Proctor Creek: A First Class Urban Greenway

 

Phase I of the Proctor Creek Greenway between the Bankhead MARTA station and the West Highlands neighborhood was opened to the public at a grand opening ceremony on May 7th. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms thanked the incredible partnership led by Chief Resilience Officer Stephanie Stuckey for their efforts to complete the project.
In 2015, the Emerald Corridor Foundation developed a conceptual plan to clean up and restore the Proctor Creek corridor from Proctor Park to the Chattahoochee River. In May of 2016, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) secured funding to expand the concept plan into a master plan and retained PATH Foundation to lead the effort.
We suggested that the proposed trail along Proctor Creek extend south to connect with the Atlanta BeltLine thus becoming a BeltLine Connector Trail. Atlanta BeltLine agreed to serve as the project manager for the project and coordinated the procurement process and easement acquisition.
The PATH design team, led by Kaizen Collaborative, formed a steering committee to guide design. The committee decided the first phase to be developed would connect the Bankhead MARTA station to the Grove Park and West Highlands neighborhoods. The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management agreed to fund Phase I design, provided that green infrastructure was included in the project. Then- mayor Kasim Reed granted a request from OOS and designated the first $3.6 million of TSPLOST funding for Phase I construction.
Infiltration basins were created along the high side of the trail to slow rainwater runoff and begin the process of managing the creek. Invasive vegetation, along with tires, car parts, and other debris were removed from the corridor during development of the trail.
The three mile-long trail features a curved, metal bridge (cover photo) and a 700 foot-long bridge over a deep ravine (see photos below). A pedestrian plaza was built near the south end of the trail to facilitate future events and gatherings. The developing Westside Park and quarry will be connected to the trail when the park is developed in 2019-2020.
Future phases of the Proctor Creek Greenway will extend south to intersect the Atlanta BeltLine in Maddox Park, and north to and over the Chattahoochee River near the confluence. A better connection will also be established to the Grove Park neighborhood.
To access the Proctor Creek Greenway, you can take MARTA to the Bankhead MARTA station, or from the West Highlands neighborhood off Perry Boulevard. MARTA allows bicycles on all MARTA trains.