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Project Update: The Atlanta BeltLine

June 13, 2017
Map of Atlanta BeltLine

One of Atlanta’s latest and greatest outdoor attractions is the new(ish) Atlanta BeltLine. When the project is complete — anticipated for 2030 — it will loop around Atlanta with 22 miles of modern streetcar, 33 miles of multi-use trail, and 2,000 acres of parks.

In 2010, we saw the first piece of the BeltLine, the West End Trail, finished. This piece of the trail stretches just over 2 miles from West End to Westview. With the Eastside Trail stretching 2 miles from 10th Street to Monroe Drive since 2012, millennials and families all over Atlanta patiently wait to see the BeltLine in its final state.

Current Construction — Summer 2017

The Westside Trail is currently under construction and set to open later this summer. This 3-mile trail will run north from Adair Park to Washington Park on the westside of Atlanta.

At the same time, the southern extension of the Eastside Trail is also underway, connecting the already-finished trail at Krog Street running south to Kirkwood. The famous Krog Street Tunnel already has new sidewalk pavers installed and will soon boast new handrails. The Atlanta BeltLine Team hopes to complete the Eastside extension this summer.

To address pedestrian safety, BeltLine contractors will alternate Krog Tunnel lane closures through July 21. They will install new lighting and handrails in the tunnel and a pedestrian scramble at the intersection of Krog Street and DeKalb Avenue. Find construction dates and detour routes online.

The Eastside Trail

If you haven’t been on the Eastside Trail yet, you need to go! Not only is it the best place to ride your bike, take a run, and explore the east side of the city, but it’s also got great stops along the way. Curving through some of Atlanta’s classic neighborhoods like Old Fourth Ward and Virginia Highlands, the Eastside Trail offers easy access to patio brunches and famous chefs.

A map of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. It includes access points to the trail, Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park, and the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station.
Map source: https://beltline.org/trails/eastside-trail/

Ponce City Market is one of many great stops in the Eastside Trail. With unique restaurants, eclectic shops, and rooftop putt-putt, Ponce City Market offers entertainment for the whole family.

Want to check out the Atlanta art scene? The Eastside Trail hosts work and performances from local artists and musicians with Art on the BeltLine. You can see year-round and temporary art, watch one-time performances, and join in on special events like the annual Lantern Parade. Sometimes you can even hear a local entertainer playing their music along the way.

Trail hours follow the City of Atlanta park hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Destination: BeltLine

Whether food, art, events, or tours, all pieces of the Atlanta BeltLine have something to offer.

Get fit! No matter where you are in Atlanta, there’s a free fitness class near you. Or you can stay active with a Run.Walk.Go Races. If you’re more of a free spirit, take the BeltLine to Piedmont Park and set your own plan.

And best of all, the BeltLine is kind to our environment. The Atlanta BeltLine has partnered with Trees Atlanta to regrow Atlanta’s urban forest by planting trees and educating the community. So far, Trees Atlanta has planted 10 acres of 43 grass and wildflower species along the Eastside Trail. On the Westside Trail, they’re currently expanding the arboretum to add over 30 acres of greenspace. Learn more about the BeltLine’s many environmental initiatives and sustainability methods.

Looking for outdoors adventures in the city? Check out all of the trails, parks, and events on the BeltLine website. Find the latest updates on their blog, and follow Atlanta BeltLine on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Author

Chelsea Stephens is the Marketing Specialist for GeorgiaGov. A Georgia native herself, Chelsea ensures the content on Georgia.gov provides accurate information to all constituents of Georgia. She graduated with a degree in Marketing and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

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