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Outdoor Hikes & Tours

    • July 22, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakland Cemetery, Memorial Drive Entrance


    This 12-mile bike tour is based on a history project that was developed by Emory University. You will get to see ten of the most historically important sites of the Battle of Atlanta. This entire tour takes about 5 hours, which  includes a one-hour lunch stop in East Atlanta Village. You can do all or part of the tour. Argosy, our lunch stop, is good place to stop or start if you only want to do part of the tour.

    ITINERARY*

    * Route is subject to change.

    GETTING THERE / PARKING

    • The King Memorial MARTA station is a short walk to the Oakland Cemetery Visitor's Center. See this map. 
    • Taking Uber to the cemetery is another option.

    • July 23, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ponce City Market


    Non-members, if you would like to save some money, please consider JOINING Urban Explorers of Atlanta. 

    ABOUT THESE TOURS 

    Our SUB-AREA tours are a series of guided walking tours designed for those who would like to get better acquainted with the 45 distinct neighborhoods that lie on or along the Atlanta Beltline. The series consists of ten tours that correspond to the ten sub-areas that make up the make up the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area

    The tours last 3-4 hours and typically include a lunch stop somewhere along the line. The routes are mostly flat and paved but you you must be able to walk 5-7 miles at a moderate pace. You may participate in part or all of the route as long as you let our tour guide know in advance.

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This tour begins at Ponce City Market. It ends where the Beltline corridor comes into Armour Yard. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 6.

    Neighborhoods that fall within Subarea 6 are: Ansley Park, Midtown, Morningside, Piedmont Heights, Sherwood Forest, and Virginia Highland. Subarea 6 amenities include Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Midtown Atlanta, Ansley Mall, Grady High School, and Ansley Golf Course.

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town (on foot) with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)
    ABOUT URBAN EXPLORERS

    ATLANTA BELTLINE MASTER PLAN

    For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project. 


    • July 29, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Bankhead MARTA Station


    Non-members, if you would like to save some money, please consider JOINING Urban Explorers of Atlanta. 

    ABOUT THESE TOURS 

    Our SUB-AREA tours are a series of guided walking tours designed for those who would like to get better acquainted with the 45 distinct neighborhoods that lie on or along the Atlanta Beltline. The series consists of ten tours that correspond to the ten sub-areas that make up the make up the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area

    The tours last 3-4 hours and typically include a lunch stop somewhere along the line. The routes are mostly flat and paved but you you must be able to walk 5-7 miles at a moderate pace. You may participate in part or all of the route as long as you let our tour guide know in advance.

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This tour begins at the Bankhead MARTA station. It ends West End MARTA station. There will be a picnic lunch stop in Washington Park. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 10.

    From the northern border of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, the Atlanta BeltLine corridor continues into Maddox Park, traverses Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, passes by Washington Park, and continues south to interstate 20, which is the northern border of Subarea 1.

    The neighborhoods of Subarea 10 are: Ashview Heights, Bankhead, Hunter Hills, Just Us, Mozley Park, and Washington Park. Nearby are the Ashby MARTA station, the Atlanta University Center, Booker T. Washington High School, Washington Park Tennis Center, and more.

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town (on foot) with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)
    ABOUT URBAN EXPLORERS

    ATLANTA BELTLINE MASTER PLAN

    For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project. 


    • July 30, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    • Rodney Cook Sr. Park, Vine City


    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This 15-mile ride will take us through four parks who were designed in whole or in part by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr and/or his sons, The Olmsted Brothers.

    1. MIMS PARK, VINE CITY
    2. SPRINGVALE PARK, INMAN PARK
    3. PIEDMONT PARK, MIDTOWN
    4. OLMSTED LINEAR PARK, DRUID HILLS

    The tour begins in Rodney Cook Sr. Park (formerly Mims Park) in Vine City. It ends in downtwon Decatur. There will bre an optional brunch after the ride.

    The bike route will take us through the neighborhoods of Vine City, Downtown, Sweet Auburn, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Poncey Highlands, Virginia Highlands, Midtown, Virgina-Highlands, Druid Hills and Decatur.

    We will be riding along several dedicated trails including those in the Stone Mountain Trail;, Freedom Park Trail and Atlanta Beltline. A good portion of our ride will take us on some of Atlanta's most interesting streets including Elizabeth St, Krog St, Irwin St, Jackson St (incl Jackson St bridge), Peachtree Center Ave and Lucky St.

    In addition to the Olmsted-designed/inspired parks listed above, we will also be riding through or by Freedom Park, Woodruff Park, Centennial Olympic Park and the proposed Memorial Drive Greenway. Along the way we will also pass some of Atlanta's most historical landmarks and areas including the Fairlie-Poplar District, the Georgia State Capital, Liberty Plaza, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District, Historic Oakland Cemetery and more.

    ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE

    Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta. 

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Each rider must register separately.
    • All riders must wear helmets.
    • This ride is NOT suitable for beginning riders due to the amount of in-street riding.
    • Click here to view Interactive Route Map
    • Route map and times are subject to change.
    GETTING THERE & BACK

    • The Vine City MARTA station is 0.6 miles from our starting point Rodney Cook Sr. Park (formerly Mims Park)
    • The Decatur Marta Station is at the ending point in downtown Decatur
    • August 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lindbergh Station


    Non-members, if you would like to save some money, please consider JOINING Urban Explorers of Atlanta. 

    ABOUT THESE TOURS 

    Our SUB-AREA tours are a series of guided walking tours designed for those who would like to get better acquainted with the 45 distinct neighborhoods that lie on or along the Atlanta Beltline. The series consists of ten tours that correspond to the ten sub-areas that make up the make up the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area

    The tours last 3-4 hours and typically include a lunch stop somewhere along the line. The routes are mostly flat and paved but you you must be able to walk 5-7 miles at a moderate pace. You may participate in part or all of the route as long as you let our tour guide know in advance.

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This tour begins at Lindbergh Station. It ends where the Beltline corridor comes into Armour Yard. There will likely be an optional post-tour get-together at La Parrilla Mexican. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 7.

    Subarea 7 of the Atlanta BeltLine envelopes the neighborhoods between where highways 75 and 85 split to the north. The trails and transit will spur north to Lindbergh MARTA station and cross underneath Peachtree Street at Piedmont Hospital. Tanyard Creek Trail is an open and active path of the Atlanta BeltLine in this subarea.

    Subarea 7 neighborhoods include: Ardmore Park, Brookwood and Brookwood Hills, Collier Hills, Lindbergh and Lindbergh City Center, Lindridge, Martin Manor, and Peachtree Hills. Conveniences to note in this subarea are Tanyard Creek and the Atlanta Memorial Trail, Bobby Jones Golf Course, Piedmont Hospital, Lindbergh City Center, and more.

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town (on foot) with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)
    ABOUT URBAN EXPLORERS

    ATLANTA BELTLINE MASTER PLAN

    For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project. 


    • August 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Waffle House, 1700 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318


    Non-members, if you would like to save some money, please consider JOINING Urban Explorers of Atlanta. 

    ABOUT THESE TOURS 

    Our SUB-AREA tours are a series of guided walking tours designed for those who would like to get better acquainted with the 45 distinct neighborhoods that lie on or along the Atlanta Beltline. The series consists of ten tours that correspond to the ten sub-areas that make up the make up the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area

    The tours last 3-4 hours and typically include a lunch stop somewhere along the line. The routes are mostly flat and paved but you you must be able to walk 5-7 miles at a moderate pace. You may participate in part or all of the route as long as you let our tour guide know in advance.

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This tour begins at the Waffle House on Howell Mill. It ends where the Beltline corridor comes out onto Marietta Street. There will likely be an optional post-tour get-together at Bone Garden Cantina. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 8.

    After the Atlanta BeltLine crosses highway 75, it dips south towards Atlantic Station and the Atlanta Waterworks and ends at the Marietta Street artery. Subarea 8 includes Atlantic Station and West Midtown, both hotspots for a live-work-play lifestyle. Other neighborhoods are Berkeley Park, Blandtown, Channing Valley, Home Park, Loring Heights, and the Marietta Street artery.

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town (on foot) with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)
    ABOUT URBAN EXPLORERS

    ATLANTA BELTLINE MASTER PLAN

    For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project. 


    • August 21, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Tiger Mountain Vineyards


    We're going on an adult field trip to watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse! This is a Monday so, the first thing you need to do is get the day off.  Here's what we have planned...

    • Round-trip motor coach w/ driver
    • Number of people who sign up determine size of vehicle
    • Motor coach leaves from Lenox Square Mall at 9:00AM and returns at 6:00PM
    • 9:00 - 11:30, Ride to Tiger Mountain Vineyards (mimosas + solar eclipse trivia on board)
    • 11:30 - 12:00, Wine tasting and tour
    • 12:00 - 1:30, Lunch at Red Barn Cafe at Tiger Mountain Vineyards (you can eat in the cafe OR have a picnic lunch on the property)
    • 1:06, Eclipse begins
    • 2:35, Totality begins
    • 2:38, Totality ends
    • 3:00, Motor coach departs Tiger Mountain Vineyards
    • 5:30 - 6:00, Motor coach arrive at Lenox Square Mall
    Your registration fee includes round-trip transportation, morning mimosas, lunch, tax and gratuity. Wine tasting is optional and will appear in the registration form as an option.
    • September 02, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Downtown ATL; location TBA to those who register


    If you would like to meet up with other UXATL members please register here. To get a spot anywhere near the parade route we will need to arrive by 8:00AM please keep that in mind. 

