A plan to build a multi-use path in the Everglades
Workshop set for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Several workshops being held about creating a pathway in the Everglades. The meetings are being held at Edison State College in Collier Co. Video by fox4now.comvideo
NAPLES, Fla.- How does taking a jog or a bike ride through the Everglades sound?
A meeting on Tuesday night at Edison State College in Naples is discussing a plan to build a multi-use path from Collier County to Miami-Dade County.
The next Everglades Ride is set for April. The event is to create excitement for a project called "River of Grass Greenway." It's an idea to build a multi-use pathway into the Everglades.
"Be able to safely bike ride, walk, bird watch, and it will have wheel chair access," said Michelle Avola Reese, Executive Director of Naples Pathway Coalition.
The pathway would run from Naples to Miami, parallel to Tamiami Trail. It would run through portions of the Everglades including the Big Cypress National Preserve.
"it would be 75 miles going form Collier County all the way to Miami-Dade," said Avolareese.
The first phase of the project is to create a master plan and do a feasibility study.
"That's going to take into account everything from right of way...driver issues, drainage issues, where there's going to be a potential impact to the environment," said Avola Reese.
The Naples Pathways Coalition is just one player in the game. Agencies from Miami are also involved. The Coalition says this pathway would make it easier and safer for people to sight see.
"Instead of people just pulling off the side of the road as they currently do... creating traffic concerns as well as safety nightmares," added Avola Reese.
Several workshops on this plan are schedule for Tuesday (Jan.29), Wednesday (Jan.30), Thursday (Jan.31) and Saturday (Feb. 2). The workshop will be held at Edison State College, Collier Campus, Building J, Room 103 (7007 Lely Cultural Pkwy).