March 2018 – The Hillsborough MPO and Hillsborough County Public Works are getting underway on a study to connect the Selmon Greenway, a trail running under and along the Selmon Expressway, to the north end of the South Coast Greenway. This connection will eventually lead to a trail spanning the entire county!
The South Coast Greenway is a planned continuous 13-mile, north-south 10-15-foot wide paved trail in south Hillsborough County from Symmes Road to the Little Manatee River. The trail will provide recreation and non-motorized transportation opportunities for cyclists, in-line skaters, and pedestrians. Once completed, it will link important destinations including parks and recreation facilities, public schools, a community college, nature preserves, shopping, town centers, and neighborhoods.
The proposed connector will run through the communities of Palm River, Clair Mel City, Progress Village, Riverview, and Gibsonton connecting the existing Selmon Greenway with the South Coast Greenway at Symmes Road. This important connection helps fill a gap in the statewide trail system as part of the larger Gulf Coast Trail, which at its completion will run from Pinellas County through Hillsborough and south all the way to Naples in Collier County. It will also offer residents of the communities along its route access to recreational opportunities and will be a safe, nonmotorized connection through Hillsborough County.
Public meetings will be held in April. The first is scheduled on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm in the Community Room at the 78th Street Community Library. Or, Join us on Wednesday, April 4th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Gardenville Recreation Center.