    • September 03, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Huff Road & Marietta Street


    Non-members, if you would like to save some money, please consider JOINING Urban Explorers of Atlanta. 

    ABOUT THESE TOURS 

    Our SUB-AREA tours are a series of guided walking tours designed for those who would like to get better acquainted with the 45 distinct neighborhoods that lie on or along the Atlanta Beltline. The series consists of ten tours that correspond to the ten sub-areas that make up the make up the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area

    The tours last 3-4 hours and typically include a lunch stop somewhere along the line. The routes are mostly flat and paved but you you must be able to walk 5-7 miles at a moderate pace. You may participate in part or all of the route as long as you let our tour guide know in advance.

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This tour begins at the intersection of Huff Road and Marietta Street. It ends Bankhead MARTA station. There will be an picnic lunch in Washington Park. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 9.

    From the Marietta Street Artery, Subarea 9 runs south to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. Neighborhoods include: Grove Park, Howell Station, Knight Park, Marietta Street Artery, and Rockdale. Subarea 9 amenities include the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Reservoir Park, proximity to Georgia Tech, and a connection at the Bankhead MARTA station.

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town (on foot) with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)
    ABOUT URBAN EXPLORERS

    ATLANTA BELTLINE MASTER PLAN

    For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project. 


    • September 10, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Oakland City MARTA Station

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This guided tour begins at the Oakland City MARTA station and ends at the West End MARTA station. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 1 of the Atlanta Beltline Master Planning Area, which includes most of the new Westside Trail.

    Subarea 1 starts in Atlanta’s historic West End at the intersection of I-20 and Langhorn Street where the corridor passes under the highway. From I-20, the Atlanta BeltLine runs south to the west of Muse Street, passes underneath Ralph David Abernathy at the intersections of Cascade and White Street (by the Kroger City Center), and along White Street all the way to Lee Street. 

    Sub-area 1 includes the neighborhoods of Oakland City, West End and Westview neighborhoods. It also includes Gordon White Park, Enota Park, Rose Circle Park and Westview Cemetery.

    NON-MEMBERS: You can save $25 per tour by purchasing an Adventure Pass

    SUB-AREA TOURS 

    Our "sub-area" tours are for those who want to get to know the 45 Beltline neighborhoods better. The series consists of 10 different tours that correspond to the ten Atlanta Beltline Planning sub areas

    These guided tours are 7-10 miles in length (mostly flat) and last about three hours. We generally start and stop at a MARTA transit station. We also stop along the way to observe and discuss the neighborhoods we are riding through. Most tours include a picnic lunch at a park or similar location.

    YOUR TOUR GUIDE

    Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    • September 14, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309


    If you like to explore and eat really good pizza, this unique tour is for you! We combined the highlights of our Eastside Trail Walking Tour with the best pizza in Atlanta to provide you with a fun, informative and delicious experience. Here's what you can expect...

    • First, you will get to eat at three of the top (artisan) pizzarias in Atlanta!
    • You will get an insider's look at the Atlanta Betline, an exciting rails-to-trails project that is transforming the City of Atlanta on many levels.
    • You will see and learn about some of Atlanta's most historic sites and landmarks.
    • We can't promise that you will burn off ALL of the calories but you will get some exercise as we walk 3-4 miles at a leisurely pace.
    • You can expect to meet some fun and interesting people.
    TOUR ROUTE
    • Our tour begins with a really fun hike through Historic Piedmont Park. This crown jewel of Atlanta's Emerald Necklace was the site of the Cotton States & International Exhibtion of 1895. It was also home to the first Georgia vs Auburn football game (1892) which has been called the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry."
    • You will get to see the Atlanta Beltline corridor in its natural state as we explore the interim hiking trail from Monroe Street to Piedmont Road.
    • During this part of the tour, you will be walking on the oldest of four "belt lines" (railroad tracks) that were built around the City of Atlanta between 1871 and 1908. 
    • Upon reaching the northwest corner of the park, we will head southward along the Piedmont Park Promenade which meanders its way through a beautiful forest and along Clear Creek.
    • We will pass the Atlanta Botanical Gardens before making our way through the Six Springs Wetlands along an elevated boardwalk.
    • We emerge from the wetlands near two dog parks. Yep, two. Little dogs and big dogs each have their own park.
    • The interim hiking trail turns into the Eastside Trail where the Beltline corridor crosses Monroe Street. This 2.2 mile paved bike and walking path had over 1.7 million visitors in 2017!
    • Our first pizza stop is Brezza Cucina & Pizzeria, a stunning reataurant that is located in Ponce City Market.
    • We could spend all day in PCM but we have places to go and pizza to eat! While we are there you will learn about the fascinating history of this former Sears Roebuck & Co. distribution center and the surrounding area.
    • After Brezza we will walk off some more calories as we continue southward past Historic Fourth Ward Park. You will learn how this amazing Beltline project transformed acres of asphalt into an award-winning park.
    • After a 1.5-mile walk we arrive at our second pizzaria which is Fritti. This sexy restaurnt is in the heart of Historic Inman Park's business district.
    • Eating on Fritti's patio, which features a giant red umbrella, is "al fresco" dining at its best. 
    • When we leave Fritti, we will take a quick spin through Inman Park on our way back to the Eastside Trail. You will learn about the history of Atlanta's first garden suburb as we work our way to our third pizzaria...
    • Varuni Napoli is located in Krog Street Market, which is a west-coast style food hall that was built on the site of a 100+ year old stove manufacturing facility. Here you will find the perfect compliments to your pizza including some of the best craft beer and ice cream you will find anywhere!
    At this point, you have several options...
    • Walk back to Park Tavern (2 miles) or your final destination.
    • Take a ride sharing service back to Park Tavern or your final destination.
    • Hop on a Relay Bike and ride back to Park Tavern or your final destination.
    • Continue to explore Inman Park.

