HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA.com) - Imagine taking a walk or a bike ride through 20 different neighborhoods in Tampa on one path.
That's the idea behind the Green ARTery Project. Tampa already has beautiful parks and trails, but organizers of Green ARTery want to connect them all and, in turn, connect the citizens in those neighborhoods.
When completed, the Green ARTery Perimeter Trail will be a 20-plus mile multi-use path for walkers, bikers, joggers and skaters. More than half of the trail will follow the banks of the Hillsborough River.
"So far we have great partnerships with the City of Tampa and the Metropolitan Planning Organization that are helping develop the trail and how it's all going to connect together," said Heidi Bissell, Green ARTery Communications Chairperson.
The 22nd Street Park in Old Seminole Heights is first on the Green ARTery agenda. The park sits next to the Hillsborough River, but there is currently no clear bike or walking path through the park. When a trail is created, it will connect northeast Seminole Heights with the Green ARTery Trail already coming from the west. Then, the entire loop will be completed.
The plans for this trail will be made in the next few months, but projects along the Green ARTery Perimeter Trail will continue for several years. While the entire trail is currently rideable, not all parts of it are marked, and there are parts that go through busy intersections.
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