Parks officials and community members gathered Thursday in Bodega Bay to open the newest segment of a larger pedestrian and bicycle route planned for the coastal village. The path dedicated by Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and others is a .47-mile connection between the Bodega Dunes campground and the Bodega Bay Community Center and Children’s Bell Tower.
Referred to as the Coastal Prairie segment, the path features an aggregate surface, 320 feet of boardwalk over sensitive wetlands, and improved accessibility to the Community Center and Bell Tower. The segment is part of the long-term Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail project, which will give residents and tourists a safe and scenic alternative for traveling Highway 1 between Salmon Creek to Doran Beach. The larger project will include 3.4 miles of bike and pedestrian path - including a boardwalk with access to shops and restaurants along Bodega Harbor - and 4 miles of bike lanes along Highway 1. Secondary bike and pedestrian routes will connect to nearby parks and marinas.
The recently completed trail segment cost approximately $425,000 to build and was funded by Regional Parks, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Future segments of the Bodega Bay Trail project will be constructed as funding becomes available. Funding is currently being sought to extend the Coastal Prairie Trail .63-miles north from the Bodega Dunes driveway to Keefe Avenue, improving access to the Salmon Creek neighborhood and South Salmon Creek Beach. (The first trail section to be completed was the Cheney Creek crossing, which linked Doran Beach to the Birdwalk Coastal Access Trail in 2008.)
The entire Bodega Bay Trail project is part of the California Coastal Trail, a network of public trails along the 1,200-mile California coastline that is more than half complete.