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The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to keep the Atlanta BeltLine Tour Program running through through December.
In six years, more than 13,000 fans have enjoyed the free, narrated bus tour of the Atlanta BeltLine, named by Atlanta Magazine “one of the things every Atlantan must do.”
“The Atlanta BeltLine Tour Program plays a vital role in educating residents and visitors about this transformative urban development and green space project,” said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation recognizes the value of providing this resource – for free – to the thousands of people who take the tour each year.”
Atlanta BeltLine Tour reservations open on the 15th of each month and typically fill within hours. The tours provide a first-hand view of progress along the Atlanta BeltLine, including the Eastside Trail and the future West Side Park and Reservoir. Participants consistently report that the tour experience changes their perspective of Atlanta.
“We are so grateful for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s incredible support for Atlanta BeltLine Partnership programs and the community,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson. “It thrills us to be able to continue to offer this program for free thanks to the support this grant will provide.”
As the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership initiates an annual operating campaign, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation grant is addressing an urgent need to continue the tours in 2012. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is seeking sponsors for the tour program and its other programs, affording those underwriters exposure to tens of thousands of passionately engaged Atlantans.