Cheasty Greenspace Trails and Bike Park

Cheasty Greenspace has the opportunity to be re-imagined based primarily on its location in the Rainier Valley and proximity to already existing Park amenities. This greenspace holds such potential in providing the residents of New Rainier Vista, CCity and Beacon Hill with access to nature, pedestrian/commuter options, and relavent recreational pursuits. That this land is nestled in between the dynamic goings-ons of Jefferson Community Center, Rainier Community Center and Lake Washington makes this a glaring lack of activated space. So much good could be done here to ensure the ecological integrity of the land, while making it SAFE for our neighborhood and an ASSET to our community.

We are proposing a multi-year process that would include a community-led design phase for a multi-use trail system, forest restoration work (removal of invasive species and native tree/shrub plantings), and the actual build out of trails within the greenspace. Our vision includes walking/running trails from New Rainier Vista to Kimball Elementary (imagine children being able to walk through the forest safely to school!), Mt. Baker Light Rail Station and west for easier access to the Jefferson Park amenities. We are also proposing single track mountain bike trails that can safely co-exist with pedestrian trails. This is an exciting opportunity to reimagine this space and how we can draw children and youth into the forest in relevant ways that will subsequently get them hooked on nature (instead of drugs and gangs!) for life. We have broadbased support for this dynamic vision in the community; Bike Works, the Boys and Girls Club, ReWA and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (among others) are thrilled to imagine this land becoming an asset to their programming and impacting the lives of their children, families and communities.

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