“These generous gifts from the Kennedys/PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente add to the significant momentum behind the public-private partnership that is moving the Atlanta BeltLine from vision to reality,” said John Somerhalder, chairman of the board of the BeltLine Partnership. “A year from now, Atlantans will walk, jog and bike from Piedmont Park to Freedom Park, connecting to what will be the first new Atlanta BeltLine park to open – Historic Fourth Ward Park.”
The BeltLine Partnership kicked off a $60 million capital campaign in 2007 to underwrite the early development of key parks and trail segments along the Atlanta BeltLine and to demonstrate the project’s potential to transform Atlanta. The BeltLine Partnership has raised more than $35.7 million towards the goal from more than 50 donors, including lead gifts from many of Atlanta’s largest foundations and corporations.
“The Atlanta BeltLine will provide access to community and health services in areas that have been previously underserved and will increase economic opportunities, enabling our citizens to lead healthier lives,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “The joint commitment by the Kennedys/PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente demonstrates the power of the public and private sectors working together to serve the community.”