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Atlanta BeltLine's Southwest Connector Trail set to Break Ground in Beecher Hills

The promised paved trail by the Atlanta Beltline is set to break ground in January.

An announcement was just released by the Atlanta Beltline, that they are set to break ground on the Southwest Connector Trail on January 12th at Beecher Hills Elementary.  The trail winds through a stretch of woods, originating at the existing Lionel Hampton Trail, passing by Beecher Hills Elementary School, and emerging onto Westwood Avenue.

The Southwest Connector Trail is a PATH Foundation-led project that will ultimately connect to the Atlanta BeltLine through the Westview neighborhood in southwest Atlanta as part of the 33-mile network of paved trails.

The public is invited and urged to attend the ground breaking on January 12, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Beecher Hills Elementary School. 

It is vital that the community be vocal and present at all phases of the Beltline development, so that we can be aware of everything that is planned as part of this project comes directly through some of our neighborhoods.

When complete, this SW trail will run 4.5 miles.

In theory this may make for a great walking and bike trail, what do you think?  Are you excited for the coming paved trail and light-rail, or are there other negative effects that this trail will bring? Tell us in the comments section.

Todd Smith December 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I love it as I have been a SW Atlanta resident for over 30 years. Its about time !!!!
Nia Knowles December 19, 2012 at 01:34 PM
This is great news! I'm curious to see how this connection will tie into the others..initially, 6yrs ago when I started with the Beltline team in door to door canvasing I had a different picture in mind, I thought the paths would all connect and I could walk the 22miles without leaving it. But, there appears to be some slight disconnection, i.e. Westwood is several streets away from Muse Street- the other Westview Beltline path. I guess, I will have to wait until it's all complete to have that "Ah Ha" moment.
Cj Ishmael December 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Nia, I am much like you in that I wanted the paths to be done in an interconnecting favor; I guess we will have to wait. In the meantime I will continue to run the ones that are completed.
JT December 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I am very excited to see continued progress on the belt line trail. While I may have to work during the ground breaking ceremony, I will definitely tell all my friends who live near the area to check out the trail once it is complete! I will definitely have my nephew and bike ready!
Jair Sweatman January 12, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The Atlanta Beltline is a project that will transform, not just SW Atlanta, but the entire City of Atlanta. Already the progress being made has been the catalyst for change in the surrounding areas. I would encourage everyone who has not already done so, to reserve a seat for the free Atlanta Beltline Tours (http://beltline.org/programs/atlanta-beltline-tours/) and explore the route with a knowledgeable tour guide as you wind your way from Inman Park, through Grant Park, Adair Park, our local community, to the new Atlanta Reservoir Park, north through Peachtree Hills, over to Ansley Mall and Piedmont Park and through the Historic Fourth Ward area. The tours are free to the public, but you must sign up in advance on the website. And after you have enjoyed the tour, please consider volunteering to help spread the word and educate your friends and neighbors throughout Atlanta on the incredible project our city has begun (http://beltline.org/get-involved/volunteer/). You can be one of those who helps create the change that will forever transform our city. For more information on all the ways the Atlanta Beltline is changing our city, please visit: beltline.org

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