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Interested in volunteering? We are dedicated to preserving and restoring these SLPs for the enjoyment and well-being of all its residents. Join us in this effort!  Visit the Friends of Mill Valley Steps, Lanes & Paths to become part of the community that helps protect and preserve these historical resources.

Date Meeting Staff Report
June 4, 2018 City Council Maintenance and Volunteer Update
March 7, 2018 Parks and Recreation Commission Volunteer Projects and Maintenance Update
September 18, 2017 City Council Update on the SLP Program


September 15, 2017

The City of Mill Valley Moves Forward to Put Important Protections in Place for the City’s Steps, Lanes, and Paths Network.

A notice regarding of the City’s Steps, Lanes, and Paths (SLPs) was recorded at the Marin County Recorder’s Office on October 2, 2017. The purpose of recording the map is to provide notice to property owners and the public of the general location of the SLPs listed in the City of Mill Valley’s Official SLP Inventory.

On March 20, 2017, in Resolution No. 17-15, the City Council directed the Director of Public Works to complete a map depicting the SLPs listed in the Official SLP Inventory. The Resolution also affirmed the public status of the SLP network, officially named and numbered public SLPs, and adopted an Encroachment Removal Policy.

We invite community members to view the map online or in person.

The City Council demonstrated its commitment to preservation and protection of the SLP network by adopting the March Resolution in addition to its earlier approval of a nine-point action plan in January, 2017. City staff has implemented the action plan to maintain and safeguard our SLP network. Some important recent activities include:

  • Reconvening the internal SLP team, which meets twice per month to review issues, coordinate efforts, develop maintenance and construction standards and protocols, and agree upon priorities for the SLP program.
  •  Revising the Top 25 SLP list to reflect the progress made since it was adopted in 2008 and the recommendations from the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and recent staff review and input for additions to the list of SLP priorities.
  • Enacting attentive and aggressive SLP monitoring and enforcement actions in response to staff observations and complaints from the public. Of the dozens of complaints received over the past 10 months all encroachments have been largely addressed.
  • Completing improvements to two well-used SLPs this year: repairing SLP 323 which connects the Shelter Ridge area to Hamilton Drive and reconstructing SLP 230, the Gardner Steps. Other prominent projects include commencing the rebuilding of the remaining section of the Dipsea Stairs in partnership with the Dipsea Foundation and the completion of the new Lomita Drive to the Multi-Use Path connector. Additionally, the Public Works staff has made improvements and repairs to numerous SLPs around the community to keep them passable and attractive.
  • Working with community members and volunteer groups on three projects this summer and planning three other projects for the fall.

Click here to download the SLP Update Staff Report. 

A Guide to Mill Valley SLPs – 3rd Edition - 2013

Click here to download a guide to Mill Valley's Steps, Lanes, and Paths. Printed copies of the map are available for sale for $5 at City Hall (26 Corte Madera Ave.)

Click here to read a brief history of Mill Valley's Steps, Lanes, and Paths.

About SLP Encroachments

At their City Council meeting on January 17, the Council reviewed and restated its support of the City’s Steps, Lanes and Paths (SLPs) program and approved the recommended actions to strengthen it, including:

  • Adopting a resolution reaffirming the City’s commitment to SLPs and the adoption of an SLP map.
  • Updating and expanding the City data base on SLPs.
  • Creating new enforcement protocol.
  • Implementing a page on the City website for community recommendations for SLP maintenance.
  • Looking for increased SLP funding.
  • Reconvening the internal SLP team.
  • Preparing an annual SLP report for Council review.
  • Working with the community on SLP volunteer opportunities.
  • Proceeding with diligence on approved Capital Improvement Projects to maintain and improve existing SLP network.

The Council and staff are committed to preserve and protect the SLPs, both developed and undeveloped, and we are committed to vigorously enforcing the public’s rights to access. The City Council recently approved a new Priority Project list for 2017-2018, which included the development and implementation of a pedestrian connectivity program including sidewalk repair and Steps, Lanes and Paths improvement.

We welcome the community’s assistance in protecting SLPs and reporting encroachments so we can act on them.

Click here to learn about reporting an encroachment.

Steps, Lanes, and Paths News

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Adopt an SLP Program Expands

September 10, 2020 

The Friends of the Steps, Lanes and Paths’ Adopt-an-SLP program is designed to engage the community in helping to maintain and care for the many staircases, neighborhood lanes and natural pathways that comprise our much-loved SLPs. Individuals, neighbors, schools, church groups are all welcome to “adopt” their favorite SLP and commit to periodically sweeping, raking or otherwise caring for the SLP on behalf of the Friends and the City. No Cost is involved. Just fun. Join the 30+ others who have adopted their very own SLP around town by sending an email to, visiting or calling Hugh Kuhn on 415-385-1614.

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Successful Repair of Bayfront and Hauke Park Pedestrian Bridge

December 12, 2019 

In September 2019, the City of Mill Valley announced the closure of the pedestrian bridge connecting Bayfront and Hauke Park due to one of its twelve support piers being compromised. Inspections, necessary approvals, and repairs were completed in record time by the City of Mill Valley, and the bridge was re-opened on November 27, 2019 at 3pm.

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Marin County Parks to Begin Bridge Renovations in Mill Valley/Sausalito

October 1, 2019 

Crews will replace decaying deck boards on two bridges on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Path beginning Monday, October 7, 2019 on weekdays only, and work is expected to last for approximately one week. The path will remain open during the construction project, but work crews will place traffic control measures which may result in short delays for pedestrians and bicyclists attempting to cross these bridges.

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Report an Encroachment

Ann Ivan,
Code Enforcement Officer
City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Phone: 415-389-4203