On April 7, 2015, REI’s Community Affairs Program Manager Kristen Ragain wrote the letter of support (pdf) reproduced below.


 

April 7, 2015

REI
6750 South 228th Street
Kent, WA  98032

Dear Seattle City Councilmembers and Seattle Park Board,

On behalf of REI, I am writing to express our support and commitment to the restoration and enhancement of Cheasty Greenspace. As an outdoor retailer and co-op committed to quality and accessible experiences in nature, this project aligns with our mission.

REI’s grant program seeks to grow and enhance diverse, accessible and popular outdoor recreation places where our members recreate or want to recreate.  Our 2014 support of Cheasty Greenspace is through grants to Friends of Cheasty Mountain View ($30,000) and Seattle Parks Foundation ($5,000).  Both of these grants directly support the volunteer-led restoration efforts of this area with the goal of sustaining a healthy urban forest.

REI supports the project at Cheasty Greenspace because of the work to balance efforts to restore this natural urban setting and enhance it by creating access for pedestrians, hikers and mountain bikers.  This project provides an opportunity to engage the Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill and greater Seattle Community – including many youth – in volunteer and outdoor opportunities close-to-home that will reconnect them to the outdoors and, ultimately, instill a desire to take part in its caretaking for future generations.

More than 200 REI employees volunteered to restore Cheasty Greenspace in June.  We will continue to connect our members, customers and employees with future volunteer opportunities.  Additionally, our hope is to continue supporting this project financially in the coming years.  We look forward to playing a role in this exciting community project.

Sincerely,

Kristen Ragain
Community Affairs Program Manager