and I regularly ride at Metcalf because it is close, very well maintained, and the staff are the friendliest and most knowledgeable of any park rangers I have come across. My son, who is 7, always likes to talk with the rangers at the station about the various wildlife on display, and they always answer every question. The tracks and trails are always in great shape it seems, no doubt because of the hard work of staff. One of our favorite places to go, I would encourage you to support this park with whatever means are at your disposal. [Edward Lloyd - 3/12/13]
Metcalf Motorcycle Park is a very important OHV riding area for Santa Clara County residents. I support the grants provided by the OHMVR and would like to see Metcalf Motorcycle Park receive these very much needed funds to ensure the best operation at this park. I ride at Metcalf Motorcycle Park about 2x a month. [Steve Baum - 3/13/13]
Metcalf Motorcycle Park is a very important OHV riding area for Santa Clara County residents. I support the grants provided by the OHMVR and would like to see Metcalf Motorcycle Park receive these very much needed funds to ensure the best operation at this park. I enjoy riding at this park with friends and look forward to doing so for years to come. [Bill Abel - 3/13/13]
I've been an annual pass holder for Metcalf Motorcycle Park for the past five years or so and both my sons cut their offroad riding teeth at this park.
It's an extremely valuable local resource and one we should definitely continue to invest in.
I enjoy all aspects of the park, racing MX and Hare Scrambles whenever they're hosted at Metcalf and threading my way through the singletrack whenever I visit for casual riding.
I would like to see more 'linking' of trails to allow trails to flow into eachother so riders can stay in the singletrack more easily. For example I'd like to see a return from the top of The Fingers to Valley View trail to allow looping back without having to go around through the parking lot and from the end of Jays into the lowest loop of Snake trail to those two trails can be easily connected together.
These are just ideas, not complaints. It's a great park and the team looking after it work wonders with such a small space. [Andrew Lesslie - 3/14/13]
I support the Metcalf Motorcycle Park for it's convenient location and OHV riding area, allowing off road motorcycle enthusiasts a place to ride in the south bay. I would like for the park to receive the much needed funds from the grants provided by the OHMVR to continue and ensure the best operation of the park. [Brian Cappa - 3/14/13]
I would like to voice support for the Metcalf motorcycle park in Santa Clara County. I could not review the grant application as the website errored out when I tried to search for Metcalf. However, in my opinion, Metcalf is the best managed & safest motorcycle park I have ever ridden at. [Alan Nilsson - 3/14/13]
Please fund this important park. I have been many places in my 40 plus years of dirtbike riding and though small, Metcalf is really great.
I have been riding there since it opened in the seventies, and enjoy it now more than ever. I must say a lot of other people are enjoying it too, as the parking lot is packed. And despite the crowds, the trails and not congested, and I rarely see injuries. The single track trails are challenging and entertaining, and frankly, a great workout.
The popularity of the park, the visitorship and the lack of incidents are a tribute to what a great job the rangers are doing. Combined with their understanding of how properly laid out and maintained trail actually helps erosion control, the rangers are doing an outstanding job.
I go there two or three times a month. I am going there today. [Gus Meyner - 3/18/13]
Metcalf Motorcycle Park is a very important OHV riding area for Santa Clara/Santa Cruz County residents. I support the grants provided by the OHMVR and would like to see Metcalf Motorcycle Park receive these very much needed funds to ensure the best operation at this park. [Ladd Johnson - 3/20/13]
Metcalf Motorcycle Park is a very important OHV riding area for Santa Clara County residents, myself included. I support the grants provided by the OHMVR and would like to see Metcalf Motorcycle Park receive these very much needed funds to ensure the best operation at this park. I will add more information below as to why I believe this.
I moved to the bay area 2 years ago, but only found out about Metcalf last fall. Since the weather warmed up, I have been 6 times in the past 2 months. I plan to continue visiting frequently. The location is close enough to Cupertino (20 minutes for me) that I can make a half day trip in the afternoon during the week, or ride for a full day on the weekend. We do have Carnegie and Hollister Hills within an hour drive, but I can't make it there after work and still have enough time to ride. Metcalf also stands out for me because of the trails. There are several "black diamond" trails that I enjoy the challenging layout. They are a good workout and entertaining when riding with a group of friends.