    REGISTRATION FEE

    • Your registration fee includes the guided tour and two slices of pizza at each pizzaria (six slices total). It also includes tax and gratuity on your food.
    • Beverages are not included so you can order whatever you want to drink.
    • Select the "Friends & Family" option if you would like to share your pizza with ONE friend or family member. This is for non-members only.
    • If you would like to save some money please consider joining Urban Explorers.

    ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE

    Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta. He is as passionate about the history of Atlanta as he is his pizza!

    • September 16, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Brickstore Pub, 125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030
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    Join us for an early fall hike through one of the most beautiful parks in the City of Atlanta. This guided walking tour features history, nature, fitness, fun and food! Check out these photos and videos of previous tours.

    ITINERARY*

    • 09:00, Optional breakfast at the Majestic Diner
    • 10:00, Interpretive tour begins in front of the Majestic Diner. We will explore and learn as we make our way eastward through Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove, Shadyside, Dellwood parks.
    • 11:00, Stroll through Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center
    • 11:45, Hike through Deepdene Park (stunning old growth forest)
    • 12:30, Tour officially ends here; those who would like to continue on to Decatur may do so
    • 1:00, Optional get-together at the Brick Store Pub in downtown Decatur

    * Route and times subject to change. Please be flexible. You may join us anywhere along this route. 

    ABOUT THESE PARKS

    The Historic Olmsted Linear Park is two miles long and runs along Ponce de Leon Avenue, through the heart of the historic Druid Hills neighborhood. It stretches from Briarcliff Road on the west to Ridgecrest Road on the east.

    The park consists of six segments, each of which has its own distinct look and feel. From west to east they are Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove, Shadyside, Dellwood, and Deepdene (an old growth forest).

    HISTORY

    The area known as Druid Hills was developed by Atlantan Joel Hurt of the Kirkwood Land Company. In 1890 Hurt persuaded Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., who was then working at Biltmore Estate, to travel south to see the 1,500-acre tract he had purchased. Olmsted subsequently agreed to prepare a plan for a residential suburb.

    Olmsted submitted a preliminary plan to Hurt in 1893 in which the linear park was first laid out. The firm produced a final plan in 1905, two years after the death of its founder. Olmsted’s sons remained involved with the project until 1908, when the property was acquired by the Druid Hills Corporation. This group of investors, which included Coca-Cola magnate Asa G. Candler, completed development of the suburb and park.

    Though the original park design remained intact, plants and installations inconsistent with Olmsted’s aesthetic were added over the years. Poor maintenance and the effects of erosion also contributed to a decline. In the 1980s, the park was threatened by a proposed freeway, though community opposition eventually blocked its construction. To rehabilitate the park, a coalition was formed that included the Olmsted Parks Society, Druid Hills Civic Association, Park Pride, the city of Atlanta, DeKalb County and Fernbank. Representatives drafted a master plan for restoration, aided by specialists in Olmstedian preservation. The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance was created in 1997 to implement the plan.

     

    • September 17, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Bankhead MARTA Station


    Non-members, if you would like to save some money, please consider JOINING Urban Explorers of Atlanta. 

    ABOUT THESE TOURS 

    Our SUB-AREA tours are a series of guided walking tours designed for those who would like to get better acquainted with the 45 distinct neighborhoods that lie on or along the Atlanta Beltline. The series consists of ten tours that correspond to the ten sub-areas that make up the make up the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area

    The tours last 3-4 hours and typically include a lunch stop somewhere along the line. The routes are mostly flat and paved but you you must be able to walk 5-7 miles at a moderate pace. You may participate in part or all of the route as long as you let our tour guide know in advance.

