Published on May 12th, 2015 |2
Ceremony officially starts Walk Chastain widening of park’s PATH
Construction on the new widened multi-use PATH along the west side of the park is to begin this month and be completed late this year or early next year. This project, expected to cost about $2 million, is part of the Conservancy’s $5.2 million capital campaign.
The PATH Foundation will manage the construction of the Walk Chastain project, which will widen the path from 4 feet to 10-12 feet, increase the safety buffer from cars to 4 feet plus installing granite curbs and a guardrail and will improve crosswalk intersections.
Despite the scope of work that will be done along Powers Ferry Road on this project, the PATH Foundation’s Pete Pellegrini recently announced, “The Design team has successfully minimized the construction impact placed on the existing trees that front the new PATH.”
Pellegrini explained, “A total of one tree will be removed by the proposed construction with the park receiving a total of 10 new three-inch caliper trees as well as a safer trail venue for those visiting the park.”
He added that the Conservancy “has created a win/win for all project stakeholders that will meet the Atlanta Tree Ordinance and create another generation of trees for all park visitors to enjoy for the next 70 years.”
“As a Conservancy, we take great care in protecting the existing tree canopy and ensuring we plant new trees that are appropriate to the area,” said Rosa McHugh, executive director of the Chastain Park Conservancy.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, who has pushed hard with the city departments to get this project approved and permitted, said at the groundbreaking ceremony, “The investments we make in our green spaces and our parks are the most important things we can do.”
The Conservancy’s invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony stated, “Walk Chastain is the #1 project from the 2008 Atlanta City Council-approved Chastain Park Master Plan. In celebrating our 10th Anniversary, we are proud to now launch the construction for Walk Chastain – the widening of the .9 mile of the PATH on Powers Ferry Road to make it safer and more enjoyable for all.”
It was a bright, sunny and warm day for the 40-minute ceremony at the Chastain Tennis Center Plaza, which began at 11 a.m.
Participating in the official groundbreaking were, left to right, Brian McHugh of the Buckhead CID; Joe Sainato, project engineer with Lowe Engineers; CPC founder JP Matzigkeit; Dist. 8 Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean; Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Amy Phuong; Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki; CPC Executive Director Rosa McHugh; PATH Foundation project manager Pete Pellegrini; Jennifer Richter, incoming CPC board chair, Matt Otten, present CPC board chair.