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