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The Atlanta BeltLine
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World-Class from Concept to Completion
Some of the most rewarding details about the Atlanta BeltLine project are on this page! We have tangible progress notes dating back to 1999, when the idea for the Atlanta BeltLine was just that - 'an idea!' The ins and outs of how it became a reality begin with the project's infancy as a graduate student's thesis, and move into the detailed strides our city officials and many very devoted activists took to bring it to life. Take time to review how far we've come, and celebrate new milestones with us as our journey continues!
2014: Westside Trail, Gateway Trail, 5th year of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and more!
The fifth annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition took place from September to November. The kick-off event, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, drew over 23,000 revelers to the Eastside Trail.
The Atlanta BeltLine won our first ever international award, the prestigious Prix d’Excellence from the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), for the best rehabilitation project in the world.
The Atlanta BeltLine’s Workforce Partnership in Healthcare received recognition from the White House as one of 35 model programs from across the country during the signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
The Southern Charm Etiquette Campaign launched to gently remind people of the courteous rules of the trail.
The new ADA-accessible, CNG powered bus for Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s tour program hit the road.
2013: Strategic Implementation Plan and other milestones
The Atlanta BeltLine and partners both broke ground on and completed the Southwest Connector Spur Trail in the Beecher Hills neighborhood of southwest Atlanta. The spur trail will eventually connect the Beecher Hills and Westwood neighborhoods with the Atlanta BeltLine.
The City of Atlanta was awarded an $18 million TIGER V grant to develop the Westside Trail from Lena Street to University Avenue.
The fourth and largest Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition to date commenced in September with the annual Lantern Parade, bringing over 10,000 participants onto the Eastside Trail.
Volunteers planted the first fruit trees at the Urban Agriculture site, and preparation laid the groundwork for construction of the farm in 2014.
In late 2013, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Board of Directors adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan, outlining the next 17 years for completion of the entire Atlanta BeltLine program.
The Active Lifestyle Competition kicked off and free fitness events were organized in 2013 with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles on the Atlanta BeltLine.
The Workforce Partnership program launched as a collaborative effort to provide hiring and training, reduce employee turnover, and ensure that Atlanta BeltLine residents have requisite job skills and access to economic opportunities.
2012: With the final subarea approved, progress continues!
2011: We see the most progress to date in these 12 instrumental months.
2010: Breaking new ground and bringing new energizing programs to the community.
2009: We enjoyed greater community involvement, new designs and construction!
2008: First trail openings and bond sale.
2007: Federal funding invigorates program planning.
2006: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is formed and the work plan begins!
2005: The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is formed and the community is engaged!
2004: Initial real-world traction is made with early studies.
2002: The idea for the Atlanta BeltLine gains grassroots support.
1999: It started as an idea for a graduate thesis!