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DeKalb County To Open New Trail This Month

Jun 5, 2017
The South Peachtree Creek Trail is part boardwalk, part pavement
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

DeKalb County is working on an extension of the South Peachtree Creek Trail that will connect Medlock and Mason Mill parks.

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The county is partnering with the PATH Foundation to open the nearly two-mile boardwalk by the end of this month. 

"The trail is the new beachfront property, everybody wants to live near a trail. And PATH's goal is to connect metro Atlanta through a series of trail networks," says Jonathan McCaig, the construction manager on this project.

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Omar Zaki stands next to a sign on Woodbine Avenue on the border of the Edgewood and Kirkwood neighborhoods.

"You can see this is where it ends," said Zaki, who's part of the Organized Neighbors of Edgewood.

The sign marks the end of the Trolley Line Trail, a path that was built more than 20 years ago, before the Olympics. It follows the old streetcar route through Kirkwood.

It was supposed to continue into Edgewood, Zaki's neighborhood, and then Reynoldstown, but funding issues kept that construction from happening.

Now, though, it could.

Courtesy of The PATH Foundation

Since the PATH Foundation was established in 1991, more than 235 miles of multi-use trails have been developed in metro Atlanta. And PATH is showing no signs of slowing down.

It recently launched a $15.8 million campaign so it can build another 37 miles of trails. PATH has received two major gifts - $6 million from the James M. Cox Foundation and $4 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

The South Peachtree Creek Trail is part boardwalk, part pavement
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

Beautiful City is WABE's series about places to go in Atlanta to ... get away from Atlanta.

Today, that’s North Decatur.

There, the South Peachtree Creek Trail links two neighborhoods, two parks and even two sports.

On one end are the baseball fields of Medlock Park and, on the other, the tennis courts of Mason Mill Park.

But you’ll find that this path does much more than connect Point A to Point B.