Atlanta BeltLine Schedules Fourth Quarterly Briefing of 2016

The folks at the Atlanta BeltLine invite you to join them at the upcoming Atlanta Beltline Fourth Quarterly Briefing of 2016 on December 6.  Please pass the word along to your family and friends and encourage anyone who wants to hear about the latest Atlanta BeltLine developments to attend.

Fourth Quarterly Briefing of 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm

Fulton County Government Center, Board of Commissioners Auditorium

141 Pryor Street SW

Atlanta, GA, 30303

In this public meeting, you will be provided project updates from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.  Following the formal presentation, staff will be available in an open house format to answer questions and to discuss all aspects of the project.

A limited number of Underground Atlanta parking deck validation vouchers will be available at the sign-in table.

Please see the flyer below for more details

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Atlanta BeltLine Hosts Meeting to Discuss Eastside Trail Extension, Road Closures

The Atlanta BeltLine invites you to attend a meeting this week where an update will be given on the Eastside Trail extension project, including a review of road closures on Wylie and Irwin Streets. Information will also be shared about the BeltLine’s downpayment assistance program.

The meeting will be held this Thursday, August 4 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, 30312.

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Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade: What You Need to Know

Lantern Parade Image #1From our friends at the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., here’s the essential 411 for anyone planning to attend this Saturday’s Lantern Parade:

The annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade will mark the opening of the fifth year of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine on Saturday, September 6. Parade-goers are encouraged to gather at 7:30 p.m. with their lanterns at the southern end of the Eastside Trail along Irwin Street / Lake Avenue. The street will be closed from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. between Auburn Avenue and Krog Street. The parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. and move from Irwin Street north to Piedmont Park. After walking the 2-mile Eastside Trail, the parade will guide into the green at Piedmont Park, where Park Tavern is hosting an event with live music and refreshments for sale. The parade will end two miles from the starting point.

Lantern Parade Image #2The interim hiking trail south of Irwin Street will be open for staging for the four marching bands and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the parade leaders. The ramp from the Edgewood Avenue bridge will be open for use and participants may join the line-up from Edgewood Avenue, or may walk up Airline Street from DeKalb Avenue. After step-off, the parade will also be accessible from any access point on the Atlanta BeltLine, including the newly opened Eastside Trail Gateway from Historic Fourth Ward Park. See beltline.org/explore/maps/ or download our mobile app for Android and Apple phones for a map of the Eastside Trail and all access points.

th-11Parking is extremely limited, so alternative transportation to the parade is strongly encouraged. Many MARTA stations in the metro area offer free parking to transit riders. The Inman Park/Reynoldstown and King Memorial MARTA train stations are a few blocks away from the start of the event. The Midtown MARTA station is six blocks from the endpoint of the parade. For more information on MARTA train and bus schedules, please visit www.itsmarta.com.

HR-Lantern-websizedPaid parking is available in the Piedmont Park Parking Deck and the Park Tavern parking lot. Additional parking is available along neighborhood streets, including Edgewood Avenue at the beginning of the parade and 10th Street at the end of the parade.

Taking a cab, carpooling, and biking are also encouraged, though bicyclists will need to dismount and walk their bikes during the parade. Pets are welcome and must be kept on a six-foot leash.

Two EMTs and several officers from the Atlanta Police Department’s Path Force Unit will be present at the parade. Portable restrooms and trash cans will be available. NO fire is permitted at the event – all lanterns must be lit by LED.Atlanta BeltLine lanterns will be available for sale at the beginning of the event and provided with a pole. For more information, visit art.beltline.org/lantern-parade/.

BeltLine Moves Forward; Streetcar Approaches

By: Jess Windham

IMG_5835Living in Virginia-Highland, we have the good fortune of having nearby access to the BeltLine Eastside Trail. Whether you want to walk up to our newest, closest brewery Orpheus, bike to the soon-to-be-connected Historic Fourth Ward Park, or roller blade down to Chomp and Stomp for some chili, the BeltLine provides a fun, healthy and sustainable way to get to many of your destinations.

