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Westside Trail Groundbreaking – the Celebration of a Milestone
posted in Construction Updates, Westside Trail // 11/18/14

On Wednesday, November 12, history was made on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. More than 500 community members, elected officials, donors, members of the media, and other Atlanta BeltLine supporters came out to see the first dirt moved on the Westside Trail, marking the beginning of the construction of the $43 million multi-use corridor.

Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail groundbreaking November 12, 2014 photos by Christopher T Martin www.christophertmartin.com

A banner announcing the Westside Trail groundbreaking waves between two pieces of heavy equipment. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

Mayor Reed welcomed the large crowd to the trailhead near Allene Avenue, across from the site of the Urban Farm, and Reverend Gerald Durley opened with a moving invocation that set the mood for the morning. Beginning with Mayor Reed, the lineup of speakers told a powerful story about the potential for transformation in the community and the partnerships that made it possible.

Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail groundbreaking November 12, 2014 photos by Christopher T Martin www.christophertmartin.com

Hundreds of elected officials, community members, philanthropists, and other Atlanta BeltLine supporters came out to see the Westside Trail groundbreaking. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

Folks attending the ceremony were able to peruse large renderings of the future of the Westside Trail, including a look at the transit and trail coming to Allene Avenue, right where they were standing. The media also had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Reed and some of the other officials in attendance for the event. Scroll to the bottom for some highlights of the media coverage.

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Renderings were available for the public’s perusal.

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Rendering of the Westside Trail and transit at Allene Avenue.

Jamie Kennedy gave remarks on behalf of the James M. Cox Foundation, the leading donor for the Westside Trail with a $5 million contribution. Remarks were also given by Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Stacey Key of the Georgia Department of Transportation and Doug Hooker representing the Atlanta Regional Commission, demonstrating the importance of partnerships between various agencies and levels of government. Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd, Cleta Winslow, and Ivory Young were also invited to give remarks.

Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail groundbreaking November 12, 2014 photos by Christopher T Martin www.christophertmartin.com

The groundbreaking of the Westside Trail was marked with the ceremonial breaking of ground at the Allene Avenue trailhead. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

With the ceremony over, spirits were high as the crowd dispersed, each person taking away a commemorative pin for the occasion.

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Attendees walked away with a special “Westside Trail Champion” pin to commemorate the occasion.

Find out more and stay up to date on the progress of the Westside Trail as it goes under construction by visiting the Westside Trail construction page. You can also view a full gallery of images from the groundbreaking ceremony here.

Below are links to just a sampling of the media coverage on the Westside Trail groundbreaking.

City leaders break ground on BeltLine Westside Trail  – WXIA 11 Alive

Construction begins on Westside Trail of Atlanta BeltLine – WABE

Ground broken for BeltLine Westside Trail – Atlanta INtown

Sights, Sounds from Westside Trail’s Joyous Groundbreaking – Curbed Atlanta

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