Felton Meadow Project Moves Forward

Envision a place in Felton with a community garden, a ropes course and a mountain bike course, and a classroom where after-school programs would be held.

That’s the proposal from Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center for the 12 acre meadow next to the Felton Faire Shopping Center.

The meadow would become an outdoor recreational/educational center open to the local public as well as guests of Mount Hermon.

The Santa Cruz County Planning Commission heard an outline of the proposal earlier this month, but continued consideration so that more environmental assessment could be done in regard to water impacts. The proposal will be back before the Planning Commission either later this fall or early next year.

The “Velocity” bike park has been the most talked about aspect of the Felton Meadow proposal, which is understandable given the enthusiasm of the large bike community. The bike park would include pump tracks (sculpted piles of dirt that riders use gravity to move through); downhill bike trails, and a “magic carpet” (like a moving airport walkway) ferrying bike riders to the top of the trails. A mountain bike course would be the first of its kind in Santa Cruz County.

I plan to hold an evening Town Hall meeting to discuss the Felton Meadow proposal before the matter returns to the Planning Commission. Please watch for a notices of the meeting and plan to attend if you’re interested in hearing more about this proposal.