Read an excerpt from our interview with Cookie Smoak and the full interview forthcoming in Woodward magazine.
For our upcoming issue of the Woodward magazine, themed around all the developments in “the Woodward neighborhood,” we sat down with Cookie Smoak, President of the ATL Airport District Convention and Visitors Bureau. She outlined three new, incredible trail systems in the works for the area surrounding Main Campus, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
The Ride and Fly MTB Experience is a series of mountain bike trails being developed around the airport that are surrounded by old growth oak, large rock formations, and small streams--all within two miles of 19 different area schools [including Woodward] and three bustling downtowns. Trails are already complete at Southside Park in Atlanta and Sykes Park in East Point, including a pump track for cyclists which is the first of its kind in metro Atlanta! Mountain biking trails are coming to College Park and the City of South Fulton starting in 2020. Find more details HERE.
In addition, the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance recently announced the AeroATL Greenway Plan, which will include over 350 miles of paved trails and bike lanes throughout East Point, College Park, Hapeville, Forest Park, and the City of South Fulton. Find more details HERE.
The Greenway plan was spurred by the East Point PATH Master Plan, completed in 2016, which contains over 22 miles of PATH Trails connecting the four wards, parks, downtown East Point, and Camp Creek Marketplace. The Model Mile is set to be started this year and will connect Tri-Cities High School to the Dick Lane Velodrome. East Point’s PATH Master Plan can be downloaded HERE.