South Fork Conservancy Watershed

Framework + Vision Plan

Atlanta, Georgia

Project Info
South Fork Conservancy Watershed
Atlanta, Georgia
Size: +/- 29 linear miles

Awards: Grassroots Initiative Award, 2012. Georgia APA.

Perkins+Will developed a framework plan for an expansive stretch of metropolitan Atlanta that follows the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. This “Watershed Vision” outlines conservation and restoration strategy for a culturally rich watershed that has suffered extensive degradation over the last century with Atlanta’s restless urban growth. Restoring the creek’s diverse watershed involves removing non-native invasive plants, removing and mitigating impervious surfaces, expanding greenspaces and building awareness through public access, education and advocacy.

The document culminates in a network of trails winding 29 miles through backyards, underutilized land and leftover commercial buffer zones. Through mapping, field work and stakeholder interviews, seven trails are identified, each broken into a half dozen stretches coded by character, trail type and surface, approximate length, intended user and challenges like steep slopes, invasive species or property ownership.

This vision has already resulted in the realization of one project, under construction, which will mitigate the impacts of a new highway ramp on the community and natural systems of the South Fork Creek.