Recently, there has been an abundance of incorrect information posted on various social media platforms regarding the role that the BHCIA board has taken in regards to the cross-country running events, which take place on the watershed behind Hallmark Park.  Our goal is to provide the Belmont Heights neighborhood a clear and correct understanding of the board’s position in this matter.


First, and foremost, we want to make it clear that the position of the board has always been, from the very beginning, to keep the running course open, not only to the runners, but for the entire community.  This has been the position of the board when it was first announced by the College of San Mateo that they intended to transition away from the management of this course, back in April of 2020.  This has remained the position of the board during its interactions with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the College of San Mateo, CCS Super League, the Peninsula Athletic League and the Belmont City Council.  This will continue to be our position going forward because we understand the importance of the use of this area for the various organizations that utilize the watershed for cross-country events, for the larger Belmont community and especially for the Belmont Heights neighborhood.  At no point has the board ever advocated or supported the closure of the course.

As there are traffic, parking and safety impacts to many neighbors, we have been and will continue to work with the various organizations who are involved in the operations of this course.  The intent is to find solutions that will respect the needs and interests of all parties. 

We will continue to update neighbors on a regular basis regarding these discussions.  As always, we welcome feedback and suggestions from all Belmont Heights residents.  If you would like to provide input on this, or any other matter, please contact us at

For historical use of the course click here.


The Belmont Heights Civic Improvement Association is designed especially for the residents of Belmont Heights, our neighborhood in Belmont, California. The annual membership fee is $20. You can pay online via PayPal/Credit Card, or mail a check to: BHCIA, 1025 Alameda de las Pulgas #516, Belmont, CA 94002. It's a small annual fee to help to cover costs of logistics, communication, special events, neighborhood beautification projects, etc. We welcome any additional donations.

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Friends of Waterdog, created to protect and restore native habitat, has partnered with Belmont's Parks & Rec to remove invasive broom from Waterdog and Hidden Canyon Open Spaces. Broom is a flowering invasive plant that chokes out native vegetation that is vital to a healthy ecosystem and local wildlife. To learn more or volunteer to help, please email

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Our Belmont Heights neighborhood is located in the lovely Belmont hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, at the peak of Ralston Avenue -- accessed from Hallmark, Lassen and Tahoe Drives. The Belmont Heights Civic Improvement Association (BHCIA) offers you and your family the opportunity to engage with other members from your neighborhood while taking part in community development, social activities, and special events. Our organization supports 756 residences in the Belmont Heights area. We are a voluntary association. We encourage active participation and welcome suggestions or announcements from any Belmont Heights resident. If you've any question or need to contact us, please click contact us or send an email to