A rendering of the Eastside Trail Gateway (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine)
A rendering of the Eastside Trail Gateway (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine)

The groundbreaking for the Eastside Trail Gateway will be led by Mayor Kasim Reed on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. The Gateway will be an ADA-accessible trail that will connect Historic Fourth Ward Park directly to the two-mile paved portion of the Eastside Trail, running from Inman Park to Piedmont Park.

The path will begin across from the Angier Springs Road access point of the Eastside Trail, and wind down the hill toward the park, connecting at Dallas Street and North Angier Avenue. The design includes landscaping, retaining walls, lighting, and green stormwater infrastructure. The new trail is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign successfully raised private funds for the land acquisition, design and construction of this project. The Trust for Public Land initially purchased the 0.76 acre property to preserve it for public use. Since 2005, The Trust for Public Land has worked with Atlanta BeltLine project partners to acquire strategic properties to develop the Atlanta BeltLine’s network of new public parks and multi-use trails circling Atlanta and connecting 45 neighborhoods.

The groundbreaking will take place on the Eastside Trail, near the Angier Springs access point.

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.