“The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion redevelopment project that will shape the way Atlanta grows over the next 25 years and beyond. The project proposes a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other by streetcar or light rail.” – BeltLine.org
To read more about the BeltLine go to www.beltline.org.
Westview is located in the BeltLine Southwest Study Area (Sub Area 1: Abernathy-Cascade). The master plan was developed through a series of hands-on workshops that involved neighbors and community leaders.
Full planning documentation can be viewed on the BeltLine website.
The final master plan was presented on Thursday, August 26th, 2011.
The Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail began construction in the fall of 2014. Construction took three years to complete. The trail runs from Washington Park to Adair Park, passing through the eastern edge of the Westview neighborhood. The total cost of the project was $43 million and opened to the public in 2017. Additional segments of the Westside Trail are still under construction.
The trail features a 14-foot wide concrete multi-use trail, pedestrian lighting, security cameras, landscaping, retaining walls, 14 access points, and important infrastructure to prepare for BeltLine transit.
Construction on Enota Park is slated to start in 2024!
When complete, Enota Park will act as the gateway to the Westview neighborhood. The proposed park will be built between the BeltLine corridor along Langhorn Street and Enota Place. Enota Park will feature a number of amenities: a multi-purpose playing field, a full size basketball court, playgrounds, an event lawn, a restored creek bed, and a community garden.
The plans for Enota Park were developed during the BeltLine Sub Area 1: Abernathy-Cascade master planning process. Currently the BeltLine is acquiring the parcels needed to develop the park.
Currently Enota Park is a small playlot located on Enota Place.
A BeltLine transit stop will be located in Westview near Enota Park. This stop is only a block and a half from the Westview commercial district along Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. A second transit stop is planned for the Kroger Citi Center at the intersection of Cascade Ave. and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. The proposed light rail will connect the neighborhood with the rest of the city.
Art on the BeltLine
Art on the BeltLine showcases local artists through installations, murals, and live performances along the 22-mile loop. Residents and visitors are encouraged to find and explore these temporary art installations.
Art installations started to appear in Westview in 2010. In 2011 the project grew and showcased five new projects. Along Langhorn Street signs point toward the “BeltLine Bears”. Hidden behind a retaining wall the mural appears – hundreds of bears of various colors and facial expressions look towards the BeltLine train corridor. Down into the corridor behind the bears a plastic box called “Shrines for Ordinary Spaces” appears. The box contains little cereal box art pieces of a man forming a heart. Visitors are encouraged to take one and place it in a meaningful place. A little further along, just before the arches made by the Lucile Avenue overpass, clay doves spot the train corridor path. The clay doves are an addition to the existing mural by the same artist from the prior year, featuring mosaic waves and birds. Just after the overpass a group of neatly arranged wooden sticks appear out of the ground. And finally, just before the BeltLine hits Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, a bright mural of a family appears on a retaining wall along Muse Street.
To view photos of the artwork visit Westview’s Facebook page.