When it comes to deep-pocketed philanthropists, the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail is proving the "If you build it ?" adage accurate. Thanks in part to a $3 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, a grant-giving giant, the Beltline's trails should continue to expand sooner than expected, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. The cash will be channeled to two projects: extending the Eastside Trail by 1.5 miles from DeKalb Avenue, through Krog Street Tunnel to Glenwood Avenue. (In other words, a massive shortcut from Piedmont Park to, almost, East Atlanta Village). The other half is earmarked for "The Gateway," a connecting path between the trail and the Historic Fourth Ward Park near North Avenue.
The foundation's president told the weekly newspaper his group was so impressed with how well the Eastside Trail has been received, they were inspired "to keep the ball rolling." It's too early to say specifically how and when the projects will proceed, and the gift won't completely fund the projects. At the very least, the money keeps momentum strong.
· $3M Woodruff gift will help expand Beltline [Atlanta Business Chronicle]