The Chastain Park Conservancy soon will begin construction of a new, widened multi-use path along the west side of the park.

Conservancy and city officials formally broke ground May 11 for the new portion of Walk Chastain, which will stretch nearly a mile along Powers Ferry Road. Construction is expected to cost about $2 million, conservancy officials said. Work will begin by the end of May and end late this year or early next year, conservancy officials said.

When completed, the Powers Ferry project will complete the widening of the outer loop path around the outer edge of the park, conservancy officials said.

“PATH has really changed our city, the way we connect …,” Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “The investments we make in our green spaces and our parks are the most important things we can do. … This is our ‘beachfront’ property. This is where people want to live. This is where people want to walk.”

Chastain Park Conservancy and Atlanta city officials formally broke ground for a new multi-use path along Chastain Park and Powers Ferry Road. Left to right: Brian McHugh, Buckhead CID;
Joe Sainato, Project Engineer, Lowe Engineers;
JP Matzigkeit, Chastain Park Conservancy;
Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean; Atlanta Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuongll Michael Halicki, executive director, Park Pride;
Rosa McHugh, executive director, Chastain Park Conservancy; Pete Pellegrini, Project Manager, PATH Foundation;
Jennifer Richter, Incoming chairwoman of the Chastain Conservancy board;
Matt Otten, current chair of the Chastain Park Conservancy board.

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