Combining the Pinellas Peninsula’s nationally recognized Pinellas Trail (W-E) and Skyway Trail (N-S) with the existing and future planned St. Petersburg and Forward Pinellas Complete Streets assets into an internationally branded Greenway, urban ecotourism visitors will now also be attracted. City residents enjoying increased healthy recreational opportunities will experience improved connection and mobility to important educational and entertainment venues, social services, health providers, places of worship, and businesses. Finally, while also assisting in restoring Environmental, Social Justice, and Health Equity to the City’s Southside’s challenged neighborhoods, we will especially focus and support bicycle safety (Vision Zero) as we most importantly promote Youth Opportunity Creation.
Greenways typically are corridors of land recognized for their ability to connect people and places. These ribbons of open space are often located within linear corridors that are either natural, such as bay’s, streams, creeks, lakes, river, or man-made, such as abandoned railroad beds and utility corridors. In urban areas with existing parks and/or with other environmentally interesting assets, specifically landscaped and calmed streets can be most effective.
Greenways as vegetated buffers protect natural habitats, improve water quality and reduce the impacts of flooding in floodplain areas. Most greenways contain trails, which enhance existing recreational opportunities, provide routes for alternative transportation, and most importantly improve the overall quality of life in an area.
Greenway participants will find a variety of trails designed to accommodate fun and healthy uses including bicycling, hiking, walking, jogging, running, skating, rollerblading, etc.
Greenways provide a variety of benefits that ultimately affect the sustainability of a region’s economic, environmental, and social health. These benefits include:
Creating Value and Generating Economic Activity
Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Improving Health through Active Living
Clear Skies, Clean Rivers, and Protected Wildlife
Protecting People and Property from Flood Damage
Enhancing Cultural Awareness and Community Identity
Improving the Environmental & Social Justice for our Neglected Neighborhoods
Phase 1 Coming soon!
Phase 2 Coming soon!