As much as we love the BeltLine now, there’s much more to come. The BeltLine aims to be more than a passive park loop for pedestrians and cyclists; there are plans for a light-rail transit corridor connecting both the first and future phases of the Atlanta Streetcar system, MARTA heavy rail, and the pedestrian/cycle trail we have grown to love. In terms of urban transit network development, using the BeltLine corridor for light rail will be the most feasible, attainable and affordable approach to developing Atlanta and Atlanta connectivity. You can find a full System Plan with map right here on the BeltLine’s website.

There’s much work yet to be done. For example, not all of the BeltLine’s 22-mile loop has been determined, funded, or acquired. Currently, BeltLine, Inc. is assessing possible transit routes in three specific focus areas: BeltLine East, BeltLine West and North Ave/Luckie Street.

Each focus area is undergoing an environmental assessment to vet alignment options and see what will likely work best for light rail functionality and the surrounding neighborhood. What looks reasonable on a map might not be feasible as you consider current car and cycle infrastructure, power and utility services, the surrounding neighborhood, and the always-present quandary of what the future holds. Current options have been narrowed down from a myriad of possible paths and now present practical, realistic routes for consideration.

ASC-Splash-VisionAs the transit goes, so, too, will the pedestrian and cycle track, with transit presenting the greatest logistical challenge. For BeltLine East, Hulsey Yard sits in the path of the straightest connection between the current terminus at Irwin Street and Bill Kennedy Way near Glenwood Park. Three options are being reviewed, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

  • Option 1 follows future Streetcar expansion on Edgewood Ave., then goes south down Jackson Street to MARTA’s King Memorial Station. From there the line goes east down Memorial Drive.
  • Option 2 goes straight south down Krog St. with a modified or new tunnel to Wylie Street, then east toward the Eastside Trail.
  • Option 3 continues the Edgewood Ave. line to MARTA Inman Park/Reynoldstown Station then winds down Walthall to Wylie Street and the Eastside Trail.

While all of that is in the works and being discussed, Phase 1 of the Atlanta Streetcar aims to be up and running around September or October. They recently announced that over the next 60 to 90 days the rails will be tested to make sure the system is fully functional and safe before passengers begin riding the 2.7 mile loop.

Atlanta Streetcar’s first loop runs at 20 miles per hour in a counter-clockwise loop from Centennial Olympic Park, through Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, past Georgia State and Sweet Auburn Market, continuing up Edgewood Ave to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. From there, streetcars run west on Auburn Ave to Woodruff Park, up to Peachtree Center station, and back to Centennial Olympic Park.

For presentations and maps of the Transit Route Options, click here.

2014 Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour Set for June 14

ABC LogoBeltline_logo_finalPassing along the following from our friends at the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership:

The Atlanta Beltline Partnership and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition are teaming up for the 7th Annual Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Featuring “The Full Atlanta BeltLine” 27-mile route and “Atlanta BeltLine East Meets West” 16-mile route, the Tour will celebrate cycling and the city while tracing the current and proposed Atlanta BeltLine corridor along paths, parks, and neighboring streets through 45 Atlanta neighborhoods. 

  • The Full Atlanta BeltLine (27 miles) – This route traces the entire Atlanta BeltLine corridor and will make you fall in love with Atlanta.  Some highlights include: the Eastside Trail, the Ormewood Ave railroad bridge, D.H. Stanton Park (and splashpad), the Oakland City Urban Farm site, the West End Trail, Mozley Park, the Lionel Hampton Trail, Washington Park, the Northside Trail, Tanyard Creek Park, and Piedmont Park.
  • Atlanta BeltLine East Meets West (16 miles) – This more-condensed option takes you along a section of the Eastside trail before crossing town to some beautiful parks along the Atlanta BeltLine’s west side.  Highlights include: the Sweet Auburn Historic District, Adair Park, the Oakland City Urban Farm site, the West End Trail, Mozley Park, the Lionel Hampton Trail, Washington Park, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Freedom Park trail.

