The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership announced Monday that it has received a second year of funding from REI in support of its Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program.
Doubling its previous gift, REI's $20,000 grant will support the continued progress the 46 adopter groups are making along 8.2 miles of Atlanta BeltLine corridor currently included in the program.
"We are incredibly grateful for REI's continued support of the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program," said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson in a press release. "REI's commitment to the Atlanta BeltLine through this grant and other programs demonstrates the tangible impact private organizations can have in helping advance the Atlanta BeltLine vision."
A partnership between Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and Atlanta Beltline Inc., the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program launched in winter 2010. The program provides an opportunity for community groups to play a direct role in improving and maintaining the Atlanta BeltLine. Tools are provided free of charge to adopter groups by the Atlanta Community ToolBank, and the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works provides disposal support for the program.
"REI believes in the Atlanta BeltLine as a long-term investment in our community," said REI Market Manager for Atlanta Outdoor Programs & Outreach, Jason Lane in the release. "We are excited by the opportunity the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program presents to provide Atlantans to be hands-on stewards of this transformative project."
Organizations interested in adopting a segment of the Atlanta BeltLine can log onto Adopt.BeltLine.org to identify a segment of the Atlanta BeltLine they would like to adopt by completing the form located on the page. From there, a contact from Park Pride will facilitate the adoption process. Participants will engage in activities to maintain their area at least monthly, including:
· Picking up litter
· Maintaining greenspace through weeding and invasive plant removal
· Cleaning benches, signage, and other fixtures within their segment of the corridor
· Reporting maintenance concerns, vandalism, or suspicious activities“The business community has once again demonstrated that it is invested in helping maintain the Atlanta BeltLine through the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine Program," said Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. CEO Paul Morris in the release. "With the incredible support of our partners and the community, this program will ensure that the Atlanta BeltLine continues to thrive and grow."
This report was provided by the Atlanta BeltLine and edited for publication.