Atlanta’s favorite reclamation project, the Atlanta BeltLine, is making strides on its latest extension and enhancement efforts. Many individual projects are planned to start or wrap up this year. Along with these projects, the BeltLine’s southwest segment was recently awarded $5 million to construct a three-mile Westside Trail. The trail will run from Lawton Street to Lena Street, and will include 16 points of entry. This project is classified as a top priority, and will begin construction sometime in fall 2015.
On the opposite side of the BeltLine, an extension of the Eastside Trail is underway as well. Construction began in summer 2013, and is scheduled to be completed this summer. This trail will link to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and will include fresh planting, retaining walls, LED lighting and green infrastructure stormwater design.
Another one of the BeltLine’s projects, the Urban Agriculture site, began construction in early 2014. Funded by the Southern Company Five Star program, the site plans to be the home to fruits, vegetables, trees, grasses, bushes and edible berries. Once complete, the site will be maintained by a local organic farmer who practices sustainability. Before the project could actually begin, existing buildings, concrete and asphalt had to be demolished.
The news of these developments has excited Atlantans all over the city. Watching the prodject evolve from a grassroots campaign to what it is today is the perfect representation of the revitalization efforts that are being seen throughout the city, making this project near and dear to the city’s heart.
To learn more about the beltline and its progress, visit beltline.org.