The Allure of Atlanta’s Soon-To-Be Largest Park

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If you took a quick poll of Atlanta residents, how many could honestly say they’ve heard of Bellwood Quarry? It won’t be long until it will be hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of it.

Why? Bellwood Quarry is about to be the featured attraction in Atlanta’s newest – and largest – park, Westside Park. At nearly 100 acres larger than the next largest park, Piedmont, Westside Park will be the crown jewel of the Atlanta Beltline.

Westside Park – What is It?

With a tentative opening date of late summer 2021, Westside Park will look nothing like it did 10, or even 2, years ago. The grounds of this 280-acre behemoth of greenspace were formerly industrial – a quarry, in fact.

The quarry manufactured gravel and limestone for local construction projects. When business slowed, the owner of the property wiggled free from their lease with the city and the real start of the park began.

The quarry itself is a massive hole in the ground surrounded by dense forest. It sits in the heart of Atlanta’s Westside between Bankhead, Grove Park, and Johnson Rd. The Quarry and the surrounding lands which will form the park will link up to the BeltLine via the Westside BeltLine Connector Trail, Proctor Creek Greenway, and Bankhead MARTA Station.

Many residents have probably seen the quarry before and haven’t realized it. The location has been used to film scenes from numerous shows and movies – everything from Hunger Games to Stranger Things

Uninterrupted views of the Atlanta skyline and breathtaking reservoir framed by towering limestone walls ensure that the new version of the quarry will continue to be a destination for the film industry.

Another brilliant aspect of the park is that it is part of the city’s watershed management plan. City engineers determined that the quarry could serve as an emergency drinking water supply for the city, holding up to 2.4 billion gallons in what would be a 45-acre reservoir.

But how? A 5-mile long tunnel was needed to connect the quarry to the Chattahoochee River and a nearby water treatment facility. With the city all-in on the project, they went ahead and purchased a custom-made drilling rig and even challenged city residents to name it. Driller Mike eventually took the crown, a tribute to the local activist/rapper/entrepreneur Killer Mike.

What’s Next for Westside Park?

The recent buzz surrounding the park has been all about Microsoft. Recently, the company announced the acquisition of 90 acres of land directly adjacent to the future park. Originally slated to be a planned mixed-use development, Microsoft swooped in and scooped up the land.

The Westside is primed for significant development with the Microsoft announcement. When the park opens later in 2021, there’s no doubt the area will continue to see further development for the foreseeable future.

Here are some homes currently on the market close to Westside Park:

$225,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.363
ACRES
FULTON
COUNTY
750 N Evelyn Place NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
$229,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
738
SQFT
1840 Madrona Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
$200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,032
SQFT
2095 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,428
SQFT
1605 Drew Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Highlands Subdivision
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,883
SQFT
2117 NW Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$339,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
671 S Eugenia Place NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
$234,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
1946 Baker Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$399,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,640
SQFT
886 Westmoreland Circle NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Highlands Subdivision
$115,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.2975
ACRES
FULTON
COUNTY
2039 Arlington Circle NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$164,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
792
SQFT
1929 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
$180,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
960
SQFT
524 Emily Place NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$275,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,424
SQFT
425 Lanier Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,238
SQFT
422 Holly Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$368,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,398
SQFT
2032 Baker Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$298,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,122
SQFT
836 Wood Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
$329,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,225
SQFT
2037 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$244,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
768
SQFT
434 Chappell Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grove Park Subdivision
$680,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,596
SQFT
1747 Stone Hedge Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Highlands Subdivision
$492,400
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,549
SQFT
1798 Sanford Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Highlands Subdivision
$504,100
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,926
SQFT
1970 Drew Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Highlands Subdivision
About Burke Sisco

Burke Sisco is a Realtor and Associate Broker of eXp Realty with over 20 years of experience in the Atlanta real estate market. He calls the surging infra-culture around the BeltLine both home and business territory and is the founder and managing editor of BeltLandia.com. He has helped a number of satisfied clients buy and sell property in BeltLandia. Those interested in living the BeltLandia Lifestyle can reach Burke at 404.421.9968 or by email at burke.sisco@exprealty.com.

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