The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail is progressing every day and is almost ready to welcome the public. This new 2.25-mile long section of the Atlanta BeltLine, running from Irwin St. to 10th St. and Monroe Dr., connects the neighborhoods of Virginia Highland, Midtown, Poncey Highland, Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. This section of trail also connects Piedmont Park to Freedom Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skatepark – and connects to the PATH Foundation trail running from Stone Mountain to downtown.
The official dedication for the new trail will be held on Monday, October 15 at 10 a.m. It will also be featured as part of the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit, which starts on the evening of September 8 with the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton’s Lantern Parade and ends on November 11. In addition, the trail will be part of the route for Atlanta Streets Alive on October 7.
During the month of September and beyond, crews will still be working on sections of the trail, including concrete, hand rails, retaining walls and slope containment. Art for the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit will also be installed in September. Landscaping will get started in mid-fall with the planting of new trees; there will be volunteer opportunities to work with Trees Atlanta to plant these new trees, which will be part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. Landscaping will continue into the spring with the planting of native species of flora.
Please be mindful that construction crews are active and the trail is not yet finished. There are still sections of concrete that need to be poured or fixed, and some intersection improvements (specifically 10th and Monroe and Lake and Irwin) are still works in progress. While construction is active, anyone who uses the trail does so at their own risk.
The PATH Foundation is the construction manager for this project and Astra Group is the contractor. Trees Atlanta is funding and supervising the planting of new trees for the Arboretum. Funding for the trail was provided by Kaiser Permanente, Jim and Sarah Kennedy, and the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD).
This is the first phase of development for this corridor which will eventually contain all of the elements of the Atlanta BeltLine vision – pedestrian-friendly transit, a multi-use trail, greenspace and connectivity with surrounding developments and neighborhoods. This is also the first section of the old rail corridor to be developed. As part of the project, significant underground infrastructure was installed before work on the trail itself began. This work included a utility duct bank that will help carry power for lighting and transit as well as current and future utilities that use the corridor; retaining walls to maintain the width of the corridor for both transit and trails; the installation of a new bridge for the trail over Ralph McGill Blvd, and the remediation and rehabilitation of the historic rail bridge over Ponce de Leon Ave.
There will be another update in the coming weeks announcing the end of heavy construction.