This week, the initial stretch of the long-discussed Proctor Creek Greenway was officially unveiled for public use, marking the first project of its kind funded by Atlanta TSPLOST cash.
What’s open now stretches about three and 1⁄2 miles, but the greenway is expected to eventually link Maddox Park and the Beltline’s Westside Trail for seven miles out to the Chattahoochee River, with some 400 acres of green space alongside it.
At a Monday ceremony, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called completing the greenway “a priority of my administration,” while expressing relief that “a once overwhelmingly polluted waterway has been revitalized,” per the AJC.
But the ceremony wasn’t without grumbles—and even protest signs—decrying the potential such amenities have for gentrification and displacement.
Come next year, portions of the Proctor Creek trail will neighbor public-accessible areas of the under-construction Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, which is eventually planned to span 280 acres—with its own systems of pathways—as Atlanta’s largest green space.
So things are looking decidedly greener on Atlanta’s western front.
For this installment of the Visual Journeys series, let’s lace up some comfy shoes and meet the initial phase of the Proctor Creek Greenway: