La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve

Project Goals | Committee MeetingsMembers 

The La Honda Public Access Working Group worked with Midpen staff on the La Honda Parking and Trailhead Access Feasibility Study to:

  • Consider and evaluate parking location/trailhead access options that meet the Board-approved project goals and objectives
  • Make suggestions to the Midpen project team
  • Provide feedback to Midpen's planning and natural resources board committee, which makes recommendations to Midpen's full board of directors for final decisions informed by input from both the Working Group and board committee. 

Group Recomendations

The Working Group presented its findings at a public meeting on October 21, 2020. The group concluded one site cannot meet all of the project goals and recommended a portfolio of sites be considered. These findings were approved by the board of directors. Staff will now study the feasibility of each recommended site before beginning a required environmental review process.

  • Sites B2 or B3 – Sears Ranch Road Lot: Parking for equestrian trailers and future expansion for additional vehicles (size to be determined by physical and other constraints) when use of existing lot exceeds its capacity
  • Sites C1 or C2 – Sears Ranch Road Interior: Picnic, family-friendly, equestrian-serving and interpretive amenities (type, location, and quantity to be determined during feasibility study phase)
  • Site D – Preserve Gate LH07: A small parking lot (size to be determined by physical and other constraints during feasibility study phase) with trailhead access and restroom facilities
  • Site E3 – Red Barn White Shed Area: A small parking lot (size to be determined by physical and other constraints), with limited access (specific constraints to be determined during feasibility study phase; potential options include permit only/docent-led only conditions)

map highlighting PAWG recommended areas

La Honda Parking and Trailhead Access Feasibility Study Goals

  • Establish new public access in the central portion of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve
  • Design elements to reflect the rural character of the site and the Red Barn
  • Provide safe public access
  • Balance public access with grazing activities
  • Include amenities that facilitate environmental education
  • Protect scenic views of and from the site

Committee Meetings

Meeting agendas and materials are posted a minimum of 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Date Meeting Information
Aug. 22, 2019 La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting
Meeting Summary - August 22, 2019
Sept. 12, 2019
6:30-9:30 p.m.
La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting
Meeting Summary - September 12, 2019
Oct. 19, 2019
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting - TOUR
Meeting Summary - October 19, 2019
Nov. 16, 2019
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting - TOUR
Meeting Summary - November 16, 2019
Dec. 12, 2019
6:30-9:30 p.m.
La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting
Meeting Summary - December 12, 2019
Midpen Office
Feb. 6, 2020
6:30-9:30 p.m.
La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting
Meeting Summary - February 6, 2020
La Honda Elementary
Mar. 5, 2020
6:30-9:30 p.m.
La Honda Public Access Working Group Meeting
Midpen Office
Jul. 28, 2020
1 - 4 p.m.
Midpen Planning and Natural Resources Committee (PNR)
Virtual meeting
October 21, 2020
5 p.m.
Midpen Board of Directors Meeting 
Virtual meeting

Working Group Members

The Working Group was comprised of:

Members Representation and Appointment
Board Directors
Larry Hassett, Ward 6
Curt Riffle, Ward 4
-Represent policy interests of the Board.
-Appointed by the Board President. Excludes Directors currently serving on PNR.
La Honda area community representatives
Ari Delay
Karl Lusebrink
Kathleen Moazed
-Represent local community interests and local perspectives.
-Ideally reside in the Town of La Honda or in relative proximity to the Preserve or the Highway 84 corridor  (see map).
-Recruited through an application process. Selected and appointed by the full Board on June 26, 2019.
Ward 6 stakeholders
Lou Bordi
Barbara Hooper
-Represent more localized Ward 6 interests and perspectives.
-Appointed by the Director of Ward 6.
Ward Stakeholders
Melany Moore: Ward 1
Art Heinrich: Ward 2
Willie Wool: Ward 3
Sandy Sommer: Ward 4
Andie Reed: Ward 5
Denise Phillips: Ward 7
-Represent the regional interests and perspectives of each Ward. May be residents of the ward and/or represent regional stakeholder interests (e.g. hiking, bicycling, or equestrian uses, and/or education, conservation, recreation, agriculture, or multi-generational access).
-One stakeholder appointed by each Director of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7.

Return to the La Honda Creek Master Plan page for project updates and to join the preserve e-mail list.