Parks to form Project Advisory Team for Cheasty pilot bike/pedestrian trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation will form a Project Advisory Team (PAT) for the proposed Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project, and invites interested persons to apply for PAT membership.

The Cheasty Greenspace is a 43-acre park along Cheasty Boulevard in southeast Seattle.

The PAT will work with project staff and consultants to develop recommendations on the pilot project, including design, metrics to measure the success of the project, and a mechanism for receiving public input and providing information to the public. Parks will schedule a series of four meetings in September and October.

If anyone s interested in serving on the Project Advisory Team, please complete the application form and return it along with a brief resume by August 29, 2014 to PAT Application, c/o Doug Critchfield, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 1600 S Dakota St., Seattle, WA 98108.

Parks staff and management will review the applications and recommend PAT membership to Parks Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams, who will approve the final roster.

Background

In 2012, the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund received a proposal from the Friends of Cheasty Mountain View to restore 22 acres of Cheasty Greenspace in addition to creating a pedestrian and mountain bike trail. There was considerable community support, including endorsement from the North Beacon Hill Community Council. However, because the proposal for a mountain bike trail was contrary to Seattle Parks’ existing Bicycle Policy, the project was not successful in the Opportunity Fund process.

In October 2013, Parks staff presented proposed updates to the existing Bicycle Policy to the Board of Park Commissioners. These policy updates would allow Parks to consider community-generated proposals for constructing mountain bike trails within a greenbelt or natural area. The Board held a public hearing on the proposed changes to the Bicycle Policy. The Park Board publicly deliberated on the issue on November 13, 2013, and received a large amount of written and verbal testimony both for and against amending the Bicycle Policy. At its January 9, 2014 meeting, the Park Board recommended that a three-year pilot mountain bike trail project be developed.

The first public meeting held by Seattle Parks to discuss the pilot project was on March 25, 2014. The public meeting was well attended by supporters and opponents. A series of meetings with community members and subsequent discussions with the City Council regarding potential funding from the Department of Neighborhood suggested the need for a Project Advisory Team (PAT).

For more information about the PAT, please contact Doug Critchfield at 206-684-4108 or doug.critchfield@seattle.gov.

To download the application, click on the following link: Cheasty Project Advisory Team application form