Alpharetta working on its own 'BeltLine'

- Exercise is important, and one of the easiest ways to get people moving is having a great system of trails around the city.

One city is hoping it can get more people out walking and biking, and it's looking to make its own path similar to Atlanta's BeltLine.

Alpharetta's "Alpha Loop" would be 8 miles of tracks connecting the city together.

On the Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta, you can find plenty of people out and about even on a dreary day.

"I think we're all trying to live a healthier life," Alpharetta resident Susan Rainone said. "I was excited when they put a walking trail from my house to downtown Alpharetta."

And more of those trails are in the works.

"The idea for our loop started with trying to figure out how do we connect downtown and Avalon," Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said. "What we came up with was a linear park that would connect not only downtown to Avalon, but also to Haynes Bridge and back to downtown."

That first concept has now grown into a 3.2-mile inner loop and a 5.2-mile outer loop.

It will eventually connect people not only to Alpharetta, but will also connect to trails in Roswell and Forsyth County.

While the project comes after the success of Atlanta's BeltLine, the mayor says the Alpha Loop is different.

"The BeltLine and our Loop are similar in some respects, but in other respects, we already have a lot of that stuff already here," he said. "It's really just connecting people to it in a different way – a more unique and I think irresistible way."

Meanwhile, construction continues downtown, where Alpharetta is looking to reinvent that space.

"It's going to be amazing, what's going to happen to our downtown," Belle Isle said. "It's going to be down really between summer and fall of next year and you're going to see some amazing new opportunities here."

He said that the city's going to be coming into its own as the Loop gets developed.

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