To date, The Trust for Public Land has acquired some 33 properties as a partner in the Atlanta Beltline project—a 22 mile loop of historic railroad that circles downtown and midtown Atlanta. The mostly abandoned rail corridor connects 45 diverse neighborhoods, including many of the city's most underserved by parks, and provides an extraordinary opportunity to link parks, trails, and transit to foster more livable communities. Atlanta ranks very low on the list of U.S. cities with respect to available parkland per capita. The Beltline will increase Atlanta's greenspace by nearly 40%. It will add 1,300 acres of new parks, and create a linear park system with 33 miles of multi-use trails that connect 40 new and existing parks. The Beltline is one of the most ambitious urban revitalization projects in the country. Over 25 years the project is expected to generate more than $20 billion in new economic development, to create 30,000 new jobs, and to create more than 5,000 new units of affordable housing.
In 2004 we commissioned renowned park planner Alexander Garvin to produce The BeltLine Emerald Necklace: Atlanta's New Public Realm, a report that provided an exciting vision to the public and helped to get the Beltline project approved by policy makers. Since 2005The Trust for Public Land has worked with Atlanta BeltLine project partners to acquire strategic properties to develop the Atlanta BeltLine's network of new public parks and multi-use trails circling Atlanta and connecting 45 neighborhoods.