“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is pleased to partner with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to offer this popular event to Atlantans once again,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Interim Director Rob Brawner. “The community has responded with tremendous enthusiasm to the Atlanta BeltLine Annual Bicycle Tour, as well as the many other programs and fitness classes we have to offer. It’s encouraging to see the project transforming lives and having such an immediate impact on our residents.”

“The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition started this event in 2008 to celebrate the Atlanta BeltLine’s role in making biking practical, popular, safe, and convenient,” said Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna. “Atlanta is becoming a more bikeable and walkable city, and this tour celebrates the potential.”

When:   June 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Arrive by 8 a.m.)

Where: Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, 830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Registration: Advance registration is $35 adults ($30 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition); On site registration rates (if ride is not sold out) are $45 adults ($40 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition) and will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Staggered ride starts beginning at 9 a. m. Details and registration are available at atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com.

For any ride-specific questions, please contact erik@atlantabike.org.

Earth Day on the Atlanta BeltLine

Beltline_logo_finalVolunteers to Remove Invasive Bamboo on the Northeast Hiking Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine

Registration is underway for the 2014 Earth Day on the Atlanta BeltLine on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Tool Bank, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, and neighborhood partners are working together to clear invasive bamboo and debris along the Northeast Hiking Trail to celebrate this year’s Earth Day on the Atlanta BeltLine.

With the popularity of the Eastside Trail, this stretch of interim hiking trail is getting more and more use. With your help, we will continue to improve the experience as people use the Atlanta BeltLine to connect between Piedmont Park and surrounding amenities. Additionally, removing invasive plant species will increase the area available for native plants to grow, helping to support the local wildlife food web.

Volunteers should wear sturdy, close-toed shoes, long sleeves and pants, work gloves (extra gloves will be available), and should bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen. Be prepared for moderate to heavy work. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014

All volunteers should arrive at the site by 8:30 a.m. to check in and should bring a signed waiver, which can be accessed from the registration website. Activities begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at noon.

Volunteer Registration: earthdayonatlbeltline14.eventbrite.com

Where: Atlanta BeltLine Northeast Hiking Trail

Volunteer check in will be near Park Tavern at the corner of 10th St. and Monroe.  Please look for the check in tables manned by Keep Atlanta Beautiful representatives.

Eastside Trail Gateway Groundbreaking Set for This Friday

Beltline_logo_finalThe long-awaited connection between the Eastside BeltLine trail and popular Historic Fourth Ward Park is finally becoming reality.

The groundbreaking celebration for the gateway that will connect the trail and the park will take place this Friday January 17 at 10 AM on the Eastside Trail overlooking Historic Fourth Ward Park at the Angier Springs Road access point. Access is available via Somerset Avenue off of North Avenue. Parking is available on Somerset Avenue and Angier Springs Road.

DSC_0024The Gateway is an ADA-accessible trail that will connect Historic Fourth Ward Park directly to the two-mile paved portion of the Eastside Trail, running from Inman Park to Piedmont Park. The path will begin across from the Angier Springs Road access point of the Eastside Trail, and wind down the hill toward the park, connecting at Dallas Street and North Angier Avenue. The design includes landscaping, retaining walls, lighting, and green infrastructure stormwater design.

The Eastside Trail Gateway is made possible by generous contributions from donors to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership: A Friend of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership; the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation; the John N. Goddard Foundation; and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

For more information, click here.

Atlanta BeltLine Offers Free Fitness Classes

Beltline_logo_finalLooking for a convenient and inexpensive way to shed some of those holiday pounds? If so, check this out from our friends at the Atlanta BeltLine:

The Atlanta BeltLine is hosting FREE fitness classes!  We would like to invite you to participate in getting fit on the Atlanta BeltLine from now through March 31. This fitness campaign will offer something for everyone, so if this is your first class or your 50th, don’t miss out on this fun new way to enjoy time with your community.

Click here for more information.

