Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry

Special Issue: Maps, Photos & Videos


You will be hearing a lot about Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, which officially opens this Friday. I have created this special edition of my podcast and newsletter to give my subscribers a head start. I have also included links to dozens of photos, videos and maps that I have taken / recorded / created over the years. Feel free to share this with your friends. Thanks. — Steve Saenz, ATLsherpa

Westside Park At-A-Glance

  • 280 acres (Piedmont Park ~190 acres) making it ATL’s largest public park.

  • Located in NW ATL, just west of Marietta Blvd, just north of Bankhead MARTA station and just SW of Huff Road.

  • Located north and east of Grove Park, just west of Knight Park-Howell Station.

  • Accessible to Atlanta Beltline, Proctor Creek Greenway, Bankhead MARTA station and Quarry Yards (new Microsoft campus).

  • Former site of Bellwood granite quarry last mined by Vulcan Materials.

  • City of Atlanta purchased the property from Fulton County and Vulcan in 2006 for ~$40 million.

  • The property was identified by Alexander Garvin as a “jewel” in his Emerald Necklace Study in 2004 (feasibility study for Atlanta Beltline project). See pages 116-119 for relevant discussion.

  • The former quarry now serves as a water reservoir for the City of Atlanta, holding some 2.4-billion-gallons of H2O.

  • This increased the City’s emergency drinking water supply from its former three days to more than 30 days.

  • To fill the quarry with water, a five-mile underground tunnel was drilled to connect the new reservoir with the Chattahoochee River and the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant.

  • A special tunnel boring machine (TBM), dubbed “Driller Mike” was constructed to create the tunnel.

  • Groundbreaking ceremony was held on 09.06.18.

  • Grand opening will be held on 08.20.21.

VIDEO: Excellent overview of the water supply project by Dept of Watershed Management

Photos & Videos by ATLsherpa

VIDEO: Entering the tunnel on our Bellwood Quarry Tunnel Tour (1 of 10 videos)
VIDEO: Westside Park Groundbreaking Ceremony (09.06.18)
VIDEO: Microsoft: Generational Game-changer (recorded presentation)

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