MEDIA ADVISORY: Oct. 18, 2012
FLORIDA PARK SERVICE TO HOST GROUNDBREAKING EVENT FOR DUNNELLON TRAIL
~The trail and bridge is a major step towards connecting the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida
Greenway and the Withlacoochee State Trail ~
This section Cross Florida Greenway leads to the Withlacoochee River and is part of the trail and bridge project in Dunnellon.
MARION COUNTY – The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and the Florida Park Service will host a groundbreaking event to
celebrate the start of construction of a multi-use trail and bridge in Dunnellon.
trail and bridge brings the state one step closer to connecting the
Withlacoochee State Trail to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway -- a key component of a multi-county regional greenway loop, which is part of the larger Florida Greenways and Trails System. Connected
trails attract tourists, increase property values, provide healthy recreation,
improve the quality of life, stimulate business development and provide
alternative transportation in local communities.
The 280-foot bridge
will span the Withlacoochee River. The 12-foot wide, 3-mile paved trail will
feature two trailheads -- one trailhead located in Citrus County and one in Marion County. The construction
is made possible with funding from the Florida Department of Transportation and
the Federal Highway Administration through a Transportation Enhancement Project
and 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.
The event will take place:
Thursday, Oct. 25
From I-75, exit onto SR 40 in Ocala heading west to Dunnellon. SR 40 ends
at US 41. Turn left and proceed south on US 41 through Dunnellon over
the Withlacoochee River. Continue south on US 41 for 1.2 miles to CR 39.
Turn left onto CR 39. Event signage and parking will be visible 400’ after turning off of US 41.
Follow the signs to event parking. View a map.