In 1991, the PATH Foundation was established with the goal of building Atlanta's first dedicated pedestrian and bike trails prior to the Centennial Olympic Games. When our city welcomed the world in 1996, 20 miles of trails had been constructed - and the seed of a much larger vision had been planted.
PATH is well on its way to achieving the vision of a comprehensive network of interconnected trails in the Atlanta metropolitan area and across Georgia. To date, more than 235 miles of trails have been built for recreation and commuting purposes - connecting parks, neighborhoods, employment centers and key points of interest in urban, suburban and rural areas. The organization has raised $49 million in philanthropic investments to leverage more than $100 million in public funding, while generating immeasurable benefits for local communities.
PATH is building so much more than a ribbon of paved trail. It is creating opportunities for families to take long evening walks… for friends and neighbors to meet and walk to restaurants, grocery stores and other shops… for children to learn to pedal their bikes… for adults wanting to exercise and establish a fitness routine… for serious cyclists to train and for recreational bikers to enjoy carefree rides, away from automobile trac… for busy people to find a quiet spot for meditation in the woods… for young rollerbladers and skaters to glide down smooth pathways… for dog walkers to stroll… and for countless others to make new memories.
People of all ages and backgrounds incorporate PATH trails into their lives in limitless ways, every single day, from dawn until dusk. By choosing to get out of their cars and hit the trail, PATH users are contributing to the vision of a healthier, greener, more vibrant community.
As PATH celebrates 25 years of service to the community, the organization is preparing to celebrate another significant milestone—surpassing 250 miles of trail. Investments in the $15.8 million Realizing the Vision capital campaign will support the construction of 37 additional miles in the PATH network, radiating out from the center of Atlanta into communities throughout Georgia.
Connecting to and through the Heart of Atlanta
Atlanta has not historically been known for pedestrian- and cycle-friendly commuting options, but projects like PATH’s urban corridors and the Atlanta BeltLine are working to change that perception. Previous PATH campaigns have been advancing toward the vision of a central trail hub at Centennial Olympic Park (COP), and now this goal is in sight. Realizing the Vision investments will:
• Establish connectivity between COP and the Vine City MARTA station on Atlanta’s Westside.
• Develop a dedicated two-way cycle track around approximately one-half of the Park.
• Construct a new Bike Depot on the trac island between COP and the Georgia Aquarium to create a centrally located, landmark destination for bike rentals, concessions and cyclist parking (in partnership with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority).
Building a Healthier City
New trails are being created to encourage walking, running, skating and cycling in our city. In this campaign, PATH will:
• Seize the opportunity to build a trail at the I-285/400 interchange during GDOT highway construction.
• Extend the PATH400 trail between the Lindbergh area and Loridans Road.
• Expand the network of trails in the southwest Atlanta neighborhoods near Cascade Road.
• Complete the Bobby Jones Golf Course loop trail.
PATHS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
Linking Atlanta’s Colleges and Universities
PATH’s intown trails benefit tourists, residents and commuters, as well as another key constituency that is contributing greatly to Atlanta’s vitality—local college and university students.
Connections made in this capital campaign will link Atlanta’s institutions of higher learning to each other, to PATH’s growing network of regional trails, and to the Atlanta BeltLine. Campaign investments will:
• Build the Georgia Tech Parkway/West Midtown link to Centennial Olympic Park, allowing Tech students, west Midtown residents, and other commuters to travel safely via a separated pedestrian path and cycle track southward to the downtown business district, Georgia State University and the COP trail hub.
• Offer an off-road alternative connecting the Mason Mill area to the VA Hospital and Emory.
• Connect Emory University to Freedom Parkway and to the Atlanta BeltLine.
• Construct the South River Trail segment beyond Perimeter College.
• Connect the Atlanta University Center to the Atlanta BeltLine.
• Provide for repairs along the Stone Mountain Trail, which connects Agnes Scott College, the Martin Luther King, Jr. historic site, The Carter Center and numerous other locations.
Internships, employment options, dual degree programs, research opportunities and more will all soon be much easier to access for Atlanta area students.
Improving Quality of Life
The PATH Foundation is constructing new connections to enhance neighborhood access to retail, schools and other destinations. Building on successful trail projects throughout communities in the greater metro area, PATH is preparing to:
• Link the Avondale MARTA station and the proposed Transit Oriented Development project to Columbia Theological Seminary, the Methodist Children’s Home and the Friends School.
• Build the Panola Mountain Greenway to Henry County school and library facilities.
• Extend the Olde Town Conyers Trail through the downtown business district to Pine Log Park.
• Develop a new trail through a historic trolley tunnel in the Riverside/ Bolton Road neighborhood, connecting to the Whetstone Creek Trail.
THE PATH TO A GREENER GEORGIA
The PATH Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia that is entirely dedicated to trail planning and implementation. As such, PATH welcomes opportunities to share its expertise with municipalities across the region, advancing existing trail networks and jumpstarting new trail systems statewide.
Capital campaign funds will support the PATH Foundation as it provides targeted assistance for shovel-ready trail projects in the cities of Carrollton and Columbus, and in Clayton and Glynn counties.
PATH’s commitment to these projects represents approximately $1 for every $10 already committed through local sources for site work, trail construction and landscaping.
PARTNERING WITH PATH
For 25 years, PATH has been successfully collaborating with local governments, businesses, philanthropic supporters and community groups to develop scenic multi-use trails for all to enjoy.
A record number of partners—nearly 60 in total—will commit more than $34 million in federal, state, city, county, and other types of funding to campaign initiatives. The PATH Foundation is working to secure $15.8 million in philanthropic investments to leverage these public funds for a total impact of more than $50 million in new trails statewide.
REALIZING THE VISION
Please join with the PATH Foundation to create livable, walkable, bikable communities throughout our region. Your investment will increase access to the Atlanta BeltLine, link colleges and universities to the city’s growing trail network, and provide neighborhoods with safe routes to schools, jobs, parks, shops and other amenities. By supporting this campaign, you will inspire healthier lifestyles for local residents and build the path to a brighter tomorrow.