Last month, we discussed the groundbreaking of two new parks for the Lake Nona area with a third park scheduled to begin in 2018. As part of my continued focus on building stronger neighborhoods, I am focused on expanding our existing bike and walking trails. These trails are intended to provide residents the chance to get outdoors, enjoy some exercise, and safely visit area parks and amenities.
As you can see on the attached map, the current trail system runs throughout North Lake Park, Laureate Park, Medical City, East Park and Randall Park. My commitment is to connect the entire system along with providing the appropriate number of benches, water stops, and bike repair stations.
Next year, we begin the expansion of Narcoossee Road from the Beachline to the 417 Expressway. In addition to improving some of our underperforming intersections, we will construct a 1.5-mile bike trail adjacent to the west side of Narcoossee Road. This will serve as a key connection for North Lake Park with all other areas of the southeast trail system.
As we continue to grow, I will continue working with our City Transportation Department to expand our trail system to provide area residents with safe, user-friendly connectivity to our parks, restaurants and shopping opportunities.
City of Orlando Commissioner Jim Gray can be reached by email at Jim.Gray@CityofOrlando.net or by calling 407-246-2001.