Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 9.43.59 AMPiedmont Park’s latest restoration and expansion opens today, comprising more than 12 acres of parkland. Midtown residents who live near Dutch Valley, Ansley Mall and in Morningside will find three new pedestrian entrances for easier access, while there are also new trails, including connections to the Atlanta BeltLine and through Walker Woods. Two new footbridges have been opened at the cleaned-up Clear and Orme Creeks. Click the image above to see a bigger view of the expansion.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy, working with the BeltLine, recently removed a stretch of fence along Evelyn Street in order to allow easier pedestrian access into the park from the interim hiking trail. While this section of the park at the northern end of the dog park has paved trails, they were disconnected from the BeltLine by a gated fence. With the gate removed, the Conservancy paved a short connector trail from the existing path to the  BeltLine, allowing pedestrians and cyclists a direct connection to Piedmont Park. This access is a significant step towards connecting Piedmont Park’s new Woodland Gardens  and the main park via the BeltLine. This new access point is in addition to the fence that was removed several weeks along that ran between the interim hiking trail and the dog park.

Evelyn Street is used to access the parking deck off of Monroe Drive that is shared by Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park. A crosswalk installed earlier this spring enables BeltLine trail users to navigate Evelyn with safer and easier access between the trails and the park.

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.