Orange County Celebrates Pine Hills Trail Ribbon Cutting in District 6
Mayor Teresa Jacobs, District 6 Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin and District 2 Commissioner Bryan Nelson joined Orange County Parks and Recreation to host the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pine Hills Trail – Phase 1 on Oct. 18 at Barnett Park.
Funded by Federal Enhancement dollars administrated by the Florida Department of Transportation, the 2.5-mile segment was opened ahead of schedule with construction estimated at $6.7 million. Orange County Public Works oversaw the Phase 1 construction.
“In time, this trail will connect to the Shingle Creek Trail and cover a critical gap in Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Trail, a 250-mile trail across the state, linking communities from the Gulf Coast to the east coast, “ said Mayor Jacobs. “By investing in our Parks infrastructure, we are not only investing in eco-tourism – an industry that has grown significantly – but also creating trails like this one that celebrate each unique community it passes through in Orange County.”
The first phase of the trail project uses an existing Duke Energy electrical power transmission utility corridor. The project consists of construction a 10-foot to 12-foot wide asphalt trail, with one-foot wide concrete ribbon curb on either side.