Across the country and across the state, places like Dunedin, Winter Garden and Inverness, enjoy extensive, connected multi-use pathways, but shockingly, Naples does not. The Gordon River Greenway and the Rich King Memorial Greenway are heavily used and very popular with residents and visitors to the area, but they are 4-miles in length or less and are not connected to other safe pathways. The project provides a safe network of non-motorized multi-use pathways, making Southwest Florida safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
Naples Pathways Coalition is thrilled to announce the Paradise Coast Trail. We envision this to be a premier 70+ mile trail built exclusively for safe and enjoyable walking, running and biking.
The Paradise Coast Trail will connect Naples, Ave Maria, Immokalee and other areas within and beyond Collier County. It will expand transportation options, improve health and wellness, reduce our carbon footprint and provide a destination to experience the Paradise Coast's unique beauty. It will drive quality of life and healthier lifestyles, yield economic benefits to the county, increases property values, and enable greater safety for recreational and commuter bicyclists.
We have partnered with Rails to Trails Conservancy and hired consulting firm Kimley-Horn to help us bring this vision to reality. This past Friday, the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization voted in support of a resolution endorsing the project. The next big step is the feasibility study, and fundraising has already begun!
We are hoping to fast track the trail's development and not wait on the typical improvement project time frame. If we can raise the funds needed for the feasibility study, we will be in a position to shave five years or more from the process! We invite you donate today so we can all be walking, running and biking on the Paradise Coast Trail!
We are thrilled about the great press the Paradise Coast Trail has been receiving:
Check out this article from Florida Weekly reporter Cindy Pierce.
Check out this story from WINK News reporter Jerrica Valtierra.
Check out this story from NBC-2 News reporter Gabrielle Dawkins.
Check out this article from Naples Daily News reporter Emma Dill.