The area between the Bankhead MARTA station and Bellwood Quarry is slated to become a paved path, called the Proctor Creek Greenway, that will eventually connect to the BeltLine. Areas near the site of the future park contend with heavy blight.
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Proctor Creek with its cement-lined channel as it flows by businesses and residential areas near Joseph E. Boone Boulevard is virtually unrecognizable as a natural body of water. EndFragment
Some residents in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods look forward to a cleaner creek and nice green space, while others worry about the gentrification that might follow. The Proctor Creek Greenway will pass the neighborhood of Grove Park.EndFragment
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The park just west of downtown will collect stormwater to help relieve long-running flooding on Atlanta's Westside. It's being built in a spot where more than 60 houses were torn down after heavy flooding 15 years ago.
Proctor creek & tributaries
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Westside Reservoir Park
Historic streams (now piped)
Westside Reservoir Park
One branch of Proctor Creek flows through Lincoln Cemetery, where erosion is a challenge.EndFragment
This more natural and clean-looking area of the creek isn’t far from less physically appealing areas. This spot will be part of Westside Reservoir Park, which, once it’s built, will be the biggest park in Atlanta.EndFragment
The stadium is being built in a way that, in conjunction with other infrastructure projects happening on Atlanta's Westside right now, could help reduce flooding in nearby neighborhoods and clean up Proctor Creek.
Proctor Creek is entirely inside Atlanta’s city limits. It starts in downtown near the Georgia World Congress Center and flows northwest through dozens of neighborhoods until it empties into the Chattahoochee River near the Perimeter.
Chattahoochee River & Proctor Creek
The headwaters for Proctor Creek aren’t exactly where you’d picture them. The creek starts in the Gulch, among buildings and parking lots. All the concrete means a lot of flooding. EndFragment
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The revitalization of this park contributes to the long-term cleanup of Proctor Creek. The park, through which a creek tributary runs, has gone from being used as a chop shop for stolen cars to a place for neighborhood kids to play.EndFragment