Atlanta BeltLine

Case Study | Community Benefits
Atlanta BeltLine

Fast Facts

  • Historic Fourth Ward Park is designed to hold up to 5 million gallons of stormwater and withstand a 500-year storm. Park construction cost $16 million less than the concrete tunnel originally planned.
  • Once complete, the Bellwood Quarry will hold more than 2 billion gallons of drinking water. At close to 300 acres, it will also become Atlanta’s largest park.
  • The BeltLine is one of the most highly traveled multi-use trails in the United States, with more than 1.2 million users every year.
  • More than $3 billion in development has occurred within half a mile of the corridor.

The Atlanta Beltline has become a critical piece of Atlanta’s infrastructure. The 22-mile loop around the city is designed to connect Atlantans with each other and the surrounding greenspace, while at the same time manage stormwater.

The walking and biking trail links neighborhoods and provides transportation options that have helped with the city’s congestion. In addition to these benefits, the BeltLine parks are engineered to manage stormwater to ensure that Atlanta is resilient and ready for the challenges facing cities in the future. The Beltline parks serve as critical infrastructure for the city of Atlanta. They are engineered to process stormwater more efficiently than concrete pipes— addressing chronic flooding, increasing tenfold the supply of drinking water, and enabling development of the previously flood-prone and neglected Old 4th Ward neighborhood.


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