I thoroughly enjoy the trails and terrain Metcalf has to offer. I like speaking with the rangers about trail closures, maintenance, and their thoughts for possible future trails.
On Saturday mornings the parking lot is nearly full. Sunday mornings the parking lot is often completely full, especially with the recent rain and warm weather. I really enjoy seeing so many people out, as well as riding with others. The trails are not congested, and I have not seen any injuries in my times there. I enjoy seeing many little kids just learning to ride, riding around the designated area and beginner loop for them.
Compared to some of the larger parks such as Hollister Hills or Hungry Valley I have been impressed by the frequent trail maintenance. Train maintenance is very important, especially in a smaller park such as Metcalf. If the maintenance is not performed frequently trail conditions can degrade affecting safety as well as overall riding enjoyment. If not maintained the trails can also start to widen and erode, possibly damaging the surrounding environment. Erosion control is important, especially with the varying grades of terrain at Metcalf.
The Rangers do a great job of enforcing rules and keeping the grounds safe. Without active Rangers people can break the rules in the parking lot as well as on the trails. While I have not needed assistance yet, I have also seen them help tow bikes back to the parking lot. The lack of incidents and popularity of the park are a testament to their work. Thank you for your time and reading. [Mike Brickner - 3/21/13]
I ride at Metcalf MCP typically twice a week, nearly year round. I have purchased an annual pass for at least the last ten years, and have been riding there (except for the closure period) since the 1970’s. My close group of friends includes 6 others who ride there at least once a week, and sometimes more. The park is well maintained and the staff are attentive to all of our needs. Our group mostly rides no the MX track, and we particularly appreciate the regular weekly maintenance that includes plowing, track upgrades, mulch and a well maintained water system. Because the track is comprised of clay, it needs regular plowing and addition of sand or mulch. The only issue we have is that many of the rangers are not certified to drive the equipment used to rip the track.
Please let me know if there is any way I can somehow help to secure funding for the MCP, including letter writing, or attending meetings. My cell number is below, or I can be reached at this email address. This park is my main source of recreation and I and my friends value it very highly. [Mike Ospring - 3/21/13]
First LE: This is a small park in terms of size, although it serves largely an urban population and young riders. Two new motorcycles for a park of this size (replacing a 2003 and 2005 model respectively) is excessive. Just considering the size of the park, the older units cannot possibly have huge numbers of hours on them and maintenance is not nearly as costly as two new motorcycles. This seems like a case of, "it can't hurt to ask".
Otherwise both of these requests seem reasonable. The park has a wonderful reputation for working with it's users. This is valuable to the OHV recreation community. [Diana Mead, CORVA N. Director - 3/25/13]
I'm writing this to urge you to provide Metcalf Motorcycle Park the funding that it needs.
I've been riding Metcalf for almost 10 years now, I truly love the place. This is a top notch riding spot managed by a top notch staff! Although small in size for a motorcycle park, the amount of varying terrain provides some fantastic riding opportunities literally minutes from a dense urban environment. That is truly fantastic! I ride the park 2-3 times a month and will be riding there tomorrow. The place is packed on the weekends, with some folks driving many hours to enjoy time on the trails and tracks.
One of the things that makes Metcalf so unique is that it can be a great place for families to get together and have some fun while still providing trails that challenge experienced riders. Every time I go there I'll see children learning the basics from mom and dad in the novice circle area. Meanwhile others rip around on the motocross track as veteran trail riders go off to the single track to hone their skills on some of the tight twisty stuff. This is all from the same parking lot...awesome!
I've ridden all over the state of California, from the SVRAs to BLM and National Forest areas. Out of all of those places, Metcalf sets the bar for good management. They are light years ahead in erosion control and trail maintenance, the park always looks and rides great. They know how to balance fun and access with environmental responsibility and safety. The other land management agencies could learn a thing or two from them!
