I’ve walked the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline several times this year. This is the first section of the Beltline to open, representing 2.25 miles of the entire 22 mile loop. The multipurpose trail is filled with walkers, runners, cyclists, and kids, all enjoying the outdoor green space. The trail and resultant rejuvenation of adjacent neighborhoods is substantially adding to Atlanta’s distinctive character.
A wonderful partnership has blossomed between The Beltline and Trees Atlanta, the latter a thriving non-profit dedicated toward preserving, restoring and expanding Atlanta’s urban forest. The best known example of that partnership is The Beltline Arboretum. Trees Atlanta has nearly completed the Urban Forest Corridor along the Eastside Trail, planting thousands of trees and meadow grasses during the last year, a result of the donations and sweat of hundreds of volunteers and a handful of staff.
Kaiser Permanente has been delighted to sponsor the Arboretum’s Docent program, a 60-90 minute walking tour of the Eastside Trail, when one can enjoy the many tree species planted along the trail, learn about the history of the surrounding neighborhoods, and imagine the future of the Beltline. Docent Bill did a great job on the tour I attended.
If you want to sample what the Beltline has to offer, and envision the future of your city, I encourage you to attend an Arboretum tour. You’ll be glad you did.