By John Becker
The 2016 Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) Membership Drive is in its final weeks and will culminate with three lucky individuals receiving three unique prizes that BeltLine lovers will appreciate. The drive’s purpose is to encourage new ABP memberships, with funds going toward enabling construction of new trails, engaging the community, and empowering residents.
If you’ve noticed the whimsical, six-inch-tall doors that dot the city, you’re familiar with the first reward: a custom-commissioned Tiny Door from local artist Karen Anderson of Tiny Doors ATL. The first installation was in the Krog Street tunnel and there are several others scattered on and around the BeltLine. Local company Mountain High Outfitters also donated a Mantra fixed-gear, single-speed bicycle to help one winner enjoy the BeltLine and join Atlanta’s burgeoning cycling community in style. Perhaps most interesting, one individual will get to lead the 2017 BeltLine Lantern Parade with the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons, the organization responsible for local marches in Inman Park, Grant Park, and Little Five Points. The 2017 Lantern Parade will start at the beginning of the Eastside Trail and march on with the recipient at the helm.
These localized prizes will be given to individuals who joined the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the organization charged with raising private funding for the growth and development of the trail, between November 16 and December 31. While this year’s drive will end with 2016, everyone is encouraged to join year round.
Funds go to efforts such as completing the BeltLine, including the extension of the Eastside Trail, adding parks and enabling public tours, fitness programs, and special events. ABP is behind the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival, the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series, and the BeltLine Bus Tour Program. It also seeks to empower BeltLine residents through workforce development, advocating for affordable housing policies, homeowner education workshops, and free health initiatives.
Memberships are available at www.buildthebeltline.org, ranging from $45 to $500, and can be given as gifts. If you’re a BeltLine believer, or know someone who is, this could be the perfect present to help you or someone else, become a part of the project’s development.
Photo by Christopher T. Martin
BeltLine Lantern Parade, led by the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons
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