The City of Big Bear Lake owns, operates and maintains three beautiful parks within our city limits.

SAN BERNARDINO, California, June 30, 2017 –The San Bernardino National Forest is happy to announce that the eastern section of the Alpine Pedal Path will be reopened just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend starting June 30 through July 5.

As part of the ongoing Alpine Pedal Path Improvement Project, the eastern section of the Pedal Path, from Stanfield Cutoff to North Shore Lane (across from the Serrano Campground entrance) has been completely repaved and widened to a consistent 12’ width to better accommodate all of the pedestrians and cyclists that visit the Path. We encourage you to come check out the newly renovated section of the Path for yourself as well as the two new bridges that were replaced last fall.

Construction on the east end of the Pedal path (Stanfield Cutoff to North Shore Lane) is approximately 95% complete and this section will only need to be closed intermittently on weekdays beginning July 6 through July 14.

Construction on the west end of the Pedal Path (the Serrano Section, from North Shore Lane to North Shore Lane) will commence July 6 and continue through August 31. The Serrano Section of the Path will be open Saturdays and Sundays through the construction period. Please be aware that during the construction period, the Alpine Pedal Path will have a rough unpaved surface not suitable for beginner cyclists, narrow tires, or those with limited mobility.

Ongoing construction projects related to undergrounding of utilities along Big Bear Boulevard will be put on a hold for the July 4th Holiday. No work will be done June 30th through July 6th.

To assist with the increased traffic during peak times on the fourth of July, from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am, the City of Big Bear Lake in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Caltrans have devised a plan to better accommodate the flow of traffic. This new plan will enhance visitor and resident experience for the annual “Fireworks Spectacular over the Lake.”

City Council adopts budget forecasting the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources.

On June 13, 2017, the City Council adopted the annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The outlook for the coming year indicates the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources (property taxes, transient occupancy taxes and sales taxes); as such, the City’s budget is balanced with operating revenues in excess of operating expenditures and includes an investment in Capital Projects of $4.3 million of which $2.7 million is appropriated for Street Improvements.

The City remains diligent in its pursuit of alternative sources of funding to supplement local monies for infrastructure projects and has been quite successful at acquiring grant funding. In fact, 39% of the funding for budgeted capital and infrastructure enhancements will be provided by grants which have been awarded to the City.

In November 2008 voters adopted Measure Y, a measure to set aside 2% of the TOT collected for capital improvements aimed at enhancing the visitor experience. The passing of this measure has truly kept our local dollars in the community and improved and modernized our City. Since 2008, $7 million in Capital Projects have been funded through Measure Y funds. We will continue to utilize available funds from Measure Y to sustain the future of our unique mountain home and vibrant economy with new and inventive projects. Below is a chart depicting the projects utilizing Measure Y funds through budget years ending June 30, 2017. 

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