Washington Park Jamboree
Police officers and children play at the Washington Park Jamboree, a fundraiser for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.
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 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.
The groundbreaking of the Westside Trail was marked with the ceremonial breaking of ground at the Allene Avenue trailhead. Photo: Christopher T. Martin
Pouring concrete on the Westside Trail.
Eastside Trail Southern Extension
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
- Arthur Langford, Jr. Skatepark
- Southwest Connector (Phase 1)
- West End
Trails Under Construction
- Eastside Southern Extension
Parks to be Developed
- Intrenchment Creek
- Murphy Crossing
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!
- 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
- 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.
- Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
- Turner Foundation
- John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
- Mr. Timothy Tuff
- The Arnold Foundation
- Mr. Philip I. Kent
- 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
- L&C Wood Family Foundation
- Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation
- Livingston Foundation, Inc.