Project Vision

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Along the RiverLands

The Preferred Alignment is intended to reflect the broad array of feedback the team has received during the 10-month alignment process, in keeping with the team’s high-level vision for the Chattahoochee RiverLands.

Aligning the RiverLands

Guided by an aspirational vision, four goal statements, and strategies developed through stakeholder visioning, collaborative input, and community co-design sessions, the Project Team arrived at a flexible and adaptable Preferred Alignment. You can read more about the process of Aligning the RiverLands in the links below.

Revealing the RiverLands

The Chattahoochee RiverLands will reunite the River with the Metro Atlanta Region, and link suburban, urban, and rural communities into a continuous 100-mile public realm. More than a trail, the RiverLands is a linear network of Greenways, Blueways, parks, and the destinations they create, that will bring people to the water’s edge, promote stewardship and conservation of the river, and reveal the subtle magic of the Chattahoochee to all.

Existing conditions

The Design Team concluded the existing conditions inventory with a series of takeaways and a living document of ongoing initiatives. The vision for the Riverlands builds on this existing conditions analysis and represents the beginning of a longer process to develop a plan for the greenway.

Sub-Area identity

Along its 100 miles, the Chattahoochee RiverLands Project Area spans suburbs, rural areas, and the city itself. Three sub-areas were identified representing different landscape characters and identities within the Project Area: the agricultural countryside, the urban core, and the suburban parklands.

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River over time

Along the Chattahoochee River, human settlement began more than 10,000 years ago. These years of continuous occupation have left layers of history that can be read in the archaeological and historic sites and landscapes lining the River banks.

These maps provide a brief overview of the historic and cultural narratives of the Chattahoochee River. From the earliest inhabitants of the Paleoindian period, to the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods and to European and Euroamerican settlers, and later, the forced removal of native people, the River has borne witness to it all.

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