I was sitting in my office at the Atlanta INtown office in Inman Park when I heard a strange noise coming from outside our backdoor. INtown’s offices are at Inman Alley, which, literally, backs up to the future BeltLine. The noise sounded like a train coming down the tracks, so I jumped up and ran outside to see some kind of machinery and a team of men coming down the track pulling up the old rail lines. I grabbed the camera and snapped a couple of photos as the machine pulled up the tracks and the crew removed the wooden ties underneath. What were they doing?
A call to the Atlanta BeltLine offices provided exciting information. Crews are working in the Northeast and Southwest quadrants of the 22-mile BeltLine loop around the city to create the first hiking trails. The old rails and ties will be removed, graded and replaced with mulch to provide a walking surface. This part of the project is expected to be completed and open to the public in March.
To keep up with all the BeltLine information, visit www.beltline.org.