Beecher Hills Elementary Joins the Beltline

Principal Jones, Mayor Reed, Councilman Mitchell, Commissionor Emma Darnelll, Councilman H. Lamar Willis, and other community members cut the ribbon on the SW Trail on the Atlanta Beltine.

School leaders at Beecher Hills Elementary joined Mayor Kasim Reed, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the PATH Foundation, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership recently to officially dedicate the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Connector Trail next to Beecher Hills Elementary School.

This new one-mile spur trail is a part of the 33-mile network of Atlanta BeltLine trails, and will eventually connect to the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine in the Westview neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. The spur trail winds through a serene stretch of woods, originating at the existing Lionel Hampton Trail and emerging onto Westwood Avenue. With connections between the Beecher Hills and Westwood Terrace neighborhoods, the trail will allow for improved access to Beecher Hills Elementary School.

“The Southwest Connector Trail is another exciting step towards making Atlanta a more green and sustainable city,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “We must continue to ensure that residents throughout the city have safe options for exercising, walking or biking to school, and enjoying the outdoors. With seamless partnerships, we will continue to build impactful projects like this one.”

The Southwest Connector Trail, along with the Eastside Trail, the West End Trail and the Northside Trail, will bring the total of permanent trails to nearly seven miles along and near the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.

About Beecher Hills Elementary

Beecher Hills Elementary is a Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school located in the scenic Beecher Hills Community in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Beecher Hills is a part of School Reform Team 1 of the Atlanta Public School System. Beecher Hills Elementary School was erected in 1958 during the tenure of Superintendent Dr. Ira Jarrell. The school was built to accommodate 500 students in grades K-7. In the 1980’s, the organization of Beecher Hills was changed from K-7 to K-5. The original building has now been expanded to include clusters for upper and lower grades.   In 2011 Beecher became an authorized IB Primary Years Programme.  The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.  It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry- based learning.

About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns.  For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit

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