Next week, PATH begins construction of the Southwest BeltLine Connector Trail, Phase I, between the Lionel Hampton Trail, Westwood Avenue and Beecher Elementary School in southwest Atlanta. The concept for this trail was borne from the desire to connect Council District 11 to the Atlanta BeltLine. A portion of the new trail parallels Utoy Creek south of Westview Cemetery in greenspace the City purchased to preserve land near tributaries to the Chattahoochee River. The trail will also cross the creek on a 100 ft long bridge and connect the entrance to Beecher Elementary School to the trail system. PATH will build the school an outdoor classroom near Utoy Creek as part of the project. The trail is scheduled to open next spring.