The Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park are two of the most significant recreation additions to Intown Atlanta in recent memory. The Eastside Trail’s 2.25 miles of multi-use trail and greenspace glory have been mobbed since its October opening, and the glory that is Historic Fourth Ward Park cannot be articulated by simply reciting its impressive array of amenities. They both represent not only what’s great about Atlanta in the present, but what will be as private and public development continues both on and in close proximity to the Atlatna BeltLine.
So, I was super excited when I was informed earlier today that the Atlanta Beltline was able to purchase a critical piece of property from The Trust For Public Land that will connect the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park. From the release:
This “Gateway” connection, when completed, will for the first time link this new park to the rest of the Atlanta BeltLine, which connects to Piedmont Park and the Freedom Park Trail leading to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library complex.
The Trust for Public Land purchased the 0.76 acre property adjacent to The Masquerade, south of North Avenue, in 2005. A recent donation to The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign allowed Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. to complete the transaction with The Trust for Public Land and assume ownership. “Small properties can have big impacts on connectivity, quality of life, and recreation in a city. This connector from Historic Fourth Ward Park to the Eastside Trail strengthens the entire Atlanta BeltLine,” said Curt Soper, The Trust for Public Land’s Georgia state director. “We are grateful to our partners for their shared resilience with completing this important trail connection.” Design is now underway for the Gateway connection between the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. entered into a contract with Tunnell – Spangler – Walsh & Associates (TSW) for the design of the Gateway in December 2012. Construction is expected to begin later in 2013 with completion in 2014.
More connectivity, more greenspace. We’re moving in the right direction…