Earlier this summer, PATH began constructing a one mile extension to the Southtowne Trail that will connect South Bend Park to the Swan Nature Preserve and the existing trail around Brown’s Mill Golf Course. The project traverses a defunct development on Harper Road that the City purchased as greenspace for the adjoining neighborhoods. Prior to the recession, more than twenty cluster homes were planned for the site.
The Southtowne Trail will ultimately connect Cleveland Avenue and South Atlanta neighborhoods to the Atlanta BeltLine near Murphy’s Crossing. PATH plans to coordinate the extension of the Southtowne Trail through the old Lakewood Amphitheatre site to the Atlanta BeltLine with development of the Southeast BeltLine Trail. Extension of the trail south of Cleveland Avenue to South Atlanta Park is also being considered.
The extension to the trail segment under construction was funded by the City of Atlanta Parks and Greenspace Bond program and your donations to PATH. The extension should be completed and open to the public in October. Go to pathfoundation.org for updates and grand opening ceremony information.