MPO seeks input on Tampa-Hillsborough Greenways & Trails Plan update

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This spring the MPO launched an update and integration of the trails and greenways plans in City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. For 20 years the Hillsborough Greenways Master Plan has served as the guiding document in identifying greenway and trail opportunities throughout the County. In 2001, the City of Tampa adopted the Tampa Greenways and Trails Master Plan as the guide for trails throughout the City. While the Plan has been subsequently amended to list additional projects; for the most part it has remained unchanged for the past 14 years. Both of these plans have been proven successful in developing a more complete system throughout the City and County.

Recently completed trails include the Courtney Campbell Trail, a new segment of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, Tampa Riverwalk, and the Selmon Greenway (see article above). Popularity is not limited to Hillsborough County, at the regional and state-level trail projects like the Coast-to-Coast Trail are being funded. There is an evolving understanding that a well-connected network of trails provides transportation alternatives, boosts quality of life, and supports a thriving economy, resulting in increased interest in further development and integration of greenways, trails, and multi-use non-motorized transportation networks throughout Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay region.

The Tampa-Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Plan Update has two major objectives:

  1. Update the County’s Greenways Master Plan by integrating recent pedestrian, bicycle, and multi-use trail projects and initiatives into the Plan.
  2. Identify opportunities to improve the region’s multimodal networks providing further trail connections to Pasco, Manatee, and Polk counties.

For further information contact Michele Ogilvie at 813.273.3774 x317 or ogilviem@plancom.org.

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