Archive for August 2013

Southwest Connection

In 1993, PATH began building Atlanta’s first greenway trail in Southwest Atlanta. At that time the famous band leader, Lionel Hampton, had the largest single tract of privately-owned land inside I-285. The tract, purchased as an investment for future development followed Utoy Creek from Flamingo Road to Westview Cemetery and Beecher Hills Elementary School. The…

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New Addition to PATH Board

PATH is honored to have Laura Richards, the energy behind the Carrollton Greenbelt, join the PATH board this month. Laura founded “Friends of the Carrollton Greenbelt” a few years ago and has been partnering with PATH to build the Greenbelt since 2011. ” I am excited about helping PATH transform metro Atlanta into a premier cycling…

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Destination: Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Over a decade ago when PATH was building the trail from the City of Lithonia and the Mall at Stonecrest to Arabia Mountain Park, we were asked how far east we were going to go. Rockdale County and the City of Conyers had emerged as viable partners with trail building aspirations of their own.  It…

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Silver Comet Impact Huge!

A study released in July by The Atlanta Regional Commission, the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, and the Georgia Department of Transportation determined the Silver Comet Trail generates expenditures of almost $100 million annually in the counties the trail passes through in Northwest Georgia. The study conducted by ALTA Planning and Design and Econsult Solutions also…

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Atlanta Gets on Track

For years PATH has pecked away at building trails into the center of the City. The closer we get to town, the more difficult it becomes to find real estate suitable for a bicycle venue separated from traffic. All that may change if the recently completed Tenth Street Cycle Track is successful. The City of…

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New Silver Comet Trailhead

A new Silver Comet Trailhead is now open in downtown Rockmart! The former senior citizens building has been renovated and offers trail users access to public restrooms, a break room and vending machines.

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Clearing Sheepishly

PATH has employed a hungry flock of sheep to help clear the labyrinth of vines and invasive plants behind Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in preparation for construction of the trail from Northside Drive to the Tanyard Park Trail. The hungry herd began chewing their way from Bitsy Grant to Tanyard Creek on July 21st. The…

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Bearly A Trail (part 1)

For twenty years, I have dedicated at least one vacation a year to hauling my bike to a far away trail for a new and exciting trail riding experience. I enjoy reminiscing about past trail riding trips almost as much as taking new ones.   I have vivid memories of each and every trip. It will…

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News Notes

The Cycology Bike Shop opens August 31st just a few blocks off the Silver Comet in Hiram. Co-owner Ira Hochberg looks forward to meeting Silver Comet riders and demonstrating extraordinary customer care. Check it out just north of the Hiram Trailhead (mile 14.6) on US 278. Frankie’s restaurant in downtown Rockmart has a new owner.…

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More Moss

PATH will return to Beaufort, South Carolina in September to construct another 2.27 miles of the Spanish Moss trail. Using a grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, PATH crews constructed the “model mile” last year to create local interest and support. The effort obviously paid off as local interests have raised over $500,000 to…

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