VISION for PATH400SM
PATH400SM is a critical step toward implementation of the Buckhead Collection, a plan led by Atlanta Councilman Howard Shook. The Buckhead Collection was created through a collaboration among a broad range of public and private sector stakeholders. The stakeholders envisioned a network of 106 acres of parks and trails in North Buckhead, with a greenway through the spine of the parks. For more information about the history of the PATH400SM project and the Buckhead Collection CLICK HERE.
Today, through extensive collaborations with partners, stakeholders, and funders throughout the Region, Livable Buckhead is working to bring the vision of PATH400SM to life.
Livable Buckhead incorporated community needs for greenspace, walkways, and bikeways into the design of PATH400SM. In response to community concerns and interests, PATH400SM is a planned 5.2 mile greenway providing access to greenspace, historic and art exhibits, and retail centers through Buckhead, extending from Loridans Drive on the north segment of the greenway to Peachtree Creek (near Adina Drive) on the southernmost segment. The 12 foot wide greenway is an amenity for outdoor enthusiasts, bikers, and hikers throughout the metropolitan area.
PATH400SM offers these direct benefits for the Buckhead community and broader metropolitan Atlanta community:
- Connects a regional network of current/planned trails, paths, and greenways improving mobility and access for the estimated 250,000 people who live, work, and visit Buckhead annually, in addition to PATH400SM users beyond Atlanta’s northside.
- Adds a critical layer to the multimodal transportation infrastructure by integrating pedestrian and bike access, to a network heavily focused on road and transit investment.
- Provides a community amenity for exercise and social interaction across neighborhoods and jurisdictions throughout metro Atlanta.
- Improves community health through access to greenspace and opportunity for physical activity.
- Contributes economic vitality by improving access between community and commerce.
- Provides a natural, engaging, accessible venue for art exhibits as well as historic and cultural assets.
- 5,133 residents, primarily within North Buckhead, Peachtree Hills, and the Lindbergh community
- 1,100 students attending Sarah Smith Elementary School live within a 5-minute walk
- 140,000 workers and visitors in Buckhead’s commercial core are within a 5-10 minute walk
- 8,175 residents living within a 10-minute walk
- 16,519 residents living within a 5-minute bike ride
- 44,272 residents within 10-minute bike ride
- 1,200 students attending Garden Hills Elementary and Atlanta International School are within a 10 minute bike ride.
- PATH400SM is a critical link to a regional network of trails including the BeltLine, South Fork Conservancy’s Confluence Trail and the planned North Fork trail along Interstate 85.
- PATH400 connects Buckhead residents with the commercial core, creating
- opportunities for area residents a healthy commute or transportation option to work, retail centers, schools, entertainment, and restaurants.
- PATH400SM will connect five Buckhead neighborhoods and a number of public and private schools – bringing together families, friends, and community, and providing an experiential learning opportunity for science and ecology study.
- One of Atlanta’s oldest cemeteries, the Lowery-Stevens family cemetery, several planned and current art installations and other cultural landmarks are in proximity of PATH400SM, giving residents and visitors access to local heritage, art, and culture.
Collaboration: Livable Buckhead is developing the PATH400SM greenway in partnership with the PATH Foundation and the Buckhead Community Improvement District. In addition, Livable Buckhead is working with a broad network of partners, including the Georgia Department of Transportation, City of Atlanta, Norfolk Southern Railroad, MARTA, and private developers to obtain easements for the project. PATH400SM also benefits from working relationships with several neighborhood organizations.