The South Fork Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the banks of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek, recently installed a pedestrian bridge connecting Peachtree Creek Greenway to Path400 in the Lindbergh neighborhood of Buckhead.
At a cost of $2 million, the 175-foot bridge installed on August 21 is a crucial step in a larger plan to join 31 miles of trails along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek all the way from Emory to the BeltLine and Path400 in South Buckhead.
In addition to cleaning up, restoring, and connecting paths along the disparate forks of Peachtree Creek, the Confluence Pedestrian Bridge also provides access to greenspace in an urban area considered to be high need for parks by the Trust for Public Land. The 72,000 pound state-of-the-art steel bridge has been designed so as to not disturb the health of the creek. The only remaining piece of the project’s puzzle is an ADA accessible ramp which awaits action by the city. All told, the bridge and ramp structure will be nearly as long as a football field.
“This is one of the most ambitious projects our organization has ever supported,” said Park Pride executive director Michael Halicki. “South Fork Conservancy is blazing new trails and taking a bold step with this pedestrian bridge to connect Atlantans to more greenspaces and natural waterways.”
The South Fork Conservancy is responsible for five miles of trails and mobilizing development of three parks along Peachtree Creek’s South Fork. The Conservancy’s projects include Armand Park, Zonolite Park, Cheshire Farm, The Meadow Loop, Peavine Trail, and Confluence Trail.