Atlanta OKs Proctor Creek Greenway design work

The Proctor Creek watershed is the only major watershed entirely inside Atlanta city limits. The City Council has authorized design and engineering for the first phase of a Proctor Creek Greenway Trail. EPA

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The Proctor Creek watershed is the only major watershed entirely inside Atlanta city limits. The City Council has authorized design and engineering for the first phase of a Proctor Creek Greenway Trail. EPA

The Atlanta City Council has authorized a $160,000 contract with PATH Foundation Inc. for design and engineering services for the first phase of the Proctor Creek Greenway Trail.

“In addition to the benefits to the city’s stormwater and sewer system, (the trail) will provide a spectacular ribbon of green space and a world-class trail to an incredibly underserved area of the city,” according to a resolution approved Monday by the Council.

The Department of Watershed Management contract with PATH would cover the first segment of the trail, following the creek from the north side of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway to a proposed Westside Park. Eventually, the trail is to extend seven miles across northwest Atlanta to the Chattahoochee River.

PATH is charged with designing natural landscaping to treat stormwater runoff along Proctor Creek, developing certain types of infiltration areas for stormwater drainage, and enabling Watershed Management to use the trail to reach maintenance access points to the city’s stormwater and sewer system.

“These highly complex design and engineering issues that include green infrastructure, stormwater management, trail maintenance and understanding of the Atlanta-area topography and watersheds require the unique expertise of PATH,” Watershed Commissioner Kishia L. Powell said in a letter recommending a special procurement for PATH.