Atlanta Beltline Tour Group

Atlanta Beltline Tour Group

March 14th, 2020

This Week's Tour...
...met at new, winter months' time 10:00AM Saturday on the Beltline Eastside Trail near Parish. We walked for 1 1/2 hours, covering 1 mile of the Beltline, ending at Ponce City Market.

"The Tourists"...
...shouting out to this week's 8 super supportive walkers that joined me for the last Trees Atlanta tour before "shelter in place".

Thanks for a great tour!

Map of the week...
...replaced by "pic of the week"! On the tour, we discussed the ballpark that used to be located across Ponce from PCM and the "Spiller" Magnolias located in the outfield and soon after I ran across this pic in GSU's archive. Cool! (Found the pic in this cool story about the magnolias' commemorative plaque; go Trees Atlanta! --> link).

"Spiller Field"

Tree of the week...
...singling out one of the hundreds of specimens from the dozens of collections along the arboretum.

March's tour continued to sing the praises of "American Elm Princeton", the variety of American Elm whose resistance to Dutch Elm disease and upright vase shape makes it an excellent candidate for replanting the urban canopy shading our city streets.

Ulmus americana
American Elm, Princeton

"Stump" of the week...

...featuring a question raised during the tour that Jeff couldn't answer.

Q: What used to be located where the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park is today?

A: That is quite the stump! I'm still researching...however, I did find this 1952 map with a clue: "Atlanta News [sic?] Papers Inc". I know "Creative Loafing" used to have their offices on Willoughby, so maybe the properties are related? More to come!

Approx. location of O4W Skate Park
Detail, Map of Atlanta, 1952 

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