Saving Cheasty

Cheasty Greenspace

Cheasty Greenspace

(Updated July 18, 2014) As the people of Seattle find out about a proposed pilot mountain bike park in Cheasty Greenspace, opposition grows rapidly. Listed below, in chronological order, with the most recent at the top, are some of the many public statements in opposition to the proposal. I will continue to add to the list, so check back often. Feel free to leave comments and additions.


Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park - not a healthy greenspace.

Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park, King County – not a healthy greenspace.

Some try to make the case that the only way to get rid of invasive species and restore Cheasty Greenspace is by putting in a mountain bike park. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Mountain bike parks and healthy greenspaces have nothing to do with each other. As a matter of fact, they are mutually exclusive.

(Top photo by Mark Ahlness, bottom photo by Darrell Howe, used with permission)

About Mark Ahlness

I am a retired teacher, with dreams of still making a difference.
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7 Responses to Saving Cheasty

  1. ArthurS says:

    The opposition to the Beacon Hill Bike Park fail to recognize one simple fact, possibly because it negates the most powerful aspect of their argument: Cheasty Green space cannot be preserved in it’s current state. It is being destroyed by transient campsites, garbage, and drug activity – all symptoms of population density growth.

    Whether the opposition likes it or not, Seattle is not the city it was 20 years ago. Population density growth cannot be stopped. The only question is whether we let that population density destroy and render inhospitable our green spaces, or we allow the community to act to save them.

    Beacon Hill Bike Park represents a community organized and operated endeavor that will help us reclaim and maintain a space that is being destroyed by neglect. Please don’t be swayed by arguments that suggest we can leave this space dormant and unused without losing the space altogether.

  2. mahlness says:

    Dear ArthurS,
    I was unaware of a call for proposals by Parks for how to preserve Cheasty Greenspace.

    Just because a group has a proposal and says they will “clean up” the area if they can have it for their own specialized use – does not mean they should have it. Good grief.

    This quid pro quo way of thinking may be how corrupt big organizations are run, but it’s no way to run a city park system.

  3. dragonfly says:

    This website has posted the best possible pic of Cheasty and the worse possible pick of Duthie. I urge everyone concerned about damaging what some are now calling the Cheasty “wilderness” to walk (or try to) through the Cheasty greenspace and then visit Duthie. Duthie (the most visited, or one of the most visited, mountain bike park in the state) looks and feels so much “healthier” than Cheasty.

    I wish the people so interested in “saving” Cheasty now put their words into actions over the last few decades as this greenspace has continued to decay.

  4. mahlness says:

    Dear dragonfly,

    I took that pic of Cheasty in a scramble up a steep slope on a very rainy, cold day in early March. I was a mess, but the beauty of the place left me breathless.

    The messy picture of Duthie is what Cheasty could easily look like in a couple of years after March downpours.

    The soil at Duthie is much more stable than the natural clay/loam soil in Cheasty that the Parks Department is saying is OK for mountain bike trails. They would be a mess.

    Cheasty bike trails would look much worse than that shot of Duthie. Really.

  5. M. M. says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for the interest and efforts you have shown. Please, please keep this on your radar. There’s so much wrong with the way this was done, I can’t even begin. As you say, only the proponent of the bike plan knew what was going on until A WEEK before the project was to begin. And thank you for your reasonable demeanor, thorough research and for your frank responses to the comments above.

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