Bear Creek Stables

Overview | Maintenance and Repairs | Funding | Timeline | Email List

Project Overview

Located within Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Bear Creek Stables is a boarding and training facility for over 70 horses that has been in operation since the 1930s. Dr. Harry L. Tevis first developed the site in 1916 to accommodate his Tennessee walking horses on his extensive estate. Following the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s acquisition of the site in 1999, the stables have continued under lease with a tenant.

Midpen is keeping these century-old horse stables operational by completing capital maintenance and repairs that allow existing uses and public programs to continue. Our Bear Creek Stables site plan, approved in 2017, guides us in managing the stables to meet the following goals:

  • Emphasize protection of the site’s natural resources
  • Maximize public benefit
  • Develop a viable, financially feasible long-term plan

Midpen is also developing a request for proposals to manage the stables.

STABLE MANAGEMENT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Midpen is developing a Stable Management Request For Proposals (RFP). The RFP will help Midpen choose a partner to manage the century old Bear Creek Stables operation. The document is tentatively scheduled to be released in Summer of 2021.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this Stable management opportunity, please sign up below. You will be added to the communication list and notified when the District releases the RFP for bid.

Maintenance and Repairs

Planning and permitting are currently underway for capital maintenance and repair projects. These include:

  • Repairing existing structures including barns and arena
  • Replacing the caretaker’s cottage with a pre-fabricated residence
  • Replacing the public restroom, septic and leach field
  • Updating ADA parking, water system and driveway

Funding

At the April 8, 2020, public meeting, the Midpen board of directors committed an additional $1,223,000, for a total of $5,534,928, to implement the Bear Creek Stables project. A funding gap of approximately $5 million currently exists to implement the entire Bear Creek Stables site plan.

Previously, at the October 9, 2019, public meeting, the Midpen board voted to continue with capital maintenance and repairs within the approved budget, but not to pursue public-private fundraising for the additional resources that would be necessary to implement the entire 2017 Bear Creek Stables site plan. This decision was made due to rising costs and a high level of uncertainty for fundraising success. Opportunities remain for outside groups to fundraise for operational, programmatic and small-scale improvements in partnership with the Bear Creek Stables' operator.

Project Timeline

2015-2016

Public and environmental review process to create the Bear Creek Stables site plan

January 25, 2017

Public meeting: Bear Creek Stables site plan approved by Midpen’s board as part of the Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve Plan, along with a certified Environmental Impact Report.

2017

Preliminary planning reveals site constraints and challenges associated with implementing the Bear Creek Stables site plan. New cost estimates increase funding gap.

2018-2019

Coordination with Santa Clara County to clarify capital maintenance and repairs allowed under the stable’s existing legal nonconforming use.

April 25, 2019

Public meeting: Midpen’s board approves implementing capital maintenance and repairs within the approved project budget, while pursuing implementation of the entire Bear Creek Stables site plan in the long-term. Board report

Summer 2019

Planning and permitting for capital maintenance and repair projects begin.

October 9, 2019

Public meeting: Midpen’s board votes not to pursue public-private fundraising to raise the resources that would be needed to implement the entire 2017 Bear Creek Stables site plan. Board report

April 8, 2020

Public meeting: The Midpen board received an update on the Bear Creek Stables project and allocated $1.223M of the available Interest on Measure AA Bond Proceeds to close the known funding gap to implement capital maintenance and repairs. Board report

Summer 2020

Capital maintenance and repair construction plans 50% complete.

Spring 2021

Ongoing permitting coordination with the County of Santa Clara.

June 9, 2021

Public Meeting: The Midpen board of directors received an update on the Bear Creek Stables project and affirmed the Use Permit permitting approach to implement the project. Board report

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