    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This tour begins at the Bankhead MARTA station. It ends West Lake MARTA station. There will be a picnic lunch stop in Washington Park. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 10.

    From the northern border of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, the Atlanta BeltLine corridor continues into Maddox Park, traverses Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, passes by Washington Park, and continues south to interstate 20, which is the northern border of Subarea 1.

    The neighborhoods of Subarea 10 are: Ashview Heights, Bankhead, Hunter Hills, Just Us, Mozley Park, and Washington Park. Nearby are the Ashby MARTA station, the Atlanta University Center, Booker T. Washington High School, Washington Park Tennis Center, and more.

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town (on foot) with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)
    ABOUT URBAN EXPLORERS

    ATLANTA BELTLINE MASTER PLAN

    For planning purposes, the Atlanta BeltLine is divided into 10 separate subareas. Each of these areas has undergone an extensive planning process where all considerations for various land uses are mapped out. These maps illustrate these plans, and they include designs for green space, residential and commercial development, transit, and other components. In addition, a map of the tax allocation district shows the impact area for the TAD, created in 2005 to help fund the Atlanta BeltLine project. 


    • September 21, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309


    This  tour is also offered as a Sunset Tour. Please visit our Adventure Calendar for exact dates and times.

    ABOUT THESE TOURS

    ExploreATL is a unique series of walking tours designed for those who are new to Atlanta, visiting from out of town or just want to get to know our city a little better.

    These guided tours range from 1 to 3 hours and involve 3 to 5 miles of walking at an easy pace. If you come on one of our tours, you can expect to have FUN, get some EXERCISE and LEARN some new things. Urban Explorers are adventurous and curious so expect to meet some interesting people!

    ITINERARY*

    • 09:45am, Meet in the parking lot at Park Tavern
    • 10:00, Tour begins
    • 10:45, Ponce City Market (30-min food & beverage stop)
    • 11:30, Inman Park
    • 12:00, Krog Street Market (30-min food & beverage stop)
    • 12:30, Depart Krog Street Market
    • 1:00, Arrive back at Park Tavern (alternatively, you can take a car service back to Park Tavern)

    * Times and tour rate are subject to change based on weather conditions, group size and other factors. Total walking distance is aprox. 5 miles round trip.

    WHAT YOU WILL SEE & LEARN

    • Workin' on the railroad! Brief history of Atlanta as a railroad town and how four 100+ year old "belt lines" set the stage for one of the most successful redevelopment projects in the world
    • Crown jewel of Atlanta's emerald necklace: Piedmont Park (home of the Cotton States & International Exhibition  of 1895)
    • If these magnolias could talk! Baseball lore from Historic Ponce Park (fomer home of the Atlanta Crackers)
    • Two-million square foot historical rennovation that is now Ponce City Market (fomerly a Sears Roebuck & Co distribution center)
    • Historic Ford Factory Lofts (where they once made Model Ts and Model As)
    • REDRUM: Resurrection of the Beltline Kroger
    • 33 Oaks: The amazing art of David Landis
    • Talk about magnolias! You're looking at the longest linear arboretum in the world right now.
    • Amazing story of Historic Fourth Ward Park (aka, Clear Creek Basin)
    • Grab your things, I've come to take you to Three Tree Hill (breathtaking views of ATL skyline)
    • A section of the old railroad corridor (Ralph McGill Blvd)
    • Underbelly of the Beltline (Ralph McGill Blvd)
    • Telephone Factory Lofts (former Western Electric Plant that made 20th C. communication devices known as telephones)
    • Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park (nope we won't be skateboaring)
    • Freeway with A Roof: Brief History of Freedom Park(way)
    • "Northern White," Stunning stainless steel sculpture by David Landis
    • World Headquarters of King of Pops
    • Beltline Case Study: How to turn a former steel company and paper plant into one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. That would be Inman Park.
    • Speaking of cool, we might just stop in for a cool one at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
    • Super Cool: Coolstuff Icebox mural at Irwin Street.
    • Update of the southern extension of the Eastside Trail, south of Irwin Street (this tour will be extended once this section of the EST opens in the Fall of 2017)
    • Krog Street Market (former site of stove manufacturing company) and now home to a collection of wonderful eating and drinking establishments.

    ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE

    Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta. 

    ABOUT EASTSIDE TRAIL

    The focus of this tour is the Eastside Trail. Opened in 2012, this 2.2-mile path was the first section of the Atlanta Beltline to be built in the old railroad corridor. When complete the Atlanta Beltline will provide 22 miles of light rail transit and 33 miles of multi-use trails that will allow residents and visitors to bike, walk and ride around the entire City of Atlanta. The Beltline will also connect 45 distinct neighborhoods that are located within ten master planning areas.

