Tuesday, 08 October 2013 18:33

City of Atlanta Commits Funds to Walk Chastain Project

The Walk Chastain Project is "off and running!"  City of Atlanta officials announced their commitment of up to $1 million towards the construction of the Walk Chastain project at the annual CPC Fall Fundraiser held October 3, 2013.  Atlanta City Council Members Yolanda Adrean and Aaron Watson, Parks Commissioner George Dusenbury and City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui made the official announcement and presented the check to CPC Executive Director Rosa McHugh, Board President Matt Otten and Advisory Board Member JP Matzigkeit.

The Walk Chastain project is detailed in the 20 year master plan and will focus on widening and redesigning the path along Powers Ferry Road from 4 feet to 10 feet and separating pedestrians and cars by installing natural barriers and netting. The Chastain Park path is one of the most popular paths in Atlanta with approximately 500,000 users each year including walkers with strollers and pets, joggers and students.  

Chastain Park Conservancy raised $90,000 last year to complete the design and survey work.  Lowe Engineers and Site Solutions created a design to address the safety concerns and also to enhance path user experience by doubling the width and adding meandering sections.  The total cost for the project is expected to be $2.3 million.

"The City Council's approval and commitment of funds brings us one step closer to the goal of providing a wider, safer path for our park users," said Rosa McHugh, Executive Director. "Finishing the Chastain Park path loop not only addresses our safety concerns but also benefits the neighborhoods surrounding the park by providing more accessibility on the west side of  Park." 

The project has been approved by the City of Atlanta Parks Department, Chastain Park Civic Association, NPU-A and the Atlanta City Council.  PATH Foundation has committed construction management services.  The Conservancy will lead the effort to raise the remaining $1.2 million needed to complete the project.  Stay tuned for more details on how you can partner with us on the Walk Chastain project.