The Chattahoochee RiverLands – 21st Century Infrastructure

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In the backyard of Metro Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River is an overlooked resource of extraordinary historic, economic, cultural, and ecological value.

The Chattahoochee RiverLands is a vision to reunite the River with the Metro Atlanta Region and link suburban, urban, and rural communities into a continuous public realm that centers the River as a regional resource. At its core, the RiverLands proposes a 125-mile uninterrupted multimodal trail that extends from Buford Dam to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The RiverLands is more than a trail—it’s a linear network of greenways, blueways, parks, and the destinations they create. The vision aims to bring people to the water’s edge, promote continued stewardship and conservation, and reveal the subtle magic of the Chattahoochee to all. Altogether, the project encompasses a user base of 1 million residents living within 3 miles of the trail system. Beyond its physical footprint, the RiverLands vision builds on a decades-long legacy of social and environmental planning and activism.

Over two years, SCAPE led a large, multi-disciplinary team of experts and local partners to develop this vision, holding community and stakeholder engagement sessions with nearly 290 groups over seven counties through public forums, design charrettes, “river ramble” outings, and focus groups to solicit aspirations and experiences of the Chattahoochee.

The Chattahoochee River Greenway Study was commissioned by a joint Project Management Team consisting of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the Trust for Public Land, Cobb County, and the City of Atlanta.
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1. Learn to plan for a community-driven vision for inclusive public space at a regional scale in an area with a complex history and varying needs;
2. Strategize on issues of equity and gentrification; how to co-design with underserved communities to enrich design and cultivate leadership;
3. Hear how trail/park design that connects ecological restoration, education and social infrastructure can respond to local needs.
4. Learn about the stakeholder process and how to engage the public on an important trail connector to the river, communities, and environment.

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