$150K extensions planned for Shoreline Park walking trails

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Staff reports

Graphic depicts the completed Phase I concrete trails (white lines) and Phase II existing trails (red lines) and proposed new extentions (yellow lines). 

The Gulf Breeze City Council on Tuesday will discuss authorizing staff to advertise for bids for construction of primitive walking trails within Shoreline Park South.

According to supporting documentation for the meeting agenda, the 1997 Shoreline Park Master Plan developed by the University of Florida includes three main walking trails which become natural arterials to an observation platform, amphitheatre and other amenities.

Phase 1 was completed with the construction of the concrete walking trail in 2012.

The Council budgeted $150,000 for Phase 2 of the main trail system for fiscal year 2018. This project entails constructing the new walking arterials as well as identifying overgrown and currently
unused minor trails within the park system for enhancements.

Wayfinding signage, mile markers and common area amenities will be bid separately.

The future Phase 3 is a Transportation Alternative Project partially funded by FDOT grant funds which entails a trail with boardwalk to the Sound, in addition to a multi-use pathway loop along
Fairpoint Avenue and Shoreline Drive. The City’s match for this phase is 20% or $500,928 with a grant award of $1,516,638.34. This phase is expected to commence in 2020.

The project will occur in upland areas, and staff will seek wetland construction permits for future expansion of the trail system, according to the agenda.

Tuesday’s City Council Regular Meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.