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Friday, November 16, 2012

Beltline's $3 million gift will help pay for Eastside Trail extension, link from path to Historic Fourth Ward Park

The Atlanta Beltlines Eastside Trail during Atlanta Streets Alive earlier this year
  • Christopher Martin
  • The Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail during Atlanta Streets Alive earlier this year
The Woodruff Foundation's $3 million gift could help link the Atlanta Beltline with one of its key greenspaces and help extend the trail to such vibrant neighborhoods as Cabbagetown, Reynoldtown, and Glenwood Park. Maria Saporta mentioned reports (sub. req'd.):

Half of the donation will go towards extending the Eastside Trail by 1.5 miles from DeKalb Avenue through the Krog Street tunnel to Glenwood Avenue.

The other half will go toward buying a strip of land between the Beltline's Eastside Trail and the Historic Fourth Ward Park as well as developing "the Gateway" - a connecting trail between the Beltline and the park.

That strip of land's located next door to the Masquerade and is owned by the Trust for Public Land, which wants to recoup what it spent on the property. Beltline officials are already looking at possible designs.

The gift won't completely fund the projects. Valarie Wilson of the Beltline Partnership, the Beltline's fundraising arm, tells Saporta the total cost of the Historic Fourth Ward Park link and the trail extension is approximately $9 million. There's also no set timeline for when they'll be built.

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