Here's a fact that may or may not surprise people: Buckhead is the most underparked part of the city. Sure, Chastain is Atlanta's largest city park, and some of the grander estates look like mini-parks in themselves, but the "Beverly Hills of the South" is sorely lacking in the public space department. Enter the GA 400 Trail project.
When built, the not-yet-named project will form the spine of the "Buckhead Collection", a greenspace initiative spearheaded by the non-profit organization Livable Buckhead, Inc. The 5 mile multi-use trail would begin near Loridan Drive, just south of the toll plaza, and utilize GA-400 right-of-way and some surface connections. Since there are a number of proposals, which side of 400 the trail would use is still up in the air. It would end near Lindbergh Drive, where a connection to the Beltline could occur.
In addition to a 10-14 foot wide trail for bikers, skaters, walkers, and runners, the trail project plans include the creation of some new parks. My favorite proposal has to be Tower Liquors Park, located behind the beloved Piedmont Road beverage store. OK, it's probably just the working name, but it does have a nice ring to it. And here's some trivia for you: the area behind Tower is the site of an historic Native American village! The greenspace there would include some kind of interpretive element to educate the public about the little know settlement. Other parks would be located at the end of Miami Circle off Piedmont Road, and at Mountain Way in North Buckhead
Funding for the $8 million project is coming in from a number of private and public sources, including a $3,000,000 commitment by the Path Foundation. According to Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead CID, construction could start at the end of the year. The system would be built in segments, with parts of the trail opening in three years.