Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
The City of Seattle used this grant to acquire 14.62 acres in east-central Seattle to expand the Cheasty Greenspace. Acquisition of the properties helped to protect one of the few significant natural greenbelts left in Seattle. The property is heavily wooded and has a variety of habitat areas and natural springs. The project is amended to convert 0.73 acre (Matsouka/Grant property) and replace it with 0.68 acre (Alki Vista property). As a result of the conversion and replacement, the total property in the project agreement is reduced to 14.57 acres.