Thanks in part to a donor who is shrouded in mystery, the PATH Foundation has reached its $14.3 million goal in the "Make the Connection" fundraising campaign, which trail enthusiasts and generally sane people should view as a boon for the city. The nonprofit announced in a press release Tuesday they had reached the milestone, thanks to an anonymous donor and gifts of at least $1 million from the James M. Cox Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. (Any guesses on who the mystery donor is? Chipper? Medea? Kim Zolciak?)
Reaching $14.3 million will enable PATH "to establish Atlanta's trail hub at Centennial Olympic Park and create 37 additional miles of trails, including a new six-mile trail along the length of Georgia 400" called PATH400, officials said in the release. No timelines were specified for those projects.
When these 37 fresh miles of trails come to fruition, PATH will have developed a trail network of more than 200 miles throughout metro Atlanta. Currently, trails connect to the Atlanta Beltline and other outdoor destinations such as Panola Mountain State Park and Stone Mountain, the release states.
Cox Enterprises chairman Jim Kennedy, a vital donor to the Beltline's Eastside Trail, enthused: "PATH has been making Atlanta a better place for more than 20 years, and this milestone will help it continue to promote healthy lifestyles, enhance community spirit and bring neighborhoods together."
[PATH trail, just west of Boulevard. Photo: pathfoundation.org]
· PATH Foundation Reaches "Make the Connection" Campaign Goal of $14.3 Million [PATH Foundation]