David Pendered at Saporta Report says that $12.7 million in Atlanta and federal money is in place to finish missing links in PATH400, a walking and biking greenway that will link northern Atlanta to Sandy Springs, much of it following Ga. 400.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ty Tagami wrote about the path early this year and made a video of it that you can watch in the article below.
From the AJC article in April:
In much of Atlanta, you can’t get there from here, at least without a car.
And in a few weeks, there’ll be the extension of the forest boardwalk between Mason Mill and Medlock parks.
The new boardwalk will connect that existing trail -- and eventually Emory University and the BeltLine -- to neighborhoods in northeast DeKalb County.
Currently, that residential area is cut off from the two parks -- and their playgrounds, ball parks, tennis courts, library and other amenities -- by heavily-traveled North Druid Hills Road. The quiet neighborhood streets north of that artery don’t align with those to the south, forcing joggers or anyone on a bike to risk a run or ride along North Druid Hills Road to get to the other side.
Few try, since there is no right of way, and cars fly down that stretch.
Enter the PATH Foundation. Ed McBrayer, executive director of the foundation, said that in late June, the group, which has been building paths all around metro Atlanta, will open its latest boardwalk. Phase 4 of the South Peachtree Creek Trail is a new boardwalk that will connect Spring Creek Road, via crosswalk across North Druid Hills Road, to the well-used Mason Mill-to-Medlock trail.
This will open the parks to access without cars.
The new stretch covers a scenic half mile route above a creek and bogs. It’s easy to forget the nearby roar and fumes of traffic.
About a year from now, the foundation hopes to add a link from the boardwalks to Emory University, a major employer for the area. This could make commuting to work without a car a more reasonable option for many, especially as the traffic jams worsen in that fast-growing area.
And, said McBrayer, there’s more to come.
“Once Emory completes a bike route through the campus,” he said, “PATH plans to connect Emory to the Freedom Park Trail and the Atlanta BeltLine from Emory village.”
Ty Tagami is the state education reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since joining the newspaper in 2002, he has written about everything from hurricanes to homelessness. He has deep experience covering local government and education, and can often be found under the Gold Dome when lawmakers meet or in a school somewhere in the state.