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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BeltLine Study Group Meeting Set for May 10

You are cordially invited to attend a meeting of the Northeast and Southeast Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups on Tuesday, May 10 from 6-7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Trees Atlanta’s offices at 225 Chester Ave, SE, Atlanta, 30316.

Discussion topics will include an update on the Eastside Trail extension project and a review of conceptual layouts for Bill Kennedy Way.

And if you use the BeltLine – especially during evening or nighttime hours – consider making a donation to the BeltLine’s Light the Line campaign to install pedestrian lighting on the Atlanta BeltLine. To learn more about this crowd funding campaign and to make a donation, click here.

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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.

A Taste of Art on the BeltLine

634992871904132500art-on-the-beltlineArt on the BeltLine 2013 kicked off officially on Saturday September 7 with the fourth annual Lantern Parade sponsored by the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton. This was a fun and inspiring event attended by an estimated 10,000 BeltLine enthusiasts – hopefully you had a chance to check it out. If you missed it, click here to view an album of images from the event.

By now, you’ve probably had an opportunity to walk or bike the Eastside Trail and enjoy some of the more than 70 temporary exhibits that have been set up along 8 miles of paved and interim trails of the BeltLine’s 22-mile loop. If not, we biked the section of the trail from the Irwin St. access point into Piedmont Park and took photos of many of the exhibits. We even took pictures of the display cards so you can see who the artist(s) is/are and read a little about their creations. Scroll down for a few highlights; click here to view an online album with all the photos.

In addition to the temporary art exhibits you can also enjoy live performances at various venues along the BeltLine each weekend. For more information about Art on the BeltLine including a schedule of live performances, click here.

Titled Moving Elements, this creation from Ana Maria Paramo sits on the east side of the trail near the Kevin Rathbun Steak restaurant.

‘Moving Elements’ by Ana Maria Paramo sits on the east side of the trail near the Kevin Rathbun Steak restaurant.

These hanging 'sculptures' are crafted from plastic barrier fencing. Chris Jones and Bud Shenefelt's creation titled Tissue: Permutations can be seen under the N. Highland Ave. overpass.

These hanging ‘sculptures’ are crafted from plastic barrier fencing. Chris Jones and Bud Shenefelt’s creation titled ‘Tissue: Permutations’ can be seen under the N. Highland Ave. overpass.

This is a straight-on view of William Massey's The Object of Ma(tt)n. As you approach the exhibit from the south or north, it looks like nothing more than a pile of industrial junk. Not so when you reach the standing frame.

This is a straight-on view of William Massey’s ‘The Object of Ma(tt)n’. As you approach the exhibit from the south or north, it looks like nothing more than a pile of industrial junk (see online album for side views). Not so when you reach the standing frame. This exhibit is under the Freedom Pkwy. overpass.

Cecilia Lueza's Tower of Seasons was inspired by the four seasons of the year: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.

Cecilia Lueza’s ‘Tower of Seasons’ was inspired by the four seasons of the year: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. This exhibit is on the east side of the trail just across from the skatepark.

David Lewis Bean's If You Build It, They Will Come is a functional bike rack with tubular bells hanging above it that plays Georgia On My Mind when struck. Very cool.

David Lewis Bean’s ‘If You Build It, They Will Come’ is a fully functional bike rack with tubular bells hanging above it that plays Georgia On My Mind when struck. Very cool. This exhibit is on the east side of the trail near Two Urban Licks.

Terri Dilling's 'From Stardust to Us' is a creative timeline that explores how life developed over time - from stardust to us.

Terri Dilling’s ‘From Stardust to Us’ is a creative timeline that explores how life developed over time – from stardust to us. This exhibit sits just inside the Angier Springs access point.

'A Million Flecks of Light' from The Experience Collective adorns the fencing along the trail's east side just south of the Ponce bridge (between Ford Factory Lofts and Ponce City Market).

‘A Million Flecks of Light’ from The Experience Collective adorns the fencing along the trail’s east side just south of the Ponce bridge (between Ford Factory Lofts and Ponce City Market).

Misao Cates' 'Forest of My Three Words' is an interactive display in which visitors are challenged to express themselves by writing three words on a ribbon, then tying the ribbon to a post.

Misao Cates’ ‘Forest of My Three Words’ is an interactive display in which visitors are challenged to express themselves by writing three words on a ribbon, then tying the ribbon to a post.

