Georgia Perimeter College gets connected to county trail system

Students at Georgia Perimeter College’s Decatur campus will have greater access to nature and fitness options with a new connection to the South River Trail System.

A concrete trail from the campus to Gresham Park is being completed as part of the 5.5-mile trail System stretching from the Atlanta Radio Control Club to the college. The 3.1-mile trail connection to Georgia Perimeter includes a new 260-foot bridge over Doolittle Creek.

The $2.3 million federally funded project was more than a decade in the making, from a beginning concept in 2002, funding ten years later and construction finally beginning last year.

The trail’s development is part of DeKalb County’s 2000 master plan, and is being led by PATH, a nonprofit organization working to develop connecting greenway trails throughout metro Atlanta. The group’s goal is to ultimately connect the South River system to the Atlanta Beltline and Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.

A ribbon cutting for the newest extension of the trail will be held in September.