What is a Greenway?
A greenway is a corridor of land recognized for its ability to connect people and places. Many are ribbons of open space located within linear corridors that are either natural and/or near bays, oceans, gulfs, rivers, and streams, or even man-made such as abandoned railroad beds and utility corridors. In more urban areas they may include existing but modified and/or shared paved roadways that enhance existing recreational opportunities, provide routes for alternative transportation, and improve the overall quality of life in an area. These trails can be paved or unpaved and can be designed to accommodate a variety of trail users, including bicyclists, walkers, hikers, joggers, skaters, and even those individuals requiring assisted mobility devices.
Greenway General Benefits...
...ultimately affect the sustainability & resiliency of a region’s economic, environmental, social, & physical health by….
Creating Value & Generating Additional Economic Activity
Improving Safe Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation
Improving Health through Active Living
Providing Safe Accessible Fun & Healthy Exercise Opportunities for Physically Challenged Individuals
Improving & Protecting Streams, Bays, & Estuaries
Protecting People & Property from Flood & Hurricane Damage
Enhancing the Heritage & Cultural Awareness of a Community's Identity
Our Southside Greenway
Pinellas Trail Loop Hubs Plan...
…creates a multimodal sustainable transportation network of biking trails, (and/or ways & lanes) used also for walking, jogging, and rolling to provide free or very low-cost car-free last mile City wide transportation options. Our plan’s focus is the assemblage of Southern Pinellas's existing Pinellas Trail Loop assets built upon the original Fred Marquis Pinellas Trait (46 miles). The first connecting Hub will create a southward excursion on the Skyway Trail (4.6 miles) with the Skyway Bridge Trail (3.5 mile) providing fantastic recreational opportunities surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico.
Returning northwardly, the intersection at the Southside Greenway 26th Ave So Hub connects eastwardly with the Deuces Trail’s (22nd St So) southern access to the Lake Maggiore Subtropical Ecosystem (Dell Holmes Park). To its north through The Deuces Live district (main street) then connects with downtown St. Petersburg’s urban cultural assets: museums, art galleries, vast collection of culinary, arts, and shopping venues. The St. Pete Pier and downtown parks can then also be enjoyed while leaving the downtown waterfront traveling northward on the North Bay Trail (6.5 miles) past the Weedon Island Preserve to arrive at the Duke Energy Trail (22 miles) to then complete the Pinellas Trail Loop.
When completed, St. Petersburg will then join the country’s other elite cities utilizing an emerald necklace as an interconnected loop: Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Baltimore, Jacksonville, & Orlando.
From the SunRunner Stations 22 & 23 with a biking & recreational overlay branding of the 22nd St So corridor, the Deuces Trail will become the cornerstone in developing our Southside Greenway by creating our very unique urban ecotourism bike touring destination directly connecting our City’s urban cultural assets with our unique Lake Maggiore Subtropical Ecosystem at Dell Holmes Park.
Residents will now also be provided additional safe low-cost transportation connections with our City's parks & recreation centers, schools, libraries, employment & job training opportunities, social & medical services, & our churches.
To increase our local, state, and international visitors we will now be able to develop and concentrate upon building these targeted tourism economic drivers:
Urban Ecotourism City Cultural Arts City Heritage African American Heritage Accessible Nature
Clicking on the below key blue locations of schools, parks, museums, art galleries, social service providers, & healthcare providers
will demonstrate how safe, economical, & very mobile transportation can now be achieved & enjoyed in a car-free environment.