A rendering of the Westside Trail at Allene Avenue, including future transit. (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine)

The Atlanta BeltLine announced this morning that it has received a $5 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to develop the Westside Trail.

A three-mile path in the BeltLine’s southwest corridor, the Westside Trail will connect four schools and four parks. Hundreds of native trees will line the trail, which will create 40 acres of new greenspace to be used by area residents and visitors. A TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will cover 42 percent of the project cost. The $5 million grant from the Cox Foundation will go toward a campaign currently underway to raise the additional funds needed to complete the project.

This contribution joins previous grants totaling $7.5 million from the James M. Cox Foundation and Sarah and Jim Kennedy to support the BeltLine.

The BeltLine has completed the Eastside Trail, Northside Trail, Southwest Connector Trail and the West End Trail.  When completed, the 22-mile BeltLine will connect 45 neighborhoods.

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.