The Atlanta City Council on Oct. 20 approved a partnership agreement with Atlanta BeltLine Inc. for the design and construction of certain parks and green spaces within the BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD).

“We are grateful to City Council and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for their continuing support of BeltLine implementation,” said Terri Montague, the president & CEO of Atlanta BeltLine.

The BeltLine plan is to create a linear system connecting 40 parks, including more than 1,200 acres of new green space and improvements to approximately 700 acres of existing green space. The BeltLine Partnership’s $60 million capital campaign, including lead gifts from many of Atlanta’s largest foundations and corporations, will underwrite the early development of key BeltLine parks and trail segments.

The City Council action, however, does not come without certain criteria that must be met by Atlanta BeltLine with each park development:

• The land for the park is purchased by the city, through the adoption of appropriate legislation by the City Council and mayor.

• A master plan for the park is created by or at the direction of the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and is approved through the adoption of appropriate legislation by the City Council and mayor.

• The city maintains ownership of the park property and has the authority to make all decisions regarding the park.

• The parks commissioner decides it is in the best interest of the city to have the park designed, developed and redeveloped and/or constructed by Atlanta BeltLine.

• Atlanta BeltLine is required to design, develop, redevelop and construct each park in a manner that is consistent with the city-approved park master plan and the agreement.

The agreement authorizes the parks commissioner to determine which parks should be designed, developed, redeveloped and/or constructed by Atlanta BeltLine and the amount of public funds to be allocated for each park project.

“We are grateful for City Council’s approval of the legislation, which will allow when funding is available to move quickly with the implementation of the BeltLine parks,” said Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Dianne Harnell Cohen.

The first park to be built by Atlanta BeltLine was unveiled Oct. 15 as the 30-plus-acre Historic Fourth Ward Park, to be behind City Hall East along North Avenue in Midtown.

— John Schaffner