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Proctor Creek Greenway – Connecting with Nature!
posted in Partner Projects // 05/08/18

On May 7, the City of Atlanta celebrated the grand opening of the first three miles of Proctor Creek Greenway. When completed, the seven-mile greenway will connect the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail at Maddox Park with the Chattahoochee River, adding more than 400 acres of greenspace to the city. This phase of the multi-use trail links the neighborhood with parks, schools, and the Bankhead MARTA station. 

The greenway over Proctor Creek.

“This greenway is really going to be an important part of the connectivity that’s needed in this neighborhood,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at the opening ceremony. “The waterway itself is the heart of an ecosystem that includes 60,000 people living in more than 25 neighborhoods in the Proctor Creek Watershed.”

Ceremonial scissors await the ribbon-cutting.

City officials cut the ribbon. From left to right: Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilience Officer; Councilmember Dustin Hillis; TJ Austin, Grove Park Neighborhood Association President; Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr.; Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Councilmember Andre Dickens; Councilmember Kwanza Hall; Representative Sheila Jones of the Georgia House; and City Council President Felicia Moore.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. joined a list of partners that were recognized at the ceremony for  our role in managing the procurement process, negotiating real estate easements, and managing the project’s construction accounting. Other partners included the City of Atlanta, the PATH Foundation, the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council, Chick-fil-A, Westside Future Fund, the Blank Foundation, and the Emerald Corridor Foundation.

A draft map of the alignment, from the Emerald Corridor Foundation page.

The Proctor Creek Greenway is funded in part by TSPLOST, which contributed $3.6 million to the project. Another $160,000 in funding came from the Department of Watershed Management. The City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience played a major role in spearheading the project, with support from the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

To learn more about the Proctor Creek Greenway, visit EmeraldCorridor.org.

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