Granite curbs define much of the new, wider mile-long stretch of the Chastain PATH under construction along Powers Ferry Road. Iconic stone walls remain along the golf course side of the existing four-foot-wide concrete walk, but the granite curbs, which widen the PATH to ten-feet, make it feel as if breathing room has already been added.
A lot of work remains. Utility poles must be moved (a huge undertaking) and the muddy trench must be filled and paved to create six feet of additional walkway. The remaining stretch of granite curbs must also be installed. We're months from completion, but walkers and runners are already getting a sense of what this wider stretch of the PATH will feeel like. And it feels good. Vehicles, which used to whiz by, are slowing as their lanes have narrowed to accommodate the PATH expansion.
It's a big job, but it will be worth it as anyone who has wedged between a pedestrian and a car will attest. Funds for the project have been raised by the Chastain Park Conservancy. The city of Atlanta, the PATH Foundation (which is overseeing construction), Park Pride and the James M. Cox Foundation are among the major funders.