Please make sure this unique, treasure of a park has the means to keep operating! [Evan Zappel - 3/29/13]
Please accept this note in support of funding for Metcalf Motorcycle Park. My family and I frequent the park. It is relatively close to home and family friendly. My 12-year son could spend all day at the MX track and I love just riding around and enjoying the beauty of the area -- and yes, beauty and dirt biking can go hand-in-hand, especially if the park is well maintained. We need funding for that maintenance. We also need funding for the rangers. They are one of the reasons the park is so enjoyable. We can completely relax knowing the rangers are there in case anything goes wrong. Just Saturday I was there with my son and a ranger boxed a rattlesnake that was just a few feet from the picnic benches by the MX track.
We love the park and these are just a few words in favor of it. [The Rico Family - 3/31/13]
I would like Metcalf Motorycle County Park to consider applying for and using Grant funds for the following projects
1- replacement of the park's motorcycles as necessary. These are crucial tools for accessing the singletrack areas of the park and must be capable and reliable for park users and rangers safety
2- create a single track link trails between the upper section of The Fingers and the top of Valley View trail. This will allow single track riders to stay in the single track and not have to loop back through the parking lot to re-enter the single track network after exiting The Fingers. Create a link between the exit of Jay Trail and the lower loop of Snake trail. This would also enhance the single track network.
3- improve the soil quality of the main MX track by adding vegetable material or other soil modifiers to promote moisture retention and traction. This could include the bulk purchase or suitable material, the labor time for equipment operatiors and the maintenance and or rental of equipment needed to distribute material and combine it with the existing soil.
4- consider adding automatic sprinklers to some sections of the MX track.
The track has water already and sprinklers would allow the track to be maintained in better condition and build upon the improvements in item 3 above. [Andrew Lesslie - 4/1/13]
My family and I enjoy Metcalf motorcycle park very much, it’s a valuable part of our local community. I try to ride at least once a week depending on my schedule. The programs conducted by the Rangers (i.e. Jr Rangers Program) are well received by the community, and need to continue to help educate young riders and patrons. I have learned many things about our environment and the challenges OHV faces by going to Metcalf and talking with friends and staff.
I have been going to Metcalf since 2008 when I bought my 1st dirt bike. I purchase a park pass ever year and we enjoy visiting all the county parks. I use my time at the park for relaxation and and talking with the Rangers to learn about the latest news and concerns. I also enjoy the beauty of the park and all the wildlife and use it for nature photography quite often. My young son now wants to learn how to ride, and we will be using Metcalf as his training grounds.
Please see that Metcalf gets its requested funding to continue to do great work for all of us. [Joel Stuckey - 4/1/13]
I wish there were more places like Metcalf motorcycle park. It would be nice to see something like this in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties as well.
I support any available funding that Metcalf can get. Off highway motorcycling is a great recreational activity and it's nice to have something so conveniently close to home. [Gary Donner - 4/1/12]
I just wanted to let you know how important this park is to the local community, myself and now my 4 year old son. I have ridden Metcalf since 2005 almost monthly, if not weekly. It is a great escape from the hectic bay area lifestyle and super close. My son now age 4 is riding a PW50 w/o training wheels and is eager to explore the trails. I hope the park continues to stay open as my newest son (age 6months), will surely enjoy the same experiences that my 4 year old and I are building at this wonderful establishment today. Please do what is in your power to see that this park receives its fair share. [Patrick Norris - 4/1/13]
I wanted to write about how important Metcalf is to Santa Clara County residents and visitors. One issue is with the businesses that cater to dirt bike riders. These businesses are in business to sell parts and accessories plus motorcycles to users. Every business that stays in business selling items to visitors is that much more in sales tax into the entire community. The growth of dirt biking, ATV's and UTV's has seen a substantial increase in the last decade. Over 14% of all California residents own off-Road vehicles and ride at parks like Metcalf. The local restaurants and fast food places always seem to have trucks and vehicles with bikes on trailers or in the back. Keeping more money for trails, law enforcement, staffing and hopefully more area to purchase is just a great idea all-around Metcalf is a wise decision.
