Washington Park Jamboree

Police officers and children play at the Washington Park Jamboree, a fundraiser for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

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Capital Campaign

Capital Giving Supports Transformative Projects

More than ten years into the Atlanta BeltLine’s 25-year build-out, we can now see the tangible results of early investments. Critical to the Atlanta BeltLine's early success is a significant commitment of private charitable dollars to fund greenspace acquisition and development as well as trail construction. Private support of the Atlanta BeltLine will ensure that the city can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity now and for years to come.

History of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Efforts

In 2006, ABP launched its inaugural capital campaign with the exceptional corporate leadership team of Jim Kennedy, Phil Kent, Herman Russell and Ray Weeks serving as Campaign Co-Chairs, and significant early philanthropic investments were secured. The Trust for Public Land was instrumental in acquiring dozens of key parcels of land along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, and the PATH Foundation provided expertise in trail design and construction.

The first one-mile segment of Atlanta BeltLine trail was constructed in the West End in 2008, and that same year, a ribbon-cutting took place at the 1.7-acre Gordon White Park, the first official Atlanta BeltLine park. Working with a broad coalition of public, private and nonprofit partners, ABP and ABI began focusing on the Atlanta BeltLine’s next major initiatives—Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Eastside Trail.

In 2014, ABP embarked on an additional fundraising campaign to support the creation of the Westside Trail in the southwest quadrant of the City in partnership with local, state and federal government supporters, most notably leveraging an $18 million TIGER V grant awarded to the Atlanta BeltLine by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The completion of this segment will open 44 acres of greenspace along 2.5 miles of corridor three years ahead of schedule, and it will bring much-needed revitalization and access to the many health benefits of the Atlanta BeltLine to the City’s southwest neighbors.

These early milestones created the foundation from which the Atlanta BeltLine would rise, setting leadership and partnership standards which now successfully channel Atlanta’s energy into this ambitious project. Today, 7.9 miles of Atlanta BeltLine trail and 203 acres of parkland are open for public enjoyment, and the Eastside Trail welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors in 2015 alone. We are now at a critical moment in Atlanta BeltLine development when new public funding sources, ever-increasing community involvement, and a major new capital campaign are joining forces to close the 22-mile loop and secure the inevitability of the project’s future, forever changing the face of greater Atlanta.

Capital Fundraising Leadership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is grateful for the civic and corporate leaders who have dedicated their time and talent to the fundraising efforts to drive progress for the Atlanta BeltLine.

2014 – 2015 Capital Campaign
Mayor Kasim Reed, Honorary Chair
James C. Kennedy, Honorary Co-Chair
Philip I. Kent, Honorary Co-Chair
A. Ray Weeks, Jr., Honorary Co-Chair
Matt M. Bronfman, Co-Chair
Michael S. Donnelly, Co-Chair
Ernest L. Greer, Co-Chair
Michael B. Russell, Co-Chair
Jeffrey Sprecher, Co-Chair

2006 – 2013 Capital Campaign
Mayor Kasim Reed, Honorary Chair
The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin, Honorary Chair
James C. Kennedy, Co-Chair
Philip I. Kent, Co-Chair
A. Ray Weeks, Jr. Co-Chair
Herman Russell (Deceased), Co-Chair
Claire L. Arnold
Arthur M. Blank
Stephanie Blank
James R. Borders
Jerome J. Byers II
Bickerton W. Cardwell, Jr.
Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
Ralph Edwards
William C. Fowler
Henry D. Gregory, Jr.
B. Harvey Hill
Philip S. Jacobs
Ingrid Saunders Jones
Lawrence P. Kelly
Mark Lazarus
Dr. Walter E. Massey
Penelope McPhee
James H. Morgens
Laura Turner Seydel
R. Charles Shufeldt
John Somerhalder
The Honorable Andrew J. Young

Capital Projects Funded through the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has raised $55.8 million from capital campaigns and other revenue to invest in Atlanta BeltLine projects and programs. As of December 31, approximately $49.7 million has been invested with the balance already committed to projects underway, including the Westside Trail and the Eastside Trail Southern Extension.

  • Westside Trail
    Groundbreaking

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

  • Westside Trail
    Construction

    Concrete pouring.

  • Westside Trail
    Construction

    Pouring concrete on the Westside Trail.

  • Eastside Trail Southern Extension
    Construction

    Krog Tunnel sidewalk pavers construction.

Key projects funded with private investments facilitated by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership include:

Parks and Greenspace

  • Atlanta BeltLine Urban Farm
  • Boulevard Crossing
  • D.H. Stanton
  • Gordon White
  • Historic Fourth Ward
  • Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark
  • Lang-Carson
  • Arthur Langford, Jr. Skatepark

Completed Trails

  • Eastside
  • Gateway
  • Hiking
  • Northside
  • Southwest Connector (Phase 1)
  • West End

Trails Under Construction

  • Eastside Southern Extension
  • Westside

Parks to be Developed

  • Enota
  • Intrenchment Creek
  • Murphy Crossing

Stay Informed About Progress Around the Atlanta BeltLine

Keep up-to-date on current construction projects around the Atlanta BeltLine, visit the construction progress page.

Capital Donors

Private support of the Atlanta BeltLine will ensure that the city can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity now and in the years to come. Thank you to these amazing donors that provide support to the Atlanta BeltLine!

2006-2015 (10k+)

  • The James M. Cox Foundation/Sarah and Jim Kennedy/PATH Foundation
  • Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
  • Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Susan and Richard Anderson
  • Wells Fargo
  • Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • A. Ray Weeks, Jr. (The Weeks Foundation)
  • SunTrust Foundation and SunTrust Trusteed Foundations:
    • Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund
    • Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust
    • Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund
    • Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust
    • Nell Warren Elkin and William Simpson Elkin Foundation
    • Greene-Sawtell Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Mr. John C. Portman, Jr.
  • Porsche Cars North America
  • A Friend of the Atlanta BeltLine
  • In Memory of Herman J. Russell
  • Mr. Charlie Loudermilk
  • Tull Charitable Foundation
  • The UPS Foundation
  • AGL Resources
  • Fuqua Family Foundations
  • BB&T
  • Mr. James Morgens (Morgens West Foundation)
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
  • Holder Construction Company/Mr. Tommy Holder

 

  • Cousins Properties, Incorporated
  • Richard and Susan Dugas Family Foundation/PulteGroup
  • Mr. Ralph G. Edwards
  • John N. Goddard Foundation
  • IDI Gazeley
  • Intercontinental Exchange
  • Norfolk Southern Foundation
  • Herman J. Russell Foundation
  • Rebecca and John Somerhalder
  • The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund
  • Waterfall Foundation
  • Vasser Woolley Foundation
  • Correll Family Foundation
  • Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Jamestown
  • Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
  • Turner Foundation
  • John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. Timothy Tuff
  • The Arnold Foundation
  • Mr. Philip I. Kent
  • AMLI
  • Bernard and Anne Howell Gray Advised Fund
  • Mr. J. Mack Robinson
  • Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation
  • Zaban Foundation, Inc.
  • Mr. R. Charles Shufeldt
  • John and Mary Franklin Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bickerton Cardwell
  • tvsdesign
  • L&C Wood Family Foundation
  • Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation
  • Livingston Foundation, Inc.
Contact Us

To receive more information about specific Atlanta BeltLine projects requiring private funding or for general inquiries, please contact:

Salisha Evans
Director of Partnerships and Development
Salisha@atlblp.org