We are a nonprofit corporation, with the IRS 501(c)3 designation. Our mission is to create community greenspace, remediate environmental contamination, and build safe trails for bicycling and walking in this densely populated part of DeKalb County.
Environmental Contamination/Watershed Protection/Education
We will remediate environmental contamination, thereby contributing to the health of Georgia’s waterways and the local community. We will partner with nearby schools to create opportunities for environmental education and to serve as a model for other communities facing similar challenges.
Bicycling and Walking Paths
To provide alternative urban transportation, provide safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and to promote healthy lifestyles, the greenway will include a walking and bicycle path extending from 890 Columbia Drive to the Avondale MARTA station.
Action Plan 2014-15
We have acquired ownership of 890 Columbia Drive, a former gas station that has environmental contamination of soil and groundwater. EDG received an EPA Brownfields Cleanup grant in May 2014. We anticipate cleanup activities will begin late summer 2015.
Funding is in place for a multiuse bicycle/walking trail from 890 Columbia Drive to the Avondale MARTA station. EDG is collaborating with the PATH Foundation on this project, which has completed survey and engineering plans. Other community partners include Columbia Ventures, City of Decatur, DeKalb County, and East Decatur Station.
This property at 890 Columbia Drive, along with several adjacent small parcels will create over two acres of greenspace that can be used by several local schools, two neighborhood associations (Forrest Hills and Midway Woods), Columbia Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Children’s Home, and many other residents of the area.