Bellwood Quarry May Become Westside Park


A park is being proposed on the site of the former Bellwood Quarry, between Johnson Road and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. The BeltLine will come through the park, which will be nearly twice the size of Atlanta’s current largest city park, Piedmont.

The quarry, a 400 foot hole in the ground with steep granite alls and crystal clear water, was used as a location for filming AMC’s Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, and Mockingjay Part 1. It is also featured in several episodes of Netlflix’s Stranger Things.

There will be hiking and biking trails, baseball fields, open green space, and an amphitheater. It will be built in phases over the next 15 years and would cost $38 million to develop.

Urban planner Alex Garvin was one of the first visionaries of the BeltLine and its parks. Fixing up the quarry will have a big impact on the neighborhoods around it, he said.

“I think that when the Bellwood Quarry finally opens as a real park, there’s going to be an awful lot of housing construction around there,” Garvin said. “People will want to live around that park.”

Atlanta Department of Watershed Management officials told reporters that testing began in May for a tunneling project that will transform the quarry into a deep, 30-day water source for the city. The current backup water supply is just three days.

The big dig, which would link the quarry to the Chattahoochee River via a five mile tunnel, should be finished by the end of 2018. Once that’s finished, officials plan to start on the Westside Park. For more information about living on the Westside, click here.



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