Brookhaven, GA, August 23, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven Councilmembers and supporters of the proposed Peachtree Creek Greenway celebrated Tuesday evening as the City unanimously approved the Peachtree Greenway Master Plan. Scores of Peachtree Creek Greenway supporters spoke in favor of the project and reacted to the approval with applause and celebration.
“We are thrilled that the work of so many people over many years has taken hold!,” Betsy Eggers, Chairperson of the Peachtree Creek Greenway and founder of PGC, Inc. told The Post. “I am grateful that the City is stepping forward so that future generations will enjoy this legacy adventure — for walkers, runners, moms and dads with kids, people in wheelchairs, and visitors from all walks of life can enjoy this beautiful creek!”
The Peachtree Creek Greenway project (See plan below) is large in scale and would involve multiple parcels to create the 2.7 mile linear park that according to the plan, is envisioned to “feature a series of trails including nature trails, paved multi-purpose trails, and paved promenade trails near the revitalized corridor dotted with residences, offices, restaurants, bike rental stands, coffee shops and picnic areas.” The plan also suggests spanning beyond Brookhaven’s borders, providing a connection to the Atlanta Beltline and PATH400.
“Land along the Peachtree Creek is predominantly commercial, accounting for 35 parcels,” the plan states. “Multi-family housing and apartments comprise most of the remaining property along the creek. In addition, however, some open space currently exists, including a large tract of undeveloped forest near Briarwood Road that lines the creek, a smaller forest parcel further east. A total of 17 single-family homes also back onto the creek along its northern and southern reaches.”
The total estimated cost of the Peachtree Creek Greenway project is north of $35 million, not including land acquisitions which the City says will be made through various funding sources and grants.
Mayor John Ernst said he has already been contacted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed who he said is eager to see the Peachtree Creek Greenway project come to life and connect to the Atlanta Beltline. “The actions from the citizens is immense and incredibly invaluable,” Ernst said. “I look forward to funding this and connecting this throughout Brookhaven so we can have our own Brookhaven Beltline.”
Councilman Joe Gebbia, who represents District 4 who has no parks said, “Someone said we would be working to cure the drought of parks in District 4. I tell you what, this would be a big statement in that direction. I am just so excited about this and there has been so much effort put out by so many people.”
The City has hired a new Grants Administrator who, among other assignments, will be working diligently on the City achieving this initiative. Among the many alternatives to secure property for the Greenway, property easements and conservation easements are two of the preferred methods.
Stay tuned as this project unfolds. More information on the Peachtree Creek Greenway can be found here.