In October 2018, Alta was selected to develop a master plan for parks and trails along the south fork of Peachtree Creek in Clarkston, GA.
About 11 miles east of Atlanta is a small city of about 13,000 people that is becoming known as “the most diverse square mile in America.” In the 1990s, refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston, GA as a good fit for displaced individuals of many backgrounds. Since then, the city has received over 40,000 refugees. It has a richly diverse group of residents and business owners, many of whom do not have adequate access to greenspace and active living opportunities. Through the City’s 10-minute Walk Campaign program, they hired Alta to study a potential greenway along Peachtree Creek.
The project included a design charrette in order to bring the process directly into the City. The public had the opportunity to talk with the project team and share their ideas for new parks and trails. The charrette also included an open house and a pop-up event at the Clarkston Holiday and Craft Fair. The final report summarizes the findings from the charrette and the analysis that followed, including a data-driven equity analysis,conceptual trail alignment, design and programming recommendations for spaces along the trail, proposed cross sections for on-street connections, and implementation strategy.