South Peachtree Creek Trail

This page is devoted to documents, files and links to sites with information related to the construction of the South Peachtree Creek Multi-Use Trail (aka "PATH" trail) from Medlock Park to Mason Mill Park completed at the end of 2008. By providing links to content outside the CHCA website, CHCA does not necessarily endorse the opinions expressed or vouchsafe the reliability of the information in those sites.  For information on later phases of the trail since 2008, search the site for "South Peachtree Creek Trail."

CHCA Documents 2004-2008
News reports and historical documents
PATH and other Communities
State and National Standards for multi-use trails
Articles on Multiuse Trails in Urban Forests
Eminent Domain Info from State of Georgia
State and Local Codes on Land Disturbance

Update: January 1, 2009.  The trail from Medlock Park to the Burnt Fork Creek stone bridge in Mason Mill Park is now completed. Some work remains in phase one. The contractor will clean up the construction materials, and CHCA/MANA volunteers will continue to work with the county to replant cleared sections. Phase Two, if implemented as proposed, would connect the stone bridge to McConnell Drive near the Tennis Center. A third segment, if implemented as proposed, would connect the trail from the end of McConnell Drive to Clairmont Road near Emory's Clairmont Campus.  A fourth segment, if implemented as proposed, would connect the tennis center to North Druid Hills Road.

Past Updates

  • December 19, 2008. The county and opposition plaintiffs reached an agreement to allow completion of Phase One, specifically, the wooden bridge connecting the boardwalk to the concrete sections in Mason Mill Park.  See AJC article or Champion article. Completion is expected by end of this year (2008).  Replanting efforts over the winter and spring will continue under direction of County Greenspace director Dave Butler and the Oversight Committee.  Assistance with site clean-up and planting of large trees that had been negotiated with the PATH Foundation will now be undertaken by the new contractor.
  • October 15, 2008. The county, working with a different contractor than the one currently under legal challenge, hopes to complete the middle section of the trail that was left unfinished. CHCA, MANA, and the trail oversight committee in coordination with the county have initiated a replanting project. First session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 p.m. till dark at the Mason Mill end of the trail.
  • August 22, 2008. A new group formed to support the trail. New article "Stalled path has allies, foes" by Ty Tagami, AJC, August 21, 2008.
  • August 15, 2008. A superior court judge has ruled (see attached) that the county and the PATH Foundation must stop work on the South Peachtree Creek Trail because the contract was not set out for bid nor properly approved by the Board of Commissioners nor properly permitted. More information can be found online in the AJC, the Champion and at GoDekalb. The county has appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. Opponents in the meantime obtained a stop work order.
  • June 30, 2008. The trail in Medlock Park – both the boardwalk and the concrete – seem to be completed and open to the public. In other words, you can walk or bike from the parking lot to Willivee Drive. In addition, a second stop sign was added to the northbound side of Willivee -- on the more visible left hand side.
  • June 20, 2008. The Oversight Committee walked the site with PATH Foundation and county reps. Concrete segment in Mason Mill complete and EPD ok'd removal of silt fences. Boardwalk segment in Medlock completed; concrete segment nearly complete. Boardwalk construction started in Mason Mill. Committee gave top priority to drainage mitigation and slope stabilization. Completion estimated in 45 days.
  • June 6, 2008. The clear span steel bridge across Peachtree Creek west of Willivee Drive bridge has been installed. The boardwalk from Willivee Drive to the drainage ditch in Medlock is complete, except for the bridge over the ditch. The first section of the concrete segment in Medlock has been poured. Two additional stop signs have been installed at the intersection of Scott Circle and Willivee Drive. Photos
  • May 28, 2008. Concrete segment in Mason Mill from Burnt Fork Creek bridge to sewer cut completed. First abutment for wooden bridge over sewer cut completed. First abutment for steel bridge over Peachtree completed. Footings for boardwalk segment in Medlock in process. Photos.
  • May 20, 2008. Uploaded notes on May 16 Oversight Committee site visit and link to photos.
  • May 19, 2008. Added links to May 16, 2008 AJC article and May 18, 2008 GDK article. Added section with articles on multi-use trails in urban forests and along stream corridors. Added more documents from 1997 including route options, meeting flyer, steering committee roster, letter from Willivee Place.
  • May 17, 2008. Update given at Annual Meeting, May 15. Monthly Oversight Committee meeting on site May 16. Notes pending. Links added for 1930 Water Works map showing dirt roads through Mason Mill woods, 1988 Parks Master Plan showing connecting trail between Mason Mill and Medlock Parks, Fall 1995 Druid Hills newsletter article, 1995 and 1996 Correspondence between Nature Preserve and PATH Foundation, and Spring 2004 CHCA newsletter article.
  • May 8, 2008. Clearance of boardwalk route from sewer cut in Mason Mill to Peachtree Creek crossing nearly done. Third native plant rescue by CHCA and Oversight Committee members completed on Sunday, May 4. First section of concrete poured in Mason Mill Park. Photos here.
  • April 28, 2008: After a week's hiatus to address EPD concerns and one day of wet weather, PATH will resume work Tuesday April 29, 2008.
  • April 25, 2008: photos and April 23, 2008 CHCA Update
  • April 24, 2008: PATH stopped work voluntarily to correct EPD violations. DeKalb County used construction access road and cleared an additional 150 yards to fix sewer line on creek unrelated to PATH construction. Map and photos here. Members of Oversight Committee and CHCA tag or remove selected native plants.
  • April 15, 2008: Judge refuses to issue new TRO based on ZBA resolutions. Trail construction continues with installation of more silt fencing and tree fencing in Mason Mill. PATH agrees to remove abandoned sewer pipes outside the trail route. Clearance nearly completed from access road at Willivee Place to ridge above stone bridge at Burnt Fork Creek.
  • April 4, 2008: Judge voids temporary restraining order. Construction may resume.
  • March 4, 2008: Trail contractors were set to begin construction but were halted by opponents who obtained a temporary restraining order.
  • Feb. 29, 2008: Silt fence contractor has spray painted and flagged locations for a double silt fence to go around the periphery of the project to prevent disturbed soil going into creeks.

