Over the past eight years, the Atlanta BeltLine has made tremendous progress under the stewardship of Mayor Kasim Reed. He and his administration have brought the Atlanta BeltLine from a dream into a reality. As a special thank you to Mayor Reed, we put together a collection of milestones in photos below. Other major accomplishments include the creation of more than 1,100 affordable housing units in the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area and the creation of 7,200 permanent and 26,600 construction jobs. The economic impact of the Atlanta BeltLine is tangible with a $3.7 billion investment on $450 million in spending (an 8:1 return on investment).
The largest outdoor, temporary public art exhibition in the south – Art on the Atlanta BeltLine – launched in 2010 and blossomed under Mayor Reed. In 2016, under Mayor Reed’s leadership, voters in the City of Atlanta passed an historic TSPLOST, providing the funding needed to purchase the remaining land for the Atlanta BeltLine loop.
From all of of us at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, it has been an absolute honor to work with Mayor Reed and his entire team. We wish him and his family the best in 2018 and beyond!
2010 – Opened the Northside Trail.
2010 – Completed West End Trail phase II.
2010 – Accepted a $2.5 million donation from Kaiser Permanente Georgia for construction of the Eastside Trail.
2011 – Opened Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skatepark.
2012 – Completed the Perkerson Park splash pad.
2012 – Opened the Eastside Trail. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2012 – Mayor Reed took a bike ride on the brand new Eastside Trail. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2013 – Completed the Southwest Connector Spur Trail.
2013 – Mayor Reed took a walk on the Southwest Connector Spur Trail. Photo: Van Hall.
2013 – Created and dedicated the Atlanta Police Department’s new Path Force Unit to patrol all open Atlanta BeltLine parks and trails, and adjacent neighborhoods.
2013 – Opened a dedicated police precinct for APD’s Path Force Unit in the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing.
2014 – Broke ground on the Gateway Trail connecting Historic Fourth Ward Park to the Eastside Trail. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2014 – Mayor Kasim Reed welcomed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to Atlanta and toured the Atlanta BeltLine.
2014 – Completed the Edgewood Avenue bridge over the Eastside Trail. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2014 – Completed the Gateway Trail. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2014 – Broke ground on the Westside Trail, thanks in part to an $18 million TIGER grant secured by Mayor Reed. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2015 – Launched the Atlanta BeltLine’s first urban farm. Photo: Christopher T. Martin.
2015 – Opened the Arthur Langford, Jr. Skatepark, the second official skatepark in the City of Atlanta.
2016 – Opened the completely renovated Stanton Oaks Apartments next to D. H. Stanton Park.
2016 – Mobile Medics began patrolling the Eastside Trail alongside APD’s Path Force Unit on Saturdays and Sundays. Photo: John Becker.
2017 – Opened the Westside Trail, the largest expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine to date. Photo: The Sintoses.
2017 – Cutting the ribbon on the Westside Trail. Photo: The Sintoses.
2017 – Opened the first phase of the Eastside Trail’s southern extension. Photo: John Becker.