    The Eastside Trail was built along the Southern Railway, which was built in 1871, one year after Georgia was readmitted to the Union. It is the oldest of four "belt lines" that were built around the city between 1871 and 1908. This historic railroad line once carried visitors to see the Liberty Bell, which was on loan from the City of Philadelphia, during the Cotton States & International Exposition in 1895.*

    The EST will soon be extended southward by about one mile, which will allow trail users to walk and bike from Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park to Kirkwood Avenue in the neighborhood of Reynoldstown. There is also an interim hiking trail that runs north of Monroe Street to Montgomery Ferry Road. See map below.

    * This historical account can be found on Page 29 of "Where We Want to Live" by Ryan Gravel. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the history of Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline project.



    • September 24, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Oakland City MARTA Station


    ABOUT THIS TOUR

    This guided bike tour begins at the Oakland City MARTA station and ends at Eventide Brewing in Grant Park. The entire tour will focus on Sub-area 2 of the Atlanta Beltline Master Planning Area.

    From Lee Street in the west, Subarea 2 sweeps east all the way to Hill Street, over Metropolitan Avenue, running alongside University Avenue and passing under 75 / 85 at the University Avenue exit, and crossing McDonough Boulevard at grade where it intersects with University and Ridge Avenue.

    Subarea 2 encompasses the following neighborhoods: Adair Park, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Chosewood Park, High Point Estates, Oakland City, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Sylvan Hills, and The Villages at Carver. The area includes D.H. Stanton Park, Four Corners Park, Carver High School, easy access to Turner Field, and a prime location on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector.

    NON-MEMBERS: You can save $25 per tour by purchasing an Adventure Pass

    SUB-AREA TOURS 

    Our "sub-area" tours are for those who want to get to know the 45 Beltline neighborhoods better. The series consists of 10 different tours that correspond to the ten Atlanta Beltline Planning sub areas

    These guided tours are 7-10 miles in length (mostly flat) and last about three hours. We generally start and stop at a MARTA transit station. We also stop along the way to observe and discuss the neighborhoods we are riding through. Most tours include a picnic lunch at a park or similar location.

    YOUR TOUR GUIDE

    Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta.

    YOU SHOULD GO ON THIS TOUR IF...

    • You like to explore new areas of town with an experienced tour guide
    • You would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta and/or the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You are interested in keeping up with the design and construction of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail and transit system
    • You are interested in learning about topics such as land use, mobility and parks as they relate to the Atlanta Beltline project
    • You would like to get a first-hand look at the housing stock that exists in each of the Beltline sub-areas
    • You are interested in getting a better feel for the type of development that is (will be) occurring in the various sub-areas
    • You lead a business / organization and would like to take a group of clients, employees, etc. that is interested in any of the above (see private tours below)

    PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE

    This tour is also available as a private walking, biking or bus tour. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please contact member support for pricing and scheduling. Thank you.

    • September 27, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Details sent to those who register


    This event has limited space. Please do not wait to register. If it is showing full, please add your name to the wait list. Non-members, please consider joining to save money.

    'Walk & Talk' is hosted by Urban Explorers of Atlanta.  These unique events provide our members and guests with an opportunity to walk and learn from through leaders who are helping to shape Atlanta's future. 

    Our guest on Sept 27 will be Ryan Gravel. This will be the fourth time Ryan has spoken to members of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. Previous events took place at Kevin Rathbun Steak on 8/11/15; our UXTV interview on 9/01/15 and at Madre & Mason on 5/26/16.

    THE PLAN*

    • 5:30, 6-:00, Cocktail reception at secret location on Eastside Trail
    • 6:00 - 7:00pm, Dinner w/ Ryan Gravel at secret location on Eastside Trail
    • 7:00 - 9:00pm, Walk & Talk along the Eastside Trail + extension south of Irwin if open, which it should be

    * Meeting location and event details such as route, topics to be covered, etc will be sent to those who register.

    ABOUT RYAN GRAVEL

    Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban planner, designer, and author working on site design, infrastructure, concept development, and public policy as the founding principal at Sixpitch. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use of its first section of mainline trail and $3.1 billion of private sector redevelopment since 2005.

    Ryan has received numerous awards and press related to his work on the Atlanta Beltline and tells his story internationally, but an essential aspect of his work is yet to come. Alongside project work at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, he makes a compelling case about what this movement means and why it matters. In his book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

    Source: https://ryangravel.com/

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    Ryan’s story has made ink in the New York Times, Wall Street JournalMonocleCityLabCNN InternationalUSA Today, and Esquire Magazine. He has been listed among the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine, 2014; the GOOD 100 by GOOD Magazine, 2013; “Visionary Bureaucrat” by Streetsblog, 2012; and “Top 25 Newsmakers” of 2011 by Engineering News-Record. He received an “Emerging Voices” citation from the AIA-Atlanta, 2011; Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, 2007; and was called one of “45 Atlantans We Love” by Atlanta Magazine, 2006; one of “40-under-40″ from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2006; and on of the “Best & Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, 2006. Other honors include a Special Award of Recognition from AIA-Atlanta, 2005; and Golden Shoe Award for pedestrian-friendly research from PEDS, 2003.

