Dozens of mountain bike riders and community supporters came to the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s monthly directors’ meeting to detail a plan that would link El Dorado Hills Boulevard to Promontory Village via a dirt trail and bike skills loop.
El Dorado Hills resident and founder of EDH Trails Mike O’Neil led the presentation by saying their mission is to improve the trail network. “Make them more and make them better,” he said. “We have a very active community … but so many of our trails people don’t know about. The No. 1 issue people have is they aren’t connected.”
EDH Trails wants to link El Dorado Hills’ trail network and said they’ve chosen CSD-owned open space, which is also a power corridor, extending from El Dorado Hills Boulevard across Stephen J. Harris Park to Promontory Village as its first project.
The project would be called the Village Connector Trail & Cross-Country Skills Loop.
In phase one they’d build an 18-inch wide, one-mile long dirt trail connecting El Dorado Hills Blvd to Promontory Village. During the second phase they’d build a one-half mile cross-country style loop with skills progression. “Everyone from my 3-year-old son on his strider bike to me could ride it,” said O’Neil of optional progression features.
With volunteers the project could be done with hand tools and would likely cost in the single digits, said O’Neil, and the community has already stepped in to show their support. “It’s a simple project and we can do this with volunteers,” he said.
The following organizations and businesses were at the meeting to show support: Gold Country Run + Sport, Bicycle GUYS, Cycling Development, Team Revolutions, FATRAC, Hammerin’ Wheels Bike Club and Mraz Brewing Company.
The next step is to develop a more detailed, written plan to present to directors. By the end of the presentation the directors agreed to sit down and develop an action plan with O’Neil, though Tony Rogozinski reminded O’Neil to “manage expectations” as they have many other projects on their to-do list as well.