PATH crews recently completed Phase 2 of the Clayton Connects trail in and around International Park and the Lake Spivey Golf Club. The 1 mile addition to the growing trail network in central Clayton County begins in International Park and weaves in and out of the Lake Spivey Golf Course to a new trailhead near the clubhouse.
Phase 1, consisting of three miles of trail in International Park and through the Lake Spivey neighborhood, was completed in August, 2016. The trail weaves through the Atlanta Beach and Water Club (the beach volleyball venue for the 1996 Olympic Games) and connects the Clayton County Parks headquarters and the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center to several Lake Spivey neighborhoods.
The ‘Clayton Connects’ master plan proposes over 120 miles of trails, connecting the College Park trail near Hartsfield/Jackson Airport to Clayton State University, Jonesboro, International Park, Rex, Morrow, Riverdale, and rural areas south of Lovejoy. The Plan also suggests a facelift and re-branding of the Jester’s Creek Trail built by the County in the 1990’s.
Phase 3 of Clayton Connects will connect International Park to the intersection of Waverly Drive and Walt Stephens Road, as an initial step toward downtown Jonesboro. Phase 3 construction began in February 2018 and will continue through Spring.
Phase 4 will connect the east and west sides of International Park with a south side connector paralleling Walt Stephens. The PATH design team began designing Phase 4 early last month. The PATH partnership with Clayton County has produced almost five miles of trails making International Park a favored destination for walkers and cyclists from all quadrants of the county.
Grand Opening of Joe Hamilton Spur
The extension of Clayton Connects from international Park to the Lake Spivey Golf Club was opened to the public at the dedication ceremony on March 3rd. The mile-long spur is named the Joe Hamilton Spur, honoring the proprietor of the Lake Spivey Golf Club. Mr. Hamilton was instrumental to having the trail developed, donating the easement for the trail and lobbying county officials for funding. The county acknowledged Mr. Hamilton’s contribution by installing a plaque and granite markers in his honor.
Lake Spivey Trail
Mixed Use Trail At Golf Course
Golf enthusiasts from adjacent neighborhoods are allowed to drive their carts on the trail to access the clubhouse. PATH erected signs designating certain segments of the trail for shared use. Additional signs have been posted warning trail users not to walk or bike on intersecting golf cart paths.
The trail in International Park was constructed using Clayton County SPLOST funding. Your donations to PATH helped pay to design and engineer the trail. A special thanks to Nathan Parrott, former Greenspace Coordinator, and Chief Operating Officer Deitrick Stanford for fostering development of trails in Clayton. We are proud to have played a part in developing your first path.
The Joe Hamilton Spur was also funded by the Clayton County SPLOST fund with design and construction oversight funded by donors to PATH.
PATH crews started construction of the Jonesboro Connection west of International Park last month. An additional segment of the trail system along Walt Stephens Road that will connect the new Recreation Center to the Joe Hamilton Spur is currently being designed by the PATH design team.
Clayton Connects - District 4 Trail Maps
Six miles of trail connecting International Park, Reid Stephens Park, and Lake Spivey Golf Club and adjacent neighborhoods
Greenway Trail Master Plan
Map prepared by the PATH Foundation and KAIZEN Collaborative