It was November, 2014 when the PATH design and build team first visited with Clayton County officials to see if a partnership was in the cards. Last month, PATH crews finished constructing Clayton’s first three miles of trail in International Park and through the Lake Spivey neighborhood.
The ‘Clayton Connects’ master plan proposes over 120 miles of trails, connecting the College Park trail near Hartsfield/Jackson Airport to Clayton State University, Jonesboro, International Park, Rex, Morrow, Riverdale, and rural areas south of Lovejoy. The Plan also suggests a facelift and re-branding of the Jester’s Creek Trail built by the County in the 1990’s.
The recently completed trail weaves through the Atlanta Beach and Water Club (the beach volleyball venue for the 1996 Olympic Games) and connects the Clayton County Parks headquarters and the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center to several Lake Spivey neighborhoods.
The trail in International Park was constructed using Clayton County SPLOST funding. Your donations to PATH helped pay to design and engineer the trail.
The PATH/Clayton County partnership will begin constructing the Lake Spivey Golf Course spur between International Park and the Lake Spivey Golf Course later this year. This two mile trail is also being funding from the Clayton County SPLOST.
A special thanks to Nathan Parrott, former Greenspace Coordinator, and Chief Operating Officer Deitrick Stanford for fostering development of trails in Clayton. We are proud to have played a part in developing your first path.