PATH has been working with a multitude of partners during the past two years to establish a viable trail connection between Centennial Olympic Park and the Westside. We are pleased to announce the PATH design team has initiated design of the Ivan Allen Jr. Gateway project that will make the desired connection and more.
Thanks to our great partners at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Georgia World Congress Center, and the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, PATH will Improve Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Joseph E. Boone Boulevard from Luckie Street to Mims Park as a gateway to West Atlanta. Improvements will include a separated multi-use trail plus new lighting, landscaping, signage, and other amenities to create a friendly, aesthetically pleasing corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.
The PATH Westside Trail will split off before crossing Northside Drive and pass the Georgia World Congress Center and the old Georgia Dome site before crossing Northside Drive in front of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on a proposed pedestrian bridge. PATH is already developing the Westside Trail between the proposed bridge and the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. (See map). When all these projects are completed, PATH will have developed a continuous trail from Centennial Olympic Park to the Westside BeltLine.
The Northside Drive to Mims Park project will include green infrastructure initiatives being developed by the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. The Ivan Allen Bridge over the Norfolk Southern rail yard will include replacing the standard chainlink ‘missle’ fences with sculptured fencing with images honoring the former Mayor. Concrete medians will be replaced with lavish landscaping.
There are many partners that have made this project a reality. In addition to the Blank Foundation, the Georgia World Congress Center, and the Allen family, we are collaborating with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Falcons, the Trust for Public Land, Park Pride, Central Atlanta Progress, Invest Atlanta, and the Georgia Department of Transportation to make this connection extraordinary.
Design will continue through the fall. Permitting will take several months before construction begins next Spring. If all goes well the Gateway to the Westside will be completed later next year.