The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District broke ground on a project on Tuesday that will make La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve accessible to visitors. Officials expect to open a portion of the preserve that includes six miles of trails to the public as early as November.
“This is really exciting. It’s part of a long-term plan … to eventually open all of La Honda Creek to the public,” said Cydney Bieber, spokeswoman for MROSD. “That starts with this.”
Digging in to provide a parking lot at a trailhead north of La Honda Elementary School marked the start of a 30-year plan that will lead to trails throughout the preserve and connect to others in the region. There will also be public restrooms, interpretive signage and permitted equestrian parking at Driscoll Ranch with equestrian access.
One thing that makes this area special is that it will not just serve as an area for recreation, but it will also continue to operate as farmland.
“When you’re hiking among the trails, you may be hiking among the cattle,” Bieber said.
She added that this is more important than ever as ranchers find it increasingly difficult to find land and sustain their livelihood.
“It’s really important to us to have that dual use … It’s part of the history of the area,” she said.
There are also ecological benefits. Allowing the livestock to continue to graze helps with land fuel management that maintains safety in case of fire.
“You can connect (the area) for natural wildlife, the public and this use,” Bieber said.