Westview Community Organization President Ayana Gabriel was interviewed as part of Intown Atlanta’s coverage of the groundbreaking of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, marked a historic milestone for Westview and southwest Atlanta as the Atlanta BeltLine broke ground on the Westside Trail. The event brought out the Atlanta BeltLine staff, Mayor Kasim Reed and city and state officials, neighborhood residents, and a whole lot of press.
The Westside Trail will be under construction for the next two years. Once complete the 3-mile path, featuring 14-foot wide concrete multi-use trail, pedestrian lighting, security cameras, landscaping, retaining walls, and 16 access points, will run from Washington Park through Westview to Adair Park.
To see photos of the BeltLine Westside Trail Groundbreaking view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.
Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership invite you to the groundbreaking of the Westside Trail.
Join the Atlanta BeltLine for a celebration as they break ground on the next significant milestone: the Westside Trail. The ceremony will take place on the Westside Trail where it intersects Allene Avenue (between Catherine Street and the Urban Farm) in historic Adair Park.
The ceremony site is accessible from the West End and Oakland City MARTA stations on the red / gold lines. From the West End station, take the 95 bus down Metropolitan. From the Oakland City station, take the 193 bus to Sylvan Road.
BIKING / WALKING
Biking and walking to the ceremony is encouraged and is an opportunity to use the interim hiking trail before it goes into construction. Bike racks will be available for locking up your bike at the event. Riding a bike in the corridor requires a suitable all-terrain bike.
On-street parking is available on Allene Avenue, Catherine Street, and Lexington Avenue. For navigation purposes, enter 1076 Allene Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
ABOUT THE WESTSIDE TRAIL
The Westside Trail is a three-mile multi-use trail that will connect Washington Park in the north to Adair Park in the south with connectivity to multiple neighborhoods in between. This historic investment in southwest Atlanta will create a bicycle-and pedestrian-safe corridor with connections to four schools, four parks, and the future Urban Farm. It will stitch together economic nodes via shared-use trails, trailheads, and access points all while preserving the corridor for future streetcar transit. The design includes lighting, cameras, and ADA-accessible entry points. Visit our Westside Trail construction page for more information.
The Westside Trail is made possible through a U.S. DOT TIGER V grant of $18 million, a local match from the Georgia Department of Transportation for $9.5 million, funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation Improvement Plan, and the generous support of the following:
> James M. Cox Foundation / PATH Foundation
> Kaiser Permanente
> Susan and Richard Anderson
> Wells Fargo
> Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.
> AGL Resources
> Ray Weeks, Jr.
> Cousins Properties
> Richard and Susan Dugas Family Foundation
> Georgia-Pacific Foundation
> SunTrust Trusteed Foundations:
Harriet McDaniel Marshall Trust and Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund
> John W. Somerhalder II
> Philip I. Kent
> Mr. and Mrs. R. Charles Shufeldt
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Location: Beecher Hills Elementary School, 2257 Bollingbrook Drive, 30311
Details: Southwest Connector Trail the Next Link in 33-Mile Network of Paved Trails
This PATH Foundation-led project will ultimately connect to the Atlanta BeltLine through the Westview neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.
The Southwest Connector Trail winds through a serene stretch of woods, originating at the existing Lionel Hampton Trail, passing by Beecher Hills Elementary School, and emerging onto Westwood Avenue. When complete, this trail will run 4.5 miles. With connections between the Beecher Hills and Westwood Terrace neighborhoods, the trail will allow for improved access to Beecher Hills Elementary School.
Text and photograph source: Atlanta BeltLine
Westview’s BeltLine groundbreaking on December 12th, 2009 at Lucile Avenue and Muse Street is featured in this BeltLine video! The video additionally features West End’s trail (Phase I), which is interconnected with Westview’s trail (Phase II).