By Gabriel Owens, contributor
The Atlanta Beltline Inc. held a presentation last night, July 13, at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church on Piedmont Avenue about plans for its Northeast Trail.
The trail will be located between Monroe Drive and I-85.
The Northeast Trail is expected to be a multi-use trail, consisting of 14-foot wide pathways with several access points. It is currently funded to connect Mason Street and Clear Creek.
“Once more funding comes in, we expect further connections,” said Sean Johnston, one of the project coordinators. “We’re looking to connect Mason to Arbor and Clear Creek to Westminster.”
The Beltline is seeking community suggestions for access points to the trail.
One access point that is a heavy favorite and they are “most likely” going ahead with is a connection to Ansley Golf Club.
“But really, we are looking for community involvement here,” Johnston said.
The Beltline crew mentioned they are designing the trail with Georgia Power, which is upgrading powerlines along the path. The trail will replace Georgia Power’s maintenance roads and lead to the creation of 25′ by 60′ “maintenance pads” along the trail. Those pads will be covered “with art, foliage and other design choices,” so as not to make them an eyesore.
Other highlights from Thursday’s meeting:
- The trail’s police force will be patrolling the Northeast Trail as they do the other parts of the Beltline.
- There will be no separate parts of the path for cyclists and pedestrians because there isn’t enough space to allow it.
- There are no current plans to connect the Northeast Trail to the other trails on the Beltline, but it is the ultimate goal down once more funding and more trail is built.
The next Beltline Inc. meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 for the Eastside Trail at the Trees office at 225 Chester Ave. SE in Atlanta.