(A) Providence Boulevard Trail:
A feasibility study is completed by the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization for a shared use path along Providence Boulevard. The project has been approved by the TPO and FDOT. The shared use path would consist of a concrete trail connecting Howland Boulevard to Doyle Road (Thornby Park). Providence Trail will be constructed in segments and include alternate alignments to link civic facilities, parks, and schools. Avcon was selected as the design and engineering firm and design, engineering, and surveying are currently underway.
(B) The City of Deltona’s Ecological Destination Project:
The Commission directed City staff to work on the ideas of lodging, educational use, and ecological tourism/trailhead development.
- Staff continues to solicit and discuss the redevelopment of the Lakeshore Community Center, with emphasis on a “recreational lodge use” and.
- The three ecological parks’ ECHO grant applications have been approved by the Volusia County Council. Design, engineering, and surveying for the parks are currently underway.
- On January 23rd, the City of Deltona was awarded a Trailhead Designation for the Lakeshore Drive facility.
On January 23rd, the City of Deltona was designated as a FL Trail Town by the Florida Department of Greenways & Trails. The Lakeshore Loops/Lakeshore Facility was also designated as a State of Florida Trailhead and will be listed on the Greenways & Trails website. This is a large step in recognition of trails and trail usage for the SW Volusia region and the City of Deltona.
(C) Development of Pollinator Gardens and Monarch City USA Signage:
As a part of the City’s April 26th Arbor Day Festivities, milkweed (the preferred plant for the Monarch Butterflies) was given away at Deltona City Hall in the morning and at the Deltona Community Gardens (DCG) in the afternoon. Over thirty participants attended the DCG event, collecting milkweed plants, seeds for pollinator plants, and taking time to have their pictures taken with the first set of butterfly wings (Monarch Butterfly). The City plans to have multiple sets of butterfly wings located throughout the City for residents and visitors to enjoy.