Nearly 80 percent of Americans live in cities and metropolitan areas. Increasingly, those cities are challenged by aging water and transportation systems that are nearing or exceeding their designed capacity. A new focus on flood and other natural disaster resilience is driving city planners to leverage mixed-use infrastructure, including parks, to address civic needs while taking advantage of cost savings and other social benefits.
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest urban revitalization programs currently underway in the United States.
The BeltLine is a planned loop of parks, trails, transit, and affordable housing that circles the City of Atlanta. Built mostly in abandoned railway corridors, it will include 33 miles of multi-use trails, 22 miles of light rail transit, 1,300 acres of new greenspace, and 1,100 acres of remediated brownfields. The 8.75 miles of open trails are lined with public art installations and a linear arboretum. The parks and trails are home to hundreds of free fitness classes. The Atlanta BeltLine will ultimately connect 45 in-town neighborhoods, provide first and last mile connectivity for regional transportation initiatives, and put Atlanta on a path to 21st century growth and sustainability.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
Anticipated completion in 2030
|Design Team||Perkins + Will, Kimley Horn|
Managed and operated by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and the City of Atlanta
Latest News / Atlanta BeltLine
During 2019’s final quarterly briefing, held at Atlanta Technical College, Beltline CEO Clyde Higgs and Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd announced that a contractor has been secured for part of the Southside Trail’s construction.
The Atlanta BeltLine is looking for construction firms for the first phase of the Southside Trail. The first section of the Southside Trail plans to extend off the Westside Trail terminus with plans to link the Westside and Eastside sections of the park.