The latest news and information about the District and Preserves.

Volunteer Ombudsperson

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is seeking a Volunteer Ombudsperson to assist the District in maintaining positive relations with our residents and neighbors. The Ombudsperson follows up on resident and neighbor inquiries or complaints to attempt and resolve misunderstandings or conflicts that have not been resolved satisfactorily by District staff. While the Ombudsperson role is an important one for the District and our constituents, most issues are satisfactorily resolved before escalating to the Ombudsperson.  Per past experience, this position is generally consulted on only a few times a year. 

Applications will be accepted through October 14, 2016 for a one-year term. The Ombudsperson will be appointed by the Board of Directors.

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OWL Viewer

Saturday, September 17, 2016 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Coyote Point Recreation Area
San Mateo, CA

Join Midpen staff and docents to take a virtual reality tour of sea level change though innovative OWL viewfinders that are part of the Look Ahead—San Mateo project produced by Climate Access and a project of the Sea Change SMC program.

See first-hand what a rising sea level could look like, how the county is responding, and ideas for responding to more dramatic sea level rise in the future.

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What's happening in the preserves this fall?

Read all about it in our monthly e-newsletter.

Mount Umunhum Road Closure

Another Measure AA Project in Progress

We are working to improve the road and summit of Mount Umunhum so that we can open it to the public. Our goal is to have the summit open to the public by Summer 2017.

In the interest of public and contractor safety, the following closures will occur.

Weekdays, beginning Monday, September 12th

Mt. Umunhum Road will be closed from Jacques Ridge parking lot to the summit. Only local vehicle traffic, contractors, and approved District staff will be permitted past Jacques Ridge parking lot.  Other vehicle traffic along with bicyclists, equestrians, and hikers will not be permitted on the road Monday through Friday for the duration of the project (estimated to finish in Summer 2017). The Jacques Ridge parking lot will continue to be open during regular preserve hours.

Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)

Mt. Umunhum Road will be open for all uses up to the Bald Mountain Parking Area only.  Only local vehicle traffic will be allowed past this point. Bicycles, equestrians and hikers will not be allowed on the portion of the road above the Bald Mountain Parking Area at any time.

Additional Trail Closure

Barlow Road (trail) will be closed between Woods Trail (part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail) and Mt. Umunhum Road for the duration of construction on both weekdays and weekends.

Please note: residents and visitors can expect increased construction traffic along Hicks Road, Alamitos Road and Almaden Road.  For public safety, the District also reserves the right to close Mt. Umunhum Road at any time without prior notice.

We thank you for your patience during this time. We are targeting the completion of construction by Summer 2017. This information will be updated as the project progresses. There will also be a phone hotline with updated information. This hotline may be reached by calling 650-691-2154.

Public Meetings

To better serve our constituents, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District would like your input on the scheduling of public meetings taking place in your neighborhood to provide information about upcoming projects.

This short survey should only take 1 - 2 minutes to complete.

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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District receives AAA Rating, will begin issuing Green Bonds

On August 18, 2016, the credit rating agencies of both Fitch Ratings, Inc. and Standard and Poor’s assigned to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (District) a AAA rating, the highest available rating for financial performance.

The District’s strong management, financial position, and growing tax base are reflected in the District's recent credit ratings. In addition, the District Board of Directors voted to refinance current bonds at a lower interest rate estimated to save approximately $15 million. The Board also voted to issue the refinancing bonds as Green Bonds, which support environmentally-beneficial purposes, and to offer these bonds to individual retail investors and institutional investors through Morgan Stanley as the underwriter.

“This is a very exciting project,” stated General Manager Steve Abbors. “We’re saving the taxpayers approximately $15 million in future payments, paying bonds off three years early, issuing Green Bonds for the first time, tapping into the retail market for the first time, and we’re rated AAA.” 

The District’s Green Bonds are expected to sell during the week of September 5, 2016. More information on the Green Bonds can be found here.

This is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Green Bonds which can only be sold by the underwriters pursuant to an Official Statement of the District when available from the underwriter.

Midpen Store

The Midpen online store is now open, offering a selection of logowear and accessories. Show your love for Open Space while you're out on the trails and explore the preserves in style!

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Now Hiring

Join our passionate, talented and dynamic team as we work collaboratively towards our vision.  We are currently accepting applications for multiple positions

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Ravenswood Bay Trail Project

The Ravenswood Bay Trail will complete a 0.6 mile critical missing gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail on the San Francisco Peninsula, between the existing Bay Trail along University Avenue and the existing unpaved multi-purpose trail in the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve and the City of East Palo Alto’s Cooley Landing.  Completing this trail gap will open up 80 miles of continuous Bay Trail connecting to Menlo Park to the north, Mt. View/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara to the south and across the Dumbarton Bridge to the East Bay.  The San Francisco Bay Trail is a planned 500 mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay through all nine Bay Area counties and 47 cities.

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