A group called the North Fork Connectors hopes to bring parts of Peachtree Creek to life with walking paths and bike trails.
With a board of about 10 people, including an environmental engineer and people with connections to the Environmental Protection Agency and Trees Atlanta, the North Fork Connectors have applied for nonprofit status in hopes of securing grant funding to make their vision of a linear park along the north fork of the creek a reality.
The north fork of Peachtree Creek begins around the intersection of I-85 and Ga. 400 near Lindbergh Drive, and goes through the city of Brookhaven and the Century Center office park.
Brookhaven resident Betsy Eggers, a founder of the North Fork Connectors, said she never realized that the creek ran through the area.
She began thinking that with a little work, the creek could become a nice recreational amenity for the community.
“My children growing up in Brookhaven had no place to ride bikes,” Eggers said. “I would like to see my grandchildren be able to ride their bikes in a safe place close to my house.”
Eggers reached out to a group called the South Fork Conservancy, which is building a walking path along Peachtree Creek’s south fork.
“Our vision is that, plus a paved biking path, plus hopefully, eventually, that people can kayak safely down the north fork of Peachtree Creek, too,” Eggers said.
The timing of the project also conveniently coincides with Highwoods Properties, one of the main property owners in Century Center, seeking annexation into the city of Brookhaven.
During the Brookhaven City Council’s Oct. 8 meeting, Jim Bacchetta, vice president of Highwoods Properties’ Atlanta Division, agreed to build the portion of the linear park that runs through the Century Center property, about a quarter of the total project. Bacchetta said it would be open to the public, not just Century Center employees.
“We’re really excited about it. For us, it offers us an opportunity to bring a terrific amenity to the approximately 3,500 people who work in our park,” Bacchetta said.
Brookhaven City Councilman Joe Gebbia said a linear park along the north fork of the creek would be just a mile and a half from the Atlanta Beltline trail, which would offer great connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We’re looking short term at Brookhaven, and keeping our eye on the bigger picture of connecting this to trails in the region,” Gebbia said. “We’re trying to be really creative.”