    Ryan serves on boards for the Partnership for Southern Equity and the MillionMile Greenway. He serves on the Urban Land Institute Atlanta’s Liveable Community Council and the Lifecycle Building Center’s Advisory Board.



    • September 28, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309


    If you like to explore and eat really good pizza, this unique tour is for you! We combined the highlights of our Eastside Trail Walking Tour with the best pizza in Atlanta to provide you with a fun, informative and delicious experience. Here's what you can expect...

    • First, you will get to eat at three of the top (artisan) pizzarias in Atlanta!
    • You will get an insider's look at the Atlanta Betline, an exciting rails-to-trails project that is transforming the City of Atlanta on many levels.
    • You will see and learn about some of Atlanta's most historic sites and landmarks.
    • We can't promise that you will burn off ALL of the calories but you will get some exercise as we walk 3-4 miles at a leisurely pace.
    • You can expect to meet some fun and interesting people.

    NON-MEMBERS: If you would live to save some money please consider becoming a member before you register for this event.

    TOUR ROUTE
    • Our tour begins with a really fun hike through Historic Piedmont Park. This crown jewel of Atlanta's Emerald Necklace was the site of the Cotton States & International Exhibtion of 1895. It was also home to the first Georgia vs Auburn football game (1892) which has been called the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry."
    • You will get to see the Atlanta Beltline corridor in its natural state as we explore the interim hiking trail from Monroe Street to Piedmont Road.
    • During this part of the tour, you will be walking on the oldest of four "belt lines" (railroad tracks) that were built around the City of Atlanta between 1871 and 1908. 
    • Upon reaching the northwest corner of the park, we will head southward along the Piedmont Park Promenade which meanders its way through a beautiful forest and along Clear Creek.
    • We will pass the Atlanta Botanical Gardens before making our way through the Six Springs Wetlands along an elevated boardwalk.
    • We emerge from the wetlands near two dog parks. Yep, two. Little dogs and big dogs each have their own park.
    • The interim hiking trail turns into the Eastside Trail where the Beltline corridor crosses Monroe Street. This 2.2 mile paved bike and walking path had over 1.7 million visitors in 2017!
    • Our first pizza stop is Brezza Cucina & Pizzeria, a stunning reataurant that is located in Ponce City Market.
    • We could spend all day in PCM but we have places to go and pizza to eat! While we are there you will learn about the fascinating history of this former Sears Roebuck & Co. distribution center and the surrounding area.
    • After Brezza we will walk off some more calories as we continue southward past Historic Fourth Ward Park. You will learn how this amazing Beltline project transformed acres of asphalt into an award-winning park.
    • After a 1.5-mile walk we arrive at our second pizzaria which is Fritti. This sexy restaurnt is in the heart of Historic Inman Park's business district.
    • Eating on Fritti's patio, which features a giant red umbrella, is "al fresco" dining at its best. 
    • When we leave Fritti, we will take a quick spin through Inman Park on our way back to the Eastside Trail. You will learn about the history of Atlanta's first garden suburb as we work our way to our third pizzaria...
    • Varuni Napoli is located in Krog Street Market, which is a west-coast style food hall that was built on the site of a 100+ year old stove manufacturing facility. Here you will find the perfect compliments to your pizza including some of the best craft beer and ice cream you will find anywhere!
    At this point, you have several options...
    • Walk back to Park Tavern (2 miles) or your final destination.
    • Take a ride sharing service back to Park Tavern or your final destination.
    • Hop on a Relay Bike and ride back to Park Tavern or your final destination.
    • Continue to explore Inman Park.

    REGISTRATION FEE

    • Your registration fee includes the guided tour and two slices of pizza at each pizzaria (six slices total). It also includes tax and gratuity on your food.
    • Beverages are not included so you can order whatever you want to drink.
    • Select the "Friends & Family" option if you would like to share your pizza with ONE friend or family member. This is for non-members only.
    • If you would like to save some money please consider joining Urban Explorers.

    ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE

    Steve Saenz is the founder of Urban Explorers of Atlanta. He also leads bus tours of the Atlanta Beltline for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Since 2014, Steve has led over 200 walking tours throughout Atlanta. He is as passionate about the history of Atlanta as he is his pizza!

    • October 01, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Amtrack Station, 1688 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309

    If you like architecture, history and amazing photo ops this tour is for you! You might call it a religious experience...

