Proctor Creek: From polluted waterway to Emerald Corridor

Published in Creative Loafing Atlanta on October 22, 2015

"And adjacent to where Proctor Creek meets Hollowell, inside a former gas station that's been revamped as an office for planners and architects, the nonprofit Emerald Corridor Foundation is piecing together a grand plan that it says will help build on those efforts, add parks and a bike trail linking Atlanta to its waterfront, and spark redevelopment. The foundation's board includes former Atlanta Braves player Mark Teixeira, finance and consulting executives, and a sustainability nonprofit leader.

Known as the Emerald Corridor, the project has been several quiet years in the making. The first phase calls for building a 7-mile creekside trail along the waterway, starting at Maddox Park at Hollowell and snaking its way through northwest Atlanta neighborhoods, until the stream ends at the Chattahoochee. The estimated $20 million project would bring to life approximately 400 acres of greenspace along the path. New parks would be donated to the city once complete. A portion of the land along the creek would create a buffer, helping to protect it from the kind of pollution that has prompted government officials to post signs warning people not to play or fish in the waterway. The trail, which would run approximately 200 feet from — and connect to — the proposed Westside Reservoir Park at Bellwood Quarry, would also touch the Atlanta Beltline, linking nearly 45 neighborhoods to the river via a trail."

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