Friends of Cheasty Greenspace Mt. View (“FCGMV”) was established in 2008 as a Seattle Parks “Friends” group, and is a community-led volunteer organization in SE Seattle dedicated to restoring urban woodlands, increasing community access to nature, and providing outdoor recreational opportunities in wooded parklands. Cheasty Greenspace is the largest contiguous woodland in Seattle’s Rainier Valley and is located between Sound Transit Link light rail stops (Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, and Columbia City).
FCGMV is restoring Cheasty Greenspace by removing garbage and invasive species, and planting native trees and shrubs. FCGMV, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Parks Foundation, Green Seattle Partnership, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and hundreds of volunteers, is advocating to build a comprehensive trail plan that includes pedestrian and mountain biking trails and features in 33 acres of the greenspace.
By developing a multi-modal trail system in a wooded parkland, with a keen focus on sustainable mountain bike trails and features, this park will provide a local recreation option for mountain bike enthusiasts, as well as invite urban children, youth, and families to engage this sport, many for the first time. Our vision, which includes pedestrian access and community connectivity, will generate successful long-term care and conservation of Seattle’s urban forest for generations to come.
As a group of concerned parents, conservationists and community members, we have worked with our neighborhood to reclaim, restore, re-imagine, and reconnect to Cheasty Greenspace so that our children and our families have accessible and welcoming access to nature, right in our own backyards!