A community plan to build sustainable mountain bike and hiking trails in Cheasty Greenspace has barely cleared a key City Council committee vote, bringing it one step closer to winning the Neighborhood Matching Funds it needs to become reality, Publicola reports.
The full City Council is scheduled to vote on the NMF list Monday, though more hurdles for the bike park project are likely.
“I anticipate that there will be an amendment by next Monday about how people want to proceed,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw during the committee meeting. You can watch the meeting and listen to testimony on the project via Seattle Channel.
The list of NMF projects was approved with only Bagshaw’s vote. Councilmember Bruce Harrell, the only other councilmember there, abstained due to concerns about the Cheasty process.
“With Cheasty, I think we could have gone about it a little better,” Harrell said. “For me, this was less than a perfect process.”
Specifically, he said he wished more of the concerns were spelled out in a proviso, and that some of the ideas suggested for handling difficult decisions had been codified in the plan for the pilot project. For example, one idea was to create a community committee with people for and against the project to help guide project design decisions.
To recap, project proponents have been organizing and developing this plan for years. Following the example set by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance in other parks around the region, the mountain bike trail will come with a commitment to activate volunteers to help restore the Cheasty Greenspace. The area has been overrun by invasive plants, and much of the space is not very accessible by neighbors. Continue reading