Shingle Creek Regional Trail Ground Breaking
At the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Shingle Creek Regional Trail, elected officials and key members of the project team each grabbed their own ceremonial golden shovel and marked the official beginning of the first phase of the construction project on January 9, 2015.
Photo by Liz Stemm
The Shingle Creek Regional Trail will be a multi-use recreational trail that was developed through cooperation between the governments of the City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, the City of Orlando, and Orange County.
When fully constructed, the Shingle Creek Regional Trail will span 32 miles through one of Florida’s most traveled urbanized areas including the heart of Kissimmee, where a new pedestrian overpass on John Young Parkway will provide safety for trailgoers. The trail will become part of an extensive network that extends from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs State Park, and from Orlando to Mascotte. Once the trail is completed, it will serve as a key north-south connector in a larger regional trail network that includes the West Orange Trail, South Lake Trail, Cross Seminole Trail, and Seminole Wekiva Trail.
Photo by: Ben McIntee
The Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday honored the start of construction on the first phase of the North Area Project. This portion of the project focuses on the corridor from the Osceola / Orange County line to U.S. 192 (Vine Street). The trail will begin on Shingle Creek right next to the Osceola County Welcome Center, and follow the creek on a path that leads directly to the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The trail will include 12-foot wide horizontal, pedestrian, and bicycle trail components, including asphalt multi-use paths, boardwalks (where deemed necessary) and bridges.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Dan Loubier, Director of the City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities, welcomed the crowd and gave a brief overview of the project that has been “25 years in the making.” He also stated that this phase of the trail project is expected to be completed in Fall 2015.
Mayor Jim Swan made a short speech about his involvement with the project over the past 20 years, followed by Osceola County Commissioner Mike Harford, who gave his own thoughts on the project. Harford shared his excitement that the trail will provide access for guests to experience the new Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. Once completed, guests of the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum will be able to walk down this scenic path to make their way to visit the Pioneer Village!