Mayor Reed and city officials break ground on the Proctor Creek Greenway. (Courtesy City of Atlanta)

Ground was broken Aug. 17 for the $11.5 million Proctor Creek Greenway, a seven-mile bike and pedestrian trail spanning from Maddox Park to the Chattahoochee River.

The completed Proctor Creek Greenway will feature 50 acres of linear park and 400 acres of greenspace, and will offer connectivity to the Bankhead MARTA Station and the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail.

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is yet another example of our dedication to revitalize the communities close to Proctor Creek,” Reed said. “My administration is committed to enhancing quality of life by creating and expanding greenspace which will allow all City of Atlanta residents to be in walking distance of a park. The mobilization of this natural asset will get us closer to this goal and serve as a catalyst for growth and economic opportunity for years to come.”

In February, Mayor Reed announced that $3 million in TSPLOST revenue would fund the first segment of the Proctor Creek Greenway. The initial phase of Proctor Creek will cost approximately $4 million, and the Mayor’s Office of Resilience, Department of Watershed Management, PATH Foundation and the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will help fund the project.

The PATH Foundation completed the Master Plan for the trail in April. The Master Plan divides trail construction into six segments. The initial phase is approximately two miles from the Bankhead MARTA Station through the future Westside Quarry Park to the existing Westview Cemetery Trail, and includes a connector spur to the Grove Park neighborhood.

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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.