The Landfill Site - Master Plan
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The small brick structure near the river is an old waiting station for the Atlantic Northern Railway. This triangular shaped building, c. 1904-1905, is a fine example of an early 20th century substation. 

Following the end of World War II, with the return of private automobiles and unrationed gas, the demand for trolley service nose-dived. The last trolley ran on January 31, 1947. 

An Historic Preservation report, compiled by Ray and Associates, which gives a detailed history of the evolution of the structure and recommendations for its restoration. 

The building has great potential in the context of the Riverway. Its position as a gateway is illustrated on the Photosimulation. Several possible re-uses include: 

* Park Headquarters 
* Office building for the Riverkeeper 
* Atlanta office of PATH Trailbuilders
* Education center and small museum for interpretive 
* Rentals of bicycles, canoes, kayaks, roller blades, etc.

The 3500 feet of trail along the Chattahoochee River illustrated in this plan is a small part of an overall system designed to bring people back to the river. While the river now may seem an unlikely place to expect people to come to recreate - given the current industrial uses and general look of abandonment - the plan anticipates changing attitudes, cleaner water, and a cooperative spirit among various parties.

The riverway trail follows the gravel road that leads from the Trolley Barn to the methane collection facility at the base of the landfill. Several key connections will have to be made:
* Between the Trolley Barn and the proposed trail through the R.M. Clayton Treatment facility to the east.
* Connecting the westerly end of the gravel road (at the base of the landfill) with the neighborhood park on
  the west. This will involve skirting around the Methane Collection facility, crossing over the Southern
  Railroad line, and passing by the Blue Circle Concrete Company plant.
* Neighborhood linkages from the landfill site to the neighborhood park on the west (Georgia Power park).

The view of the river is severely challenged by the pervasive Kudzu vine. The Riverway should be seen as a model in the fight against this invader.
Features along the riverway could include:
*  An amphitheater built into the hillside below the Sunoco Recycling facility.
*  Interpretive signage and exhibits along the trail (see Interpretive Exhibits).
*  Access to the Art Park or Recreational Uses located on the adjacent sanitary landfill
*  Views of the sand dredging operation, if it is allowed to remain.

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1997 Landscape Architecture Foundation Demonstration Project
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Last updated on 13 February 1998