CHCA Documents 2004-2008

News reports and historical documents

PATH and other Communities

State and National Standards for multi-use trails

Articles on Multiuse Trails in Urban Forests

Eminent Domain Info from State of Georgia

State and Local Codes and Guidance on Land Disturbance (erosion control, etc.)

Summer2006.pdf293.67 KB
TrailDescription1998.pdf501.79 KB
StateGrantApp1994.pdf1.99 MB
2006Q&A.pdf293.9 KB
GeorgiaPower.pdf437.62 KB
Timeline20080228.pdf122.98 KB
CHCAUpdate20080213.pdf18.34 KB
1997CommunityReviewLow.jpg192.46 KB
1998MFPCFlyerLow.jpg142.45 KB
ForestMemo20080205.pdf75.28 KB
20000127AJCletter.pdf823 KB
20000120CommunityReview.pdf873.41 KB
20000120Champion.pdf524.56 KB
20000118AJC.pdf881.43 KB
20000106Champion.pdf732.5 KB
20000111BOCTrailPlan.pdf1.67 MB
Trailupdate20080421.pdf147.16 KB
1995DHCAsupport.pdf125.25 KB
1930WaterWorks.pdf1.26 MB
19951206PATHcorr.pdf258.52 KB
19960108PATHcorr.pdf411.15 KB
19971002meetingflyer.pdf24.82 KB
19971015routeoptions.pdf262.78 KB
199711steeringctee.pdf18.07 KB
19971222williveeletter1.pdf210.52 KB
20080516OversightCommitteeNotes.doc31.5 KB
200808CourtRuling.pdf6.03 MB
19981015PATHcontract.pdf458.54 KB