The Atlanta BeltLine

Q: What is the Atlanta BeltLine?

A: The Atlanta BeltLine is an ongoing project that will connect 45 neighborhoods, including neighborhoods in Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta, by repurposing old railroad corridors into a 22 mile loop of streetcar transit, greenspace, plus walking and biking trails.

Q: Where will the BeltLine go?

A: The BeltLine makes a large loop winding through Atlanta’s Intown neighborhoods.  Neighborhoods along the route include Grant Park, East Atlanta, Virginia Highland, Ansley Park and the Buckhead neighborhoods of Historic Brookwood Hills, Collier Hills, Ardmore Park and Berkeley Park. The Beltline has a permanent one mile path that connects Ardmore Park to Atlanta Memorial Park which is close to the Buckhead neighborhoods of Chastain Park, Wildwood, Springlake and Memorial Park. This path is known as the Northside Beltline Trail and was the first segment of the Atlanta BeltLine to open on the north side of Atlanta. The Atlanta BeltLine also connects Piedmont Park with walking and jogging paths to Midtown neighborhoods. You can see an Interactive map of Beltline Project as well as printable maps at http://beltline.org.

Q: What will the BeltLine do for Atlanta residents?

A: Atlantans that live and work long the BeltLine are using the BeltLine in a number of ways including running, walking, biking and roller blading. The BeltLine will improve the overall look, function, and feel of the city of Atlanta as well as encourage Atlanta residents to lead a more active lifestyle and be less dependent on their cars.  With more luscious green space, more easily accessible transportation, numerous athletic fields, greenspace, and a reservoir to conserve water for the city of Atlanta and even outdoor public art exhibits, this project is a welcome addition to Atlanta.

Q: How will the BeltLine help the environment?

A: The BeltLine project is scheduled to create and redevelop many parks throughout the city.  The current tree project in the West End is under way, and plans to build a Westside Reservoir Park will develop a reservoir that will hold enough water to sustain Atlanta’s citizen’s for 30 days!

Q: How will the BeltLine improve Atlanta’s transportation issues?

A: The BeltLine has plans to connect parts of the MARTA and the Downtown Loop Streetcar in order to establish a rail link around the central portion of the city. PATH Foundation Trails also connect to the Atlanta BeltLine in several areas.

Q: When will the BeltLine be completed?

A: The Atlanta BeltLine is a work in progress.  It’s expected to take approximately 25 years for the entire vision to come together, and it is currently in the 6th year of development.

To learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine visit their website at http://beltline.org/ or check out their Facebook page.