More Than $11 Million Supports Construction Projects at State Parks and Trails

Aug. 14, 2014

Dunnellon Bridge

The new multi-use Dunnellon Trail and Bridge brings the Withlacoochee State Trail within two miles of connecting to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

During the past 10 months, state parks and trails across the state of Florida have received both major and minor upgrades. The improvements not only make the sites more convenient for tourists, but many also increase accessibility for people with disabilities.

“Our parks and trails offer the chance for Florida residents and visitors to enjoy some of this state’s most treasured natural resources,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “Ensuring everyone has equal access to these locations has been a goal of mine since I came aboard and I’m thrilled to see many of these projects wrapping up so residents and visitors can start enjoying them.”

Since November 2013, 18 parks and trails across the state have received upgrades. So far, 20 projects have been completed and four projects are projected to be finalized later this month. Improvement and accessibility projects remain a focus for the department and more than $19 million in funds has been allocated for fiscal year 2014-2015 to continue with additional projects.

“Camping, hiking and picnicking are some favorite activities for visitors to state parks and state trails,” said Director of the Florida Park Service Donald Forgione. “We’ve had a record number of visitors this past year. Providing updated facilities makes their visit even more enjoyable.”

Some of the more noteworthy improvements include the Dunnellon Trail, a new multi-use trail and bridge that brings the state within two miles of connecting the Withlacoochee State Trail to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. The Cross Florida Greenway is a key component of the Heart of Florida Loop, a multi-county regional greenway network, which is part of the larger statewide Florida Greenways and Trails Priority System. Connected trails provide recreational, economic, alternative transportation and quality of life benefits to local communities.

Walkway renovations completed at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park provide access for visitors with disabilities as well as a much safer surface for all park guests.  The aesthetically pleasing walkway enhances the park while preserving its historic value as colored concrete pavers that were produced on site in the late 1930s were restored and reused for the renovation project.

Below is a list of the completed and ongoing projects. For more detailed information on any of the projects please call our press office.

Project List Project List 2

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