Bear Creek Stables / photo by Midpen staff

Bear Creek Stables

Bear Creek Stables / photo by Midpen staff

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 stable has continued under lease with a tenant.

Midpen is keeping the century-old horse stable operational by completing capital maintenance and repairs that allow existing uses and public programs to continue. Planning and permitting are currently underway for capital maintenance and repair projects. These include:

  • Repairing existing structures
  • 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
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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 early 2022.  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.

Goals and Objectives

The Bear Creek Stables Site Plan, approved in 2017, guides Midpen in managing the stable to meet the following goals:

  • Maximize public benefits of Bear Creek Stables by broadening public access and use of the facility, consistent with the lease agreement
    • Formalize and expand public access within the stable lease area, while ensuring the safety of horses, equestrians, and the general public visiting the site
    • Design and construct new infrastructure for public programs and repair or replace needed infrastructure for at the boarding facility
    • Designate trail connections from the stable to the rest of the preserve
  • Emphasize the protection of the natural resources at Bear Creek Stables
    • Maintain and manage roads and stable facilities to reduce erosion
    • Follow design guidelines and use best management practices when implementing all stable facilities improvements
    • Limit access to erosion-prone and sensitive habitat areas
  • Develop a viable plan that is financially feasible for both a tenant and Midpen
    • Establish a long-term lease
    • Balance Midpen’s mission with potential improvements and programs

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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.

Timeline

July 14, 2021Public Meeting: The Midpen board of directors received a presentation on the process for selecting a long-term Bear Creek Stables operator. Both the board and members of the public provided input on the proposed operational requirements and operator selection criteria.
Agenda report
June 9, 2021Public 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.
Agenda report
Spring 2021Ongoing permitting coordination with the County of Santa Clara.
Summer 2020Capital maintenance and repair construction plans 50% complete.
April 8, 2020Public 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.
Agenda report
October 9, 2019Public 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.
Agenda report
Summer 2019Planning and permitting for capital maintenance and repair projects begin.
April 25, 2019Public 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.
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2018-2019Coordination with Santa Clara County to clarify capital maintenance and repairs allowed under the stable’s existing legal nonconforming use.
2017Preliminary planning reveals site constraints and challenges associated with implementing the Bear Creek Stables Site Plan. New cost estimates increase funding gap.
January 25, 2017Public 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.
July 6, 2016Public Meeting: Midpen's board selected the preferred site plan alternative, which was incorporated into the Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve Plan.
Agenda report
February 24, 2016Public Meeting: Midpen's board reviewed two site design alternatives for the Bear Creek Stables and directed the General Manager to develop three additional site design alternatives to address the high, upfront capital costs for the proposed improvements.
Agenda report
2015-2016Public and environmental review process to create the Bear Creek Stables Site Plan