    This guided tour* was inspired by an article that appeared in Curbed Atlanta in December 2016 entitled, Atlanta's Gorgeous Intown Historic Churches, Mapped!   We divided the original route into two parts: North & South. This particular tour will focus on the northern portion, which begins at the Amtrack (Peachtree) Station and ends at North Avenue. There is an optional brunch before the tour and optional get-together after the tour. The southern portion tour begins at North Avenue and ends at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is near the state capitol in downtown.

    PLEASE NOTE: While will gain some historical insights about the churches, this is not a history tour, per se.  Also, please keep in mind that most, if not all, of these churches have services on Sundays so we will probably not be able to access the inside of the churches. The photo gallery below will give you a very good idea of what you can expect to see on this tour. 

    NON-MEMBERS: If you would like to save some money please consider joining before you register for this tour.

    ITINERARY*

    * Route and times subject to change. Please be flexible.

    LINKS


    • October 07, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    'Walk & Talk' is hosted by Urban Explorers of Atlanta.  These unique events provide our members and guests with an opportunity to walk and learn from through leaders who are helping to shape Atlanta's future.  This month we will be touring a portion of the proposed Proctor Creek Greenway. Our thought leader will be Stephanie Benfield, Chief Resilience for the City of Atlanta.

    More details to follow soon.

    • October 15, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Amtrack Station, 1688 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309


    If you like architecture, history and amazing photo ops this tour is for you! You might call it a religious experience...

    This guided tour* was inspired by an article that appeared in Curbed Atlanta in December 2016 entitled, Atlanta's Gorgeous Intown Historic Churches, Mapped!   We divided the original route into two parts: North & South. This particular tour will focus on the southern portion, which begins at North Avenue and ends at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is near the state capitol in downtown. The northern portion tour begins at the Amtrack (Peachtree) Station and ends at North Avenue.

    PLEASE NOTE: While will gain some historical insights about the churches, this is not a history tour, per se.  Also, please keep in mind that most, if not all, of these churches have services on Sundays so we will probably not be able to access the inside of the churches. The photo gallery below will give you a very good idea of what you can expect to see on this tour. 

    NON-MEMBERS: If you would like to save some money please consider joining before you register for this tour.

    ITINERARY*

    * Route and times subject to change. Please be flexible.

    LINKS


    • October 29, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Brickstore Pub, 125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030
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    Join us for a fall foliage hike through one of the most beautiful parks in the City of Atlanta. This guided walking tour features history, nature, fitness, fun and food! Check out these photos and videos of previous tours.

    ITINERARY*

    • 09:00, Optional breakfast at the Majestic Diner
    • 10:00, Interpretive tour begins in front of the Majestic Diner. We will explore and learn as we make our way eastward through Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove, Shadyside, Dellwood parks.
    • 11:00, Stroll through Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center
    • 11:45, Hike through Deepdene Park (stunning old growth forest)
    • 12:30, Tour officially ends here; those who would like to continue on to Decatur may do so
    • 1:00, Optional get-together at the Brick Store Pub in downtown Decatur

    * Route and times subject to change. Please be flexible. You may join us anywhere along this route. 

    ABOUT THESE PARKS

    The Historic Olmsted Linear Park is two miles long and runs along Ponce de Leon Avenue, through the heart of the historic Druid Hills neighborhood. It stretches from Briarcliff Road on the west to Ridgecrest Road on the east.

    The park consists of six segments, each of which has its own distinct look and feel. From west to east they are Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove, Shadyside, Dellwood, and Deepdene (an old growth forest).

    HISTORY

    The area known as Druid Hills was developed by Atlantan Joel Hurt of the Kirkwood Land Company. In 1890 Hurt persuaded Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., who was then working at Biltmore Estate, to travel south to see the 1,500-acre tract he had purchased. Olmsted subsequently agreed to prepare a plan for a residential suburb.

    Olmsted submitted a preliminary plan to Hurt in 1893 in which the linear park was first laid out. The firm produced a final plan in 1905, two years after the death of its founder. Olmsted’s sons remained involved with the project until 1908, when the property was acquired by the Druid Hills Corporation. This group of investors, which included Coca-Cola magnate Asa G. Candler, completed development of the suburb and park.

    Though the original park design remained intact, plants and installations inconsistent with Olmsted’s aesthetic were added over the years. Poor maintenance and the effects of erosion also contributed to a decline. In the 1980s, the park was threatened by a proposed freeway, though community opposition eventually blocked its construction. To rehabilitate the park, a coalition was formed that included the Olmsted Parks Society, Druid Hills Civic Association, Park Pride, the city of Atlanta, DeKalb County and Fernbank. Representatives drafted a master plan for restoration, aided by specialists in Olmstedian preservation. The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance was created in 1997 to implement the plan.