Cheasty Trails and Restoration has been through several revisions of the proposed pedestrian/hiking trail design due to public input. The proposed trails will likely go through several more revisions before full implementation. At each step of the design all forms of input are taken into consideration.
Key Objectives of Pedestrian/Hiking Trails Plan
- Create trails that are fun and safe to walk, and provide quality nature experiences.
- Provide access to nature for the health and benefit of all who live in the area.
- Connect surrounding neighbors that surround Cheasty with each other, and provide a place to meet each other in a positive setting.
- Connect the children of New Rainier Vista to Kimball Elementary and Asa Mercer Middle School, where the majority of them go to school.
- Connect Beacon Hill and Columbia City neighbors via a pleasant walking path.
- Connect families from New Rainier Vista to Jefferson Park via a pleasant and safe walk through the woods.
- Displace ecologically and socially destructive human activities with restorative and positive human activities.
Perimeter Trail: The perimeter trail was originally proposed to be a separate path from the Beacon Bike Perimeter Trail. While we are confident that a combined facility would be safe for both hikers and bikers, we believe that a separate perimeter hiking trail would be more enjoyable and relaxing for those who are walking in the forest.
Interior Trail: East-West trails crossing the greenspace and an interior viewing station have been proposed. Though there is some concern that these trails will contribute to fragmentation of wildlife habitat, we believe they help fulfill the objectives of this project, allowing for an accessible immersive experience in the natural setting and displacing negative activities that go on in the core of the greenspace.
Due to public input around these concerns, we are currently reconsidering the pedestrian access and hiking trail designs. We would appreciate your input on how pedestrian access can increase positive connectivity in our community. Please come out to the upcoming public design meetings and provide your feedback.