Brookhaven, GA, March 27 – By Betsy Eggers, North Fork Connectors Board Member – Citizens advocating for a linear park along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek applauded the City of Brookhaven stream buffer ordinance passage on March 25, 2014. The City Council amended the originally proposed ordinance to include “impervious public trails and paths” which allows a hard-surface, multi-modal path for walkers, bicyclists, baby strollers, and other pedestrians.
The North Fork Connectors are a group advocating for such a public trail along a 12-mile stretch of a wide creek that runs near I-85 and extends from I-285 near Mercer University to the vicinity of the Lindbergh MARTA station, where the North Fork converges with the South Fork of Peachtree Creek to become Peachtree Creek. The path will eventually connect to the Belt Line and connect to other paths throughout the Atlanta area.
Building paths near this neglected, urban waterway will help pave the way for the North Fork creek becoming an asset to the area. All over the country, people are walking their dogs, riding bikes, or eating at restaurants along a waterway. It’s time people in Atlanta enjoyed the outdoors in ways we haven’t in the past. Eyes on the creek will help protect the environmental significance of this potentially beautiful watershed.
In the SPLOST-funded master plan published in 2000, the North Fork Linear Path was advocated by DeKalb County and the PATH Foundation known throughout the state for building bike paths. The comprehensive plan includes the North Fork Peachtree Creek Trail shown connecting the Doraville MARTA station with Mercer University and extending southwest to the Fulton County line, for a total of 12.3 miles. Several schools and existing parks tie into the DeKalb County plan slated to be built in flood plain and sewer line right-of-ways.
“We are pleased that the City of Brookhaven will soon be connected to the PATH system,” said Ed McBrayer, Executive Director of the PATH Foundation. “We look forward to establishing a partnership with the City to provide trails and greenways that will promote a healthier, happier lifestyle.”
The Belt Line in downtown Atlanta and PATH400 are two projects currently under construction through PATH.
Three miles of the North Fork linear park plan lie with the city limits of Brookhaven within City Councilman Joe Gebbia’s 4th District.
“I first had the idea for a walkable park along Peachtree Creek in January, 2013, when the City of Brookhaven was barely a month old. Since then there has been a steady stream of progress and now, with assistance from the community group, The North Fork Connectors, our stream buffer ordinance represents the next major step in fulfilling the vision of a user-friendly, natural park along the waterway in the 4th District,” said Councilman Gebbia.