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Potential impact of 3rd Ave levee project on boardsailing

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:46 pm    Post subject: Potential impact of 3rd Ave levee project on boardsailing Reply with quote

Greetings fellow Boardsailors!

This PSA is regarding the upcoming construction for the Levee Improvement Project in Foster City, CA., and it will be important for each of you to be educated on.

Please see the below information and be on the lookout for future updates from your community advocates as we continue to partner with you.

3rd Ave (Baywinds) Boardsailing Community:
Potential impacts on 3rd Ave users as a result of the Foster City Levee Project
(21 Feb 2021)

In a desire for our community to speak and lobby as a unified body, a small (10 member) working group (“Tiger Team”) was created that spans 3rd Ave Boardsailing (kiting, windsurfing, winging, windsurf foiling) and Kayaking groups with Mandi Browning, Steve Gunn and Mark Tischler acting as our interface with the City, Project Design Engineer, and Contractors.

What We Know:
1) Ingress/egress by all boardsailors around Baywinds will be maintained during our “prime wind season” March-Oct/Nov
2) The Bay Trail from approximately the north end of the lower launch rigging area (“lower kite beach”) and around Baywinds to the start of the Mariner’s parking lot will remain open except for short intervals when there is construction in this area
3) The Baywinds parking lot will remain open during the entire Levee Project. However, dirt road (Caltrans right of Way) will be closed starting in May 2021

What we are working on:
1) Maintaining ingress/egress by all boardsailors around Baywinds and bay trail access during our “off season” Oct/Nov-March
2) There will be significant work at the windsurfing ramp launch at the tanks. We are involved in the redesign to ensure it will remain windsurfing friendly
3) Maintain safe access from the rigging area at the point and from Mariner’s Island Golf Range parking lot to the upper launch
4) Create a safe Emergency egress at Inktomi (last chance beach) in order to get the user and equipment safely out of the construction zone
5) Create a safe egress at Shell Beach at Marlin Ave on Beach Park Blvd. for outriggers/kayakers and their equipment through the construction zone
6) Scheduling Spring Safety Conference: Develop communication plan to receive updates on the construction project and to keep the boardsailing community informed with notice of construction activities, safety information/flyers/posters with tides, emergency numbers, safety recommendation

If you have specific concerns/questions, please reach out to the representative for your sport:
Kiting: Mandi Browning -
Windsurfing: Owain Chilton -
Winging: Anthony Del Balso -
Windsurf foiling: James Van -
Kayaking: Vineet Buch -

This is the first many updates that will continue to be posted at 3rd Ave Kiteboarding. Please encourage everyone to continue to check back for the most current status. Other media, groups, and emails may also be used.

The Tiger Team is working hard to advocate your needs by meeting regularly to review concerns and communicate with the Foster City Levee project leadership. We have been very pleased to date with the receptibility to our concerns and to ensure access during the 3yr construction period.

Thanks to the entire community for your patience and support!
3rd Ave Tiger Team
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