A very young PATH Foundation built the Chastain Park Jogging Trail around North Fulton Golf Course between 1994 and 1998. A traditional PATH trail was constructed along Lake Forrest and across the southern end of the golf course to intersect the existing sidewalk along Powers Ferry Road. Later, PATH returned to build the trail from Galloway School to Park Drive and along Powers Ferry to the Red Lot near the amphitheater.
A little known fact: when the first phase was built along Lake Forrest Drive, we were asked to name it ‘Jogging Trail’ because adjacent neighbors did not want to encourage bicycle riding on the trail. (They visualized packs of spandex-clad cyclists riding laps around the park.)
Since those early days, the Chastain Park Jogging Trail has become a cherished gathering place for the neighborhood and visitors from nearby communities. The trail is predominantly a walking and jogging venue with a few cyclists thrown in for good measure.
As the result of an extraordinary effort by the Chastain Park Conservancy and the City of Atlanta, the narrow sidewalk along Powers Ferry Road is being replaced with a PATH trail from the American Legion Post to the Chastain Tennis Center. PATH provided guidance during design and is overseeing construction of the project for the Conservancy. Construction began in May and will continue into 2016.
The project consists of setting a new curb line that narrows lanes on Powers Ferry Road thereby creating space for the ten foot wide trail and a narrow grass buffer. In addition to setting a new curb line, many large utility poles must be relocated to make way for the new trail. The utility pole relocation is adding six months to the project time line since Georgia Power, Comcast, and AT&T all must relocate lines after the poles are moved.
Thanks to Councilmember Yolanda Adrean for helping to obtain City financing for these improvements. Hats off to the Chastain Park Conservancy for raising money from nearby residents to complete the funding needs. These improvements will make a great trail even better!