Mayor Kasim Reed will lead the official dedication of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail on Monday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at the intersection of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor and the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, located at 830 Willoughby Way.

“The opening of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail will be a revelation for Atlantans who can traverse their city, neighborhood-to-neighborhood in unprecedented fashion,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This world-class public space is the result of great public-private partnerships. It creates new mobility options, lays the foundation for transit along the Atlanta BeltLine, promises improved health and enhanced neighborhoods, and is already spurring sustainable economic growth and development.”

One of the most eagerly-awaited public spaces in Atlanta, the new 2.25-mile long section of the Atlanta BeltLine, running from Irwin St. to 10th St. and Monroe Dr., connects the neighborhoods of Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Midtown, Poncey Highland and Virginia Highland. It contains a 14-foot wide concrete trail and 30 acres of landscaped greenspace, including spaces for both public art and naturalistically designed exercise station. This section of trail also connects Piedmont Park to Freedom Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skatepark – and connects to the PATH Foundation trail running from Stone Mountain to downtown.

The completion of the Eastside Trail combined with the first two trails on the Atlanta BeltLine – the West End Trail and the Northside Trail – brings the total of permanent trails to nearly six miles along and near the corridor.

This is the first phase of development for a corridor which will eventually contain all of the elements of the Atlanta BeltLine vision – pedestrian-friendly transit, a multi-use trail, greenspace and connectivity with surrounding developments and neighborhoods. This is also the first section of the old rail corridor to be developed. This phase of construction was made possible by partnerships between the Atlanta BeltLine, the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, and private donors Kaiser Permanente Georgia, Sarah and Jim Kennedy/PATH Foundation and Trees Atlanta. The PATH Foundation serves as construction manager for this project and Astra Group is the contractor. Trees Atlanta is funding and supervising the planting of new trees and native grasslands, as well as creating the Docent and “Urban Tree Trackers” programs for the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.

For more, visit www.BeltLine.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.