For a family to be able to get out to Metcalf and ride for an entire day for $5 this is fantastic. Families can get out and ride with their friends and fellow riders all over the trails art Metcalf. The ease and closeness of this park for so many is wonderful. You can easily drive to the park, ride motorcycles after school and get home before it is dark. Special bonds grow between families that exercise, recreate and help each other such as happens when dirt riding.
One of the goals of Metcalf and the Santa Clara County Parks Department needs to be to purchase the UTC property to expand Metcalf and have the newer area open to camping and other activities along with dirt bike trails. So many come to ride Metcalf on a daily basis that the park can fill up especially on the weekend. Where else can you see wild animals and such beautiful scenery so close to so many people?
Please realize what a gem of a park Metcalf is and make sure to send as much OHV funds as we can. With Clear Creek closed and the Hollister BLM again not asking for money all monies that would have been sent to CCMA should instead be divided between Hollister Hills and Metcalf Park.
The best Junior Ranger program is located at MEtcalf and this is such a wonderful idea and needs to expand to all other riding areas in California.
Thank You for providing a wonderful activity area for me to take my daughters and to have a safe and beautiful park and staff to work with the public. [Dee Murphy - 4/1/13]
GRANT #G12-03-19-LO1 SANTA CLARA COUNTY PARKS & REC / OHV Law Enforcement
DISTRICT 36 SUPPORTS THIS GRANT FOR FUNDING IN FULL. “Metcalf Cycle Park” has shown over the years a quality facility, maintained, and deserving of continued support.
This Grant, is important to the recreationists in the area, an alternative to the crowded State SVRA nearby, and continues to offer opportunity since the closure of Clear Creek Recreation Area, due to questionable EPA scientific based information supplied to the BLM, which in turned closed down this 70 year old riding area.
This facility has a track record of education versus citation. This education brings our young folks to respect LE activities, but of course serious issues are also dealt with appropriately. Of primary concern is quick medical response when needed. As for Special Events, a Special Use Permit Fee is required. LE costs, if charged separately, should be looked upon not as an additional charge, but PART OF this Grant application. As every participant MUST have CVC mandated registration, then their licensing and fuel taxes are what is funding this Grant. Please review this for the future, because ALL users, racer or play rider, pays this fee.
D36 Club TimeKeepers MC utilizes this facility for specific D36 and AMA Chartered special events. It is a popular venue for the off road series within District 36. Again, D36 supports this grant at the funding level requested. [David Pickett - 4/1/13]
GRANT #G12-03-19-GO1 SANTA CLARA COUNTY PARKS & REC / OHV GROUND OPERATIONS
DISTRICT 36 SUPPORTS THIS GRANT FOR FUNDING IN FULL. SCCPARD – Thru “Metcalf Cycle Park” has shown over the years a quality facility, maintained, and deserving of continued support. This Grant, is important to the recreationists in the area, an alternative to the crowded State SVRA nearby, and continues to offer opportunity since the closure of Clear Creek Recreation Area, due to questionable EPA scientific based information supplied to the BLM, which in turned closed down this 70 year old riding area.
Additional Comments regarding this grants more as educational, or with comments of minor concern: Insurance for liability within grant. D36 would assume that Santa Clara County partners with other cities or counties within an insurance pool, or is self-insured along same lines. I would rather see scarce monetary resources used for ‘on the ground” purposes rather than insurance premiums. Perhaps Santa Clara County OHV In-Lieu funds could be used to offset this expense.
Equipment Purchases. MC – Honda. At first glance at the cost, I speculated it was a high price, but then assumed additional equipment was install for protection/longevity – thus longer service life. In the future, identify specific equipment such a skid plates, hand guards, LE lamping, etc.
D36 Club TimeKeepers MC utilizes this facility for specific D36 and AMA Chartered special events. It is a popular venue for the off road series within District 36. Again, D36 supports this grant at the funding level requested. This facility offers a great combination of opportunity, and has many supporters that offer their services, and volunteers from the community offer the “volunteer spirit” that many other facilities do not. [David Pickett - 4/1/13]