In 1991, it was just an idea… …a network of off-road trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. A series of scenic greenways to preserve our region’s forested character and offer opportunities for families to enjoy nature together. A way to connect neighborhoods to each other, to get people out of their cars, to encourage healthier lifestyles and to improve our quality of life. Building Trails, Building Community The PATH Foundation is transforming this vision into reality. In just twenty-six years, PATH has developed over 260 miles of trail throughout Georgia and has become a nationally recognized model for trail-building success. PATH’s linear parks have become part of the landscape in urban and rural areas, in affluent and impoverished communities. PATH trails are bringing people together from all races, ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds.
Chris Chelette is Vice President, Planning Design & Construction at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Chris is accountable for facilities planning, design, development, and construction at existing and future facilities within the Children’s system. Additionally, Chris oversees the master facility plan and facility-related issues that support the strategic plan, ensures that space and facility needs of the organization are met, and manages the real estate portfolio. For over 19 years, Chris has centered his career on healthcare and life science construction. He has provided project management and executive oversight on projects across the country in both the non-profit and for-profit healthcare sectors. Specifically in Georgia, Chris has been involved with several of the large hospital systems in Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah. Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Chris and his wife, Tonya, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, with their two sons, Brayden and Mason.
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