We’ve run out of time. Thanks, everyone, for joining us! And a special thanks to Ethan Davidson for helping us with your questions. Remember to check out www.beltline.org for updates on the project, and follow the AJC’s coverage of the Beltline at www.myajc.com/beltline. Check out Ben’s full report on Sunday and see you on the trails!
I like to start at Ansley Mall and run down Monroe to the end of the Eastside trail and back. Estimated to be about a 6 mile loop. (At least that's what I choose to believe!)
@Eric - it's probably too soon to say definitively one way or the other, but for the most part you will probably not see raised crossings at streets. There will definitely be improvements at specific intersections and some will be very complex, involving pedestrians, bikes, cars and streetcar. There will definitely be innovative solutions and probably things that don't exist anywhere else in the city or the region
The terrain is great. If you a not that active and want to start out slow. I would suggest the Eastside Trail is about 2miles and a great start. Its very flat and you will have no problems. And that starts at 10th street and Monroe. remember to start slow..Rome was not bulit in a day :).
Madison, for those who haven't used the trails, can you tell us about the terrain? Are there any significant uphills/downhills?
We plan to start phase 1 of the Westside Reservoir Park (quarry) within the next five years, followed by future phases
Not to play favorites but..lol Old 4th Ward Park is a grat place. I was there last night running the stairs.. And it was great to see people out having picnics in the park, and having a great time in the city. Walking their dogs, and kids at the playground to having fun. If you are a little more active theres the Skate Park Located alongside the Atlanta BeltLine corridor in the shadow of Freedom Parkway. Those kids are amazing with the tricks they do on the skate board lol.. And when I want to relax I like Gordon White Park. Oh and there is a open field too right by the skate park great area to have fun!
@Tim it's too soon to say. That would be an ideal scenario but we won't really know until we see how much funding we have at any given time.
@Eric wins for getting into "feng shui" today!
@Big Peach Running the interim hiking trails are really dawn till dusk facilities because there are no lights there yer as they are undeveloped. That is definitely worth keeping in mind. They are patrolled 7 days a week by the APD Path Force but people should always use common sense.
My colleague and I wrote a story about a public private partnership. It's just one consideration -- not a done deal.
@Big Tom - great question. New funding is needed to complete the transit program, and we expect to get some clarity on that in the next 2-3 years. We do believe the project can compete successfully for federal funding but additional local $ is needed.
Hey @BigTom, in a variety of ways. Ethan will surely jump in here, but to my understanding, the transit portion could use the aid of federal funding. In addition, Atlanta officials are considering turning to the private sector to help build it. This is somewhat down the road.
@J Ferris the two main areas we do not have under control are the CSX-owned corridor on the south/southeast side starting at Glenwood and the Northwest section that is a very active freight rail section. All told we have 56% of the transit corridor under control now.
Ethan, the Beltline has acquired 60-70 percent of needed right of way, yes?
@Ted we will get to memorial over the next 2 years, possibly as far as Glenwood but that may take a bit longer.
@Eric - great question. The planner Alex Garvin coined the term "Emerald Necklace" to describe the BeltLine in the groundbreaking report he did for the Trust for Public Land in 2004. Trees Atlanta is planting a 22-mile long arboretum which is most visible now along the Eastside Trail, where they planted roughly 700 trees of varying species.
@Shannon we are also building the connection between Historic Fourth Ward Park and Eastside Trail right now - it will open later this summer.
@Shannon - yes you will. Within the next two years there will be several new connections - Ponce and North Ave, even a bridge into Ponce City Market. Ramps and stairs are in the plans.
So Madison, tell us about some of the free fitness activities on the Beltline. And where can I find out about them?
Ethan, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Beltline plans to loop in with the PATH trail on the West Side, correct? (Per @westsider's question)
@Westsider - didn't mean to post yet - a lot of the sequencing has to do with land that we have or do not have under control. Northwest is the trickiest part because it is an active railway owned by CSX. We do plan on making visible improvements in NW opportunistically as soon as we can.
@TP - this is also a part of our etiquette campaign. Leashes are not allowed to be longer than 6 feet. We're also doing trail surveys to see what kind of improvements might help in the future as well.