March 2020 Election Measure D Fails, Keeping Public Park at San Geronimo On Track

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Marin County Bicycle Coalition has the ability to take positions on ballot measures. This March, MCBC joined several other environmental and community organizations in supporting San Geronimo for All (No on Measure D).

Marin voters rejected an attempt to reopen San Geronimo Valley Golf Course, clearing the path to continue planning for the the 157-acre property’s future as public land!

Marin County Bicycle Coalition supported San Geronimo For All (No on D), recognizing the property’s potential to deliver several exciting bicycling improvements, including 1) a safe route for schoolchildren travelling between Woodacre and Lagunitas School, 2) off-street pathways that will provide alternatives to busy Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Nicasio Valley Road, 3) improved bicycling connectivity between four adjacent open space preserves (Roy’s Redwoods, French Ranch, Maurice Thorner, and Giacomini), and 4) flat, safe pathways that will make this a prime destination for families and people new to biking.

“We are delighted that this extraordinary place, one of cultural, historical, and ecological significance, will be returned to the public where it belongs,” said MCBC Executive Director Tarrell Kullaway. “We look forward to working with Trust for Public Land and the community to envision our shared dreams for the space–one that allows children a safe path to bike and walk to school, restored creeks where fish once spawned, and a landscape for everyone to enjoy.”

As of March 4, with all precincts reporting, the measure stood to fail by a vote of 58-42 percent. Had the measure passed, the land and its new owner, Trust for Public Land (TPL), would have been left in a state of limbo; its passage would not have brought golf back, but would have prevented the property from being improved or used in other ways.

MCBC would like to acknowledge and thank our partners with San Geronimo for All for organizing a successful campaign!

next steps

Trust for Public Land has collected community feedback and expects to produce a visioning document sometime this Spring. MCBC will continue to participate and alert our supporters when there are opportunities to get involved.

If you would like to learn more and sign-up for TPL’s San Geronimo newsletter, head to their project website.

Visit the future park today!

The public is welcome to enjoy the property for passive recreation. Get out for a walk with family, friends or neighbors, ride your bike on the paths, or toss around a frisbee. Please respect the land, pick up your trash, and be courteous to other users. Please also note that parking is prohibited on Wild Iris Drive and Nicasio Road.

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