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Something is Alive Under I-5

What does $170,000 in public money, $26,000 in donated funds, 44,000 volunteer hours and a space under a freeway get you between two of Seattle’s most densely populated neighborhoods? A mountain bike park, what else? (Short article in the Seattle Times.)

“The space under the freeway and between Seattle’s Eastlake and Capitol Hill neighborhoods was an enclave of drug activity and prostitution before King County, the city of Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods began construction on the park three years ago, said John Lang. Lang is executive director of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, formerly known as the Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club, that spearheaded much of the effort.”

Not every freeway underpass is a good place for a mountain bike course, but there might be other things you could put under them – a dog park is another. I guess the saying goes, if you can’t beat the freeway, join it.

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