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K Road Race Set for December 7

BLP_Runningseries_logo (2)Passing this along from our friends at the Atlanta BeltLine:

Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Announces Eastside 10K on Saturday, Dec. 7

Peachtree Qualifier Event Also Features Alumni Tailgate and Neighborhood Challenges

ATLANTA (Oct. 8, 2013) The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series(R) announced today its third annual Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. A Peachtree Qualifier, the race will kick off at Stoveworks at 112 Krog Street Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30307 at 10 a.m. Race day activities include the highly-popular College Alumni Tailgate Challenge and the Neighborhood Challenge.

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Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin

“As a Peachtree Qualifier, the demand for the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K has been enormous, and even sold out last year,” said Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Race Director Dan Popovic. “Since the Peachtree Road Race began assigning start positions based on performance in qualifier races, this ups the ante on the value of participation to the running community.”

This run/walk on the Eastside Trail winds through the Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland, and Virginia Highland neighborhoods.  Participants will pass by the new Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park, take in beautiful vistas of downtown and midtown Atlanta, travel an off-road stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, and enjoy a jaunt through Piedmont Park.

“The Eastside Trail is the hottest thing to happen to Atlanta in years. Every week, thousands of Atlantans use the Eastside Trail for fitness, fun, access and connectivity,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson.  “We hope to see participants of all fitness levels running and walking the Eastside 10K.”

Race Day Activities

  • Alumni Tailgate Challenge – Coinciding with the day of the SEC Championship and Championship Saturday, the Eastside 10K features an exciting Tailgate Challenge that encourages college football fans to represent their schools and enjoy a rigorous run before heading into the evening’s football programming.
  • Neighborhood Challenge – Atlanta neighborhood associations will compete for a $500 cash purse to be divided among the fastest, largest, and most spirited neighborhood teams.  “Atlanta’s neighborhood associations are rallying at the opportunity to compete for BeltLine bragging rights and potentially win some cash to support their community,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Program Director, Rob Brawner.
Running by Ponce City Market

Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin

More details about the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series – including the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K, challenges and other races, can be found at http://Run.BeltLine.org. Participants are encouraged to register by December 4, when registration will increase from $38 to $45. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to achieve the positive social impacts of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Announces Free Fitness Programs

IBeltline_logo_finalnitial Programs Include Aerobics, Intro to FitWit and Soccer Street Cups

Passing this along from our friends at the Atlanta BeltLine:

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership announces the launch of free, fun fitness activities at parks and trails around the Atlanta BeltLine. Offered in cooperation with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Pride and other health-centric organizations, the program is designed to engage the community in healthy, active lifestyles. Grant funding for the programs is provided through the Coca-Cola Company, awarded to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership this year.

“In fulfilling the Atlanta BeltLine vision, it is our goal to address the health disparities around Atlanta by getting Atlantans of all ages, races, and fitness levels out and moving,” said Atlanta BeltLine Executive Director Valarie Wilson. “We are grateful for the support of the many partners who are helping make the vision of a healthier Atlanta possible.”

The initial offering of programs includes aerobics classes and an introduction to FitWit that will accommodate all ages and fitness levels, as well as the first Soccer Street Cup for youth of all ages. The line-up includes:

Street Cup at D.H. Stanton Park

What: Youth soccer tournament that promotes character development. Teams are mixed to accommodate all skill levels.

When: Sunday, October 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: D.H. Stanton Park – 1052 Martin St. SE, Atlanta, GA

Cost: FREE

Aerobics at Historic Fourth Ward Park

What: Energizing 60 minute workout for all ages.

When: Tuesdays in November at 6 p.m.

Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, by the lake – 680 Dallas St., Atlanta, GA

Cost: FREE

Aerobics at Boulevard Crossing Park

What: Energizing 60 minute workout for all ages.

When: Saturdays in November at 9 a.m.

Where: Boulevard Crossing Park (Lower Field Pavilion) – 500 Englewood Ave., Atlanta, GA

Cost: FREE

Introduction to FitWit at Gordon White Park

What: 60 minute workouts for all fitness levels combining equipment and natural landscapes.

When: Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m.

Where: Gordon White Park – 1200 White St., Atlanta, GA

Cost: FREE

For additional information, please visit Events.BeltLine.org.