MTB Atlanta Receives $1M+ Grant for Trail Building Projects

Eight shovel-ready trail projects in metro Atlanta have been funded thanks to a large donation from Chestnut Family Foundation.

The Chestnut Family Foundation has pledged over $1M in support of trail development in eight metro Atlanta parks totaling 23.7 miles of new singletrack and bike facilities. MTB Atlanta Executive Director Brett Davidson said, “The demand for multi-use trails in Atlanta is at an all-time high in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic, and the commitment made by the Chestnut Family Foundation has moved every shovel ready project we have in development into construction.”

Allatoona Creek Park file photo by Jeff Barber.

Among the trail projects being funded, the Butner Road Training Facility will be developed in partnership with the Georgia Cycling Association and Bearings Bike Works to provide a training facility for high school coaches and student athletes. Allatoona Creek, Moore’s Bridge, Chattahoochee Bend, and South Rockdale parks will see new trails added while a new expert-level trail is planned for Quarry’s Edge Park south of Atlanta. Wasting no time, that project will begin construction next month, and in January work will begin on the trails at Butner Road.

In addition to natural surface trails, a hard surface Velosolutions pump track will be funded in Cobb county.

The Chestnut Family Foundation was founded by Teresa and Ben Chestnut and is dedicated to improving the lives of children. Ben Chestnut is the billionaire co-founder of Mailchimp, an email marketing company based in Atlanta.

Moore’s Bridge Trails file photo by Jeff Barber.

MTB Atlanta is a chapter of the non-profit Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and manages 160 miles of trails spread across 29 parks located throughout metro Atlanta. The group operates its own professional trail building crew known as MTB Atlanta Pro Trails.

“This single donation will move all of these projects to completion and the award will make a huge impact on the landscape of mountain biking and outdoor recreation in Metro Atlanta for generations to come,” said Davidson.