 

 

Trees Atlanta Update

From announcing its first-ever native plant sale to planting native grasses and wildflowers along the Eastside BeltLine trail to kicking off walking tours of the new Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, there’s a lot going on at Trees Atlanta these days. The organization’s communications manager Bethany Clark sent us the following update.

1st Annual Native Perennial Wildflower and Vine Sale

Trees Atlanta will hold its first-ever native plant sale Saturday April 6th from 8 AM to 1 PM at the organization’s Kendeda Center located at 225 Chester Ave. in Reynoldstown. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is the event sponsor and proceeds from the sale will benefit Trees Atlanta’s youth education programs.

The sale will feature native, pollinator-friendly plants, and will also specialize in perennials that will be planted along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. The full plant list can be viewed on Trees Atlanta’s website at www.treesatlanta.org.

Trees Atlanta’s big annual sale is usually held in October, but this year the local tree-planting non-profit is introducing a new plant sale to coincide with its new education program: Birds, Butterflies, and Bees.

New Eastside Trail Meadow to Feature Native Grasses, Wildflowers

Starting in March and continuing through May, Trees Atlanta will plant 109,000 native grass and wildflower plugs along nearly 8.5 acres of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. These plugs will grow into a native meadow that will become a much-needed source of nesting sites, food, and protection for birds, butterflies, bees, and more. Replanting native meadows is a new sustainable landscape trend in the southeastern U.S. In addition to creating natural habitat, the maintenance of meadows requires less fuel, water, and pesticides.

Trees Atlanta needs plenty of volunteers to help plant the meadow. Anyone interested in volunteering can find dates and location details for the three-month project at www.treesatlanta.org/calendar.

The meadow Trees Atlanta is planting this spring will be unique because it is growing right in the central urban context of the Atlanta BeltLine and its new Arboretum (see item below).

BeltLine Arboretum Becoming Reality

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum (ABA) is a continuous loop of natural areas around the Atlanta BeltLine. An arboretum (pronounced ar•bor•ree•tum) is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants, such as trees and/or flowers. While most arboretums are located at a single address, the ABA will be a linear arboretum that encircles the entire city of Atlanta.

The ABA is a collective effort of Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine, and members of the surrounding community. Comprised of trees, native grasses, wildflowers, art, and much more, the ABA forms a natural connection between 22 miles of Atlanta neighborhoods, trails, transit, and parks, while also attracting wildlife to a continuous corridor of habitat.

You may have already noticed the 600+ trees that Trees Atlanta planted last fall on the Eastside Trail: magnolias, sassafras, long leaf pines, hornbeams, oaks, elms, tulip poplars, hickories, dogwoods, redbuds, and more are all part of the ABA. And that’s just on the Eastside Trail! The arboretum will continue to develop as the Atlanta BeltLine itself continues to expand.

When fully planted, the meadow on the Eastside Trail will consist of more than 43 different species of grasses and forbs (forbs being herbs that are not grass or grass-like). The species will be planted and labeled in such a way as to make identification as easy as possible for visitors and native plant enthusiasts. In years to come, similar meadows will appear along the entire ABA, creating one giant outdoor classroom.

Planting a project this big requires teamwork! Trees Atlanta is partnering with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on a research component to the meadow. On March 1st and 2nd the Center conducted workshops to train community volunteers, contractors, and design professionals to properly install meadows and collect data for the ABA’s first research project and paper.

From March through May, the planting will take place. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed to help Trees Atlanta plant the meadow. If you are interested in volunteering, Trees Atlanta will lead plantings on select weekday and weekend mornings from 9 AM to 12 Noon in March, April, and May. Check the Trees Atlanta calendar for information and to RSVP: www.treesatlanta.org/calendar.

Docent Walking Tours of the BeltLine Arboretum to Start on April 12

Beginning April 12, Eastside Trail visitors will be able to register for an Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docent Walking Tour. The walking tours will be led by well-trained experts called docents who will help tour-goers explore the Eastside Trail while focusing particularly on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about the BeltLine. The walking tour takes approximately 90 minutes and begins from an easily-accessible trailhead in Inman Park. Each docent will prepare his or her own unique talking points to spotlight native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and more.

To take advantage of this free walking tour, which is offered all year so you can experience every season of the ABA with a trained docent, contact Kate Baltzell at Trees Atlanta at KateB@treesatlanta.org. Online registration will begin soon. Special group accommodations will be available.

Trees Atlanta thanks Kaiser Permanente for helping to make the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docent Program possible.

For more information on these programs, please visit www.treesatlanta.org or contact Bethany Clark at 404-681-4892.