Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the open space preserve was new, when in fact the parking facilities and restrooms were new.
Hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers looking for outdoor spaces to enjoy may want to try the El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve on the western side of Skyline Boulevard bordering Woodside. At the entrance are a new bike rack, two new restrooms, and 69 new vehicle parking spaces, including four designed for equestrians to unload and load horses.
The preserve is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and a celebration of new parking spaces and facilities is set for 11 a.m. Sunday, March 23, at the preserve's entrance on Skyline Boulevard 2.7 miles north of La Honda Road (Highway 84). Expected at the ceremony are state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, who represents District 3, home to the preserve.
The El Corte de Madera preserve includes 36 miles of trails, old-growth and second-growth redwood forests, and rare formations of sandstone, according to an MROSD statement. There are connecting trails to the Sierra Morena mountain bike trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail a trail now 340 miles long and intended to allow circumnavigation of the San Francisco Bay Area on foot.
The ridge trail is overseen by a nonprofit of the same name, which helped fund this $800,000 project along with the California Coastal Conservancy and state parks. MROSD, funded by property tax revenues in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, paid about half the cost of the new preserve.
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