By Han Vance
Atlanta still struggles to shine in national rankings of public parks and greenspace but is collectively pursuing more pedestrian opportunities, including the Atlanta BeltLine. This 22-mile green loop continues to get most of the publicity due to its popularity and large scope, while smaller pedestrian pathways are often hidden in plain sight.
Named after the victim of a senseless high-profile murder, scenic Gordon C. Bynum Jr. Pedestrian Bridge connects the Peachtree Park neighborhood to Lenox Square via a walkway across Georgia 400. The 223-foot-long bridge was dedicated in 1999.
John Muzzy with the Peachtree Park Neighborhood Association passed by saying, “I moved here before the bridge was here. This was built when 400 was built. The neighborhood more or less went along with the state building 400, if they’d agree to close East Paces Ferry and build this footpath.”
There are two entrances to the footpath that lead to the bridge on the south side of 400 – one from Martina Drive and another in the sharp turn where East Paces Ferry Road now feeds into Peachtree Drive. A yellow and red floral display offsets artfully against well-maintained green grass and mature trees along the path.
Once on the bridge, curving, wrought iron banisters protect raised flower and planting beds. The view of Buckhead’s skyscrapers from this vantage point is also quite impressive.
From the washed brick homes of the neighborhood over 400, the footpath exits onto the loop road just behind Lenox Square – a pleasant walk for anyone wanting to go shopping or grab a bite for lunch.
Han Vance is regular contributor to Atlanta INtown and other local and national publications. Visit his website at hanvance.com.