Historic Fourth Ward Park
Historic Fourth Ward Park

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will officially present the Overall Excellence Award for Smart Growth Achievement for the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park today at a ceremony in Washington D.C.  The award is given for creative, sustainable initiatives that help protect the health and the environment of communities while also strengthening local economies. The Overall Excellence Award is the highest national honor bestowed by the EPA.

“This prestigious national recognition for the Atlanta BeltLine is an affirmation of the investments we are making to create a more economically vibrant, prosperous and sustainable city,” said Mayor Kasim Reed, who will be accepting the award. “The success and impact of the Atlanta BeltLine is a story of national significance with a three to one return on investment to date. The EPA has been a critical partner in our efforts and we are grateful for their partnership and the support of President Obama’s administration.”

“The Atlanta BeltLine has become a national model for smart growth by turning what was once an abandoned rail corridor into a vibrant community space where healthy living is encouraged, culture is cultivated, the environment is better protected and economic development is taking place,” said EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney.

Find more information on the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement at this link.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.