By Rob Brawner, Executive Director of Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
The past year has been an exciting one for Atlanta Parks and Trails.
In the primary election on Tuesday, May 24, Atlanta voters can continue to advance the vision of a greener, safer and more connected city by approving three ballot measures that will provide $750 million for improvements essential to streets, sidewalks, parks, recreation centers and public safety facilities.
These referendums are one of the best options for quickly generating funds to improve parks and trails, keep residents safe, and carry out necessary repairs and maintenance. They will help build greater connectivity to the BeltLine via PATH’s multi-use trail network and improving and expanding green spaces, putting more Atlantans within a 10-minute walk of a park.
The comprehensive list of projects adopted by the Atlanta City Council reflects fair investment across the city and includes important parks and trails projects in BeltLine communities:
- Nearly $40 million to improve parks and recreation centers within walking distance of the BeltLine, including Grove Park, the Outdoor Activity Center, Chosewood Park and Maddox Park
- Multiple trail connections and sidewalk improvements to create safe Beltline access for Southwest and Southeast communities
- Over $1.8 million to work alongside philanthropic investments to expand Enota Park on the Westside Trail
- Substantial investments in maintenance facilities
There are three separate questions on the ballot to move Atlanta forward. A five-year fractional-penny sales tax renewal TSPLOST is expected to bring in $350 million, and two separate general bonds will provide an additional $400 million. Current projections call for more than $3 billion in infrastructure investment needed over the next 20 years. A yes vote now on all three questions will keep our city on track to meet this need.
You can help ensure the success of funding applications. Be sure to vote and share the information with your family and friends. The election takes place on Tuesday May 24 and early voting begins on Monday May 2. The last day to register to vote is April 24, 2022.