PATH Parkway is a beautiful, tree-lined walking and biking facility connecting West Midtown, Georgia Tech, and the Coca-Cola headquarters to Centennial Olympic Park. West Midtown residents, Georgia Tech students, Coca-Cola employees, and Atlanta visitors walk, jog and bicycle on lanes connecting to downtown and other PATH trails.
PATH Parkway: Worth the Wait!
PATH Parkway at Georgia Tech began as a dream in 1991 when a PATH volunteer team recognized the opportunity to convert all or part of the Georgia Tech Parkway into a linear park. The Parkway was an underutilized, serpentine road with a magnificent tree canopy and lots of greenspace on either side.
A couple of years ago, with encouragement from our key donors and the City of Atlanta, Georgia Tech agreed to partner with PATH to convert half of the Parkway to a linear park and trail. Great dreams can take a long time to become reality, but twenty-five years after the volunteers mapped it out over comfort food at the Ansley Picadilly PATH Parkway officially opened in December 2017.
PATH Parkway: Tech Student Design Project for a Campus-side Trail
PATH Parkway was created by repurposing the two, southbound lanes of the Tech Parkway into the bikeway, a landscaped median, and a walkway for pedestrians. The design allows for a row of trees between the bikeway and walkway providing shade for most of the route. The northbound lanes of Tech Parkway were reconfigured for two-way traffic with parking on one side.
The concept of separating users was originally proposed by a group of Georgia Tech civil engineering students being mentored by PATH. Each year PATH selects an emerging trail project and offers it to Tech students to develop a concept and preliminary design. The work done by the students frequently results in great ideas that are ultimately incorporated into the final design. PATH Parkway is one of the projects that benefited greatly from the concept advanced by the Tech students. (Click here for more information)
PATH Parkway In the News
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