FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pamela Blankenship, Community Outreach Coordinator
386-226-0422, extension 20416
RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE 1st SUN TRAIL SEGMENT CONSTRUCTED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
On Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., the city of Edgewater will celebrate the opening of the Dale Avenue SUN Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Daytona State College (940 10th Street, New Smyrna Beach). This event celebrates the completion of the first trail segment constructed with SUN Trail funds in the State of Florida. The trail is a 12-foot wide, paved, multi-use path that extends the East Central Regional Rail Trail from the intersection of Park Avenue and Dale Avenue, north to 10th Street near the main entrance of Daytona State College’s New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus. The trail is the result of collaboration between the city of Edgewater, the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), Volusia County and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). “The opening of this trail is the result of determination and visionary leadership that will expand the use and enjoyment of our interconnected trail system,” remarked Volusia County Council Vice Chair and River to Sea TPO Chair Deb Denys.
The Florida Shared Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program was established during the 2015 legislative session allocating $25 million per year for the development of a state-wide trail system. The trail will provide recreational opportunities as well as additional transportation options Edgewater residents and students attending Daytona State College and New Smyrna Beach Middle and High Schools. The project forms a portion of the St. Johns River to Sea Loop, a 260-mile long regional trail system that spans a five-county area. More information about the SUN Trail program can be found at www.floridasuntrail.com.
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