New Bodega Bay Trail Extension & Bridge Celebrated with Community and Officials
August 8, 2016
parks staff, and elected officials will gather in Bodega Bay on Friday, Aug.
19, to dedicate the newest segment of the Bodega Bay Pedestrian & Bicycle
Trail and to name a trail bridge in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Burko, the late
State Parks superintendent who oversaw the Sonoma Coast.
The public is
invited to explore the .55-mile trail by joining a 10 a.m. bird walk led by
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. The dedication will follow at 11 a.m. and
will feature remarks by U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson, State
Senator Mike McGuire, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Regional Parks
Director Caryl Hart, California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat, and Burko’s
The new trail adds
to the ongoing California Coastal Trail network and connects the Bodega Bay
Dunes campground at Sonoma Coast State Park to Keefe Avenue, improving
pedestrian and bicycle access to the Salmon Creek neighborhood and south Salmon
Creek Beach. The trail segment features an 8-foot-wide aggregate surface and a
120-foot-long bridge over an annual creek. That bridge will be known as the Liz
Burko Bridge. Construction was funded by the National Park Service,
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Sonoma County Transportation Authority
and Sonoma County Regional Parks.
“On this special
day we are not only celebrating increased coastal access for the public, we are
here to honor our dear friend and colleague, Liz Burko,” said Sonoma County
Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart. “Liz dedicated her life to parks, and she
bridged relationships between agencies in order to increase opportunities for
people to enjoy them.”
Burko was a Bodega
Bay resident who managed California State Parks’ Sonoma-Mendocino District for
the last eight years of her career. She passed away unexpectedly in August 2015
following a vehicle accident. Known by many as the quintessential ranger who
loved people and parks, Burko was highly regarded for her leadership, including
her ability to overcome complex challenges and to mentor staff.
The new trail
segment connects to a .47-mile trail linking Bodega Dunes campground to the
Bodega Bay Community Center and Children’s Bell Tower. That trail was completed
in late 2014 and dedicated by Burko and many of the officials who will attend
the Aug. 19 ceremony. Together, the two trail segments are referred to as the
Coastal Prairie Trail.
fitting that we honor Liz’s legacy with the extension of the Coastal Prairie
Trail,” said Fifth District Supervisor Efren Carrillo. “The trail is crucial to
our larger mission of connecting people to the beauty and wonder of the Sonoma
Coast. Liz was devoted to that mission, and we miss her dearly.”
The Coastal Prairie
Trail is part of the larger Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail project,
which will give residents and tourists a safe and scenic alternative for
traveling Highway 1 between Salmon Creek and Doran Beach. The project will
include 3.4 miles of bike and pedestrian pathway and a boardwalk with access to
shops and restaurants along Bodega Harbor. The next segment to be constructed
will link the Coastal Prairie Trail to Bay Flat Road. Design and engineering
studies are underway, and construction will begin as funding becomes available.
The first Bodega
Bay Trail section to be completed was the Cheney Creek crossing, which linked
Doran Beach to Birdwalk Coastal Access Trail in 2008.
The Bodega Bay
Trail project is part of the larger California Coastal Trail, a planned trail
to run along the state’s 1,200-mile coastline.
information, contact Regional Parks Community Engagement Manager Bethany
Facendini at 707-565-2041 or email@example.com.
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