The Blue Heron Nature Preserve is adding 4 acres to increase its size to 30 acres, the center said on its website.

The addition will connect to Sarah Smith Elementary School and allow construction of a PATH trail to connect the preserve to other trails in the area, Nancy Jones, executive director of the nonprofit, said in an announcement on the preserve’s website.

The city of Atlanta purchased the property on Land O’ Lakes Drive as part of a program to develop trails along urban streams, the Blue Heron website says. Eventually, the trail can tie into the PATH400 trail along Ga. 400, Atlanta’s Belt Line trail and extend to paths at Chastain Park, Jones said on the website.

“Our vision is to expand Blue Heron well beyond our own boundaries by connecting our trails to existing ones all around us,” she said.

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