After much study and some changes, Cheasty Trails and Bike Park gets environmental thumbs up

The community-led Cheasty Trails and Bike Park concept has been six years in making. With a series of walking and mountain biking trails in the greenbelt, project boosters hope to create much-needed access to outdoor recreation in a steep greenbelt slope between Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley.

Volunteers for the effort have spent years working on environmental restoration projects in the greenbelt, but the full vision has been sidetracked by a lengthy legal process. The Seattle Hearing Examiner directed Seattle Parks to do more environmental study back in 2015, and that effort has led to some changes to the plan and a more robust environmental analysis. Parks has released a new “Determination of Non-Significance” (PDF) for the project based on this work, and project supporters are urging folks to send supportive comments (see below).

The plan now avoids the steepest sections and wetland areas as much as possible. Here are the updated (and somewhat difficult to read) plans:

You can check out the extensive study documents on the project webpage.

More details from the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace Mt. View:

Seattle Parks has given the go-ahead to the Cheasty Trails and Bike Park project! But it’s not a done deal.

NOW it’s YOUR turn to help. Please submit comments of support for Cheasty trails in the next 10 days. The public comments period runs through October 29, 2018.

Send all comments to Senior Planner David Graves. He’s in charge of the project:

Call to leave him a message: 206-684-7048

Thank you!

With your support we hope to build trails in the spring.

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2 Responses to After much study and some changes, Cheasty Trails and Bike Park gets environmental thumbs up

  1. Don Brubeck says:

    This is a really great project for people and forests in South Seattle. The decision is appealable by folks who don’t think it’s so great. Witness Ballard’s missing link. Community support matters. Please consider sending supportive comments, focused on environmental impacts, to David Greaves. Here’s what I sent:

    I am writing to offer positive comment on the DNS decision. This trail project will offer many positive environmental benefits to Seattle and the region, including:
    – Urban forest restoration and ongoing stewardship accompanying soft trail building, with benefits to plants and wildlife.
    – Recreation, especially for children and youth.
    – Air quality, due to the reduction in need for driving to such recreational opportunities, and due to forest restoration.

    Looking forward to implementation of the project.

  2. Peri Hartman says:

    I will provide a comment in support as well. Something along these lines: if we want kids to have things to do outdoors – healthy, fun, safe – we need to provide places. Otherwise kids either won’t go outdoors or they will end up hanging around. Other examples are skate parks, sports facilities (indoor and out), organized youth activities. To keep Seattle diverse, we need to provide for families with kids, not just 20 somethings and retired folk. Cheasty is one important step in that direction.

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