He Said/She Said: New Mountain Bike Park at Cheasty Greenspace

He Said/She Said: New Mountain Bike Park at Cheasty Greenspace

“He Said/She Said” highlights some of the most vigorous civil debates that take place in the RVP’s Comment section. The dialogue that occurs here between friends, neighbors and engaged citizens is one of the features that makes your RVP such a valuable community resource. Your RVP does not necessarily endorse the opinions expressed.

Cheasty Greenspace is a 43-acre greenspace located on the east slope of Beacon Hill directly above the Rainier Valley and Martin Luther King Way, where the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation is planning to build a new mountain bike park. Naturally, there are a variety of opinions about whether the park will be a positive or negative addition to the south-end community. Learn more about the park and project at tonight’s meeting (see info below).

Neale: One more facility to be paid for with one-time capital money and volunteer labor, only to have it go unused because we don’t have operating money to make it secure. How many more places can we add for police to patrol and respond to, without adding police officers to do the work?

Tom T: I view this as a great addition to the South End. It will be a destination attraction that will bring droves of folks from throughout the city to use it. I don’t know of another such facility elsewhere in Seattle. The people that come will likely be willing to cooperate with and act as the eyes of the police. So while there are security issues, I hope it will not be as daunting an issue as Neale paints it. I believe mountain biking attracts a monied, gentrifying crowd that will loudly argue for the safety of the area.

SH: Maybe I’m missing something but what are the specific security concerns? If they build it they will come, no way a resource like this will go “unused”, IMHO

nador: how about building a Mt Bike park in “the jungle” where there is truly safety concerns, litter, invasive plants, and many homeless encampments? If this project was really about addressing those things, Cheasty is not the obvious location.

Wesley Hodgson: Really excited about seeing this project happen! The similar park out in Issaquah (Duthie) has been a huge success, and I can only imagine something right in the heart of the city can only go the same way. I figure anything that encourages physical activity and increases traffic through a fairly underutilized greenspace can only mean good things!

Real Rainier Valley Girl: “The pilot project will be implemented by volunteers with some assistance of Seattle Parks staff,” says Seattle Parks and Recreation. Curious quote. Does this mean that the volunteers will be charged with designing, clearing, building, and maintaing the trails? As with other city projects, there will likely be major sweat equity by the community to make this project happen. Perhaps fundraising endeavors as well? I’d like this quote explained. One would think that with all the money that voters approve for parks levies that the city would provide more than “some assistance” from department personnel. I hope the city is prepared for the traffic and parking issues that will come with this new park. Not a criticism, but a reality. Although Metro routes 36 and 50 will run adjacent to the area, most users won’t bus, bike, and ride to a mountain bike park. (The ride from the Beacon Hill and Columbia City stations would provide good warm-ups before one mountain bikes.)

SH: http://www.beaconbikepark.com/the-skinny.html

Troy: Maybe if the new parks district passes funding will be sustainable.

Mark B: “Maybe if the new parks district passes funding will be sustainable.” The new parks district, nice. Doesn’t that just mean since we don’t have money to maintain the parks we have now we will just create a new tool to tax people to build more parks we can’t maintain?

pbob: I don’t oppose fundamentally but I do not like how this project came to be. There was very little attempt to inform the public until the last minute then at the meeting project manager said there wouldn’t be any changes AT THE FIRST PUBLIC MEETING on top of that it has been very rushed projects. On top of that the whole community wasn’t even present as the signage was only in English and not the many other languages you usually see when the city is trying to get public input. It will probably make gentrification worse and that not even touching on how the pro bike track crowed many of whom grew up or lived in the suburbs until just a few years ago have been calling the anti crowed NIMBYS or are coming at this from positions of privilege…

What do you think? Will the new mountain bike park be good or bad for the south-end?

This Tues., May 6, the community is invited to attend a Cheasty Greenspace open house at the Beacon Hill Library (2821 Beacon Ave. S.) from 6:15 to 6:55 pm, where Friends of Cheasty Greenspace will present maps, photos and other information about the park. The meeting will precede the North Beacon Hill Council Meeting, scheduled for 7 to 8:30 pm at the same location, where Mark Mead, the Seattle Parks Department manager for the Cheasty Greenspace Mountain Bike Pilot Project, is expected to provide an update on the process.


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