Volusia County Announces Plans For 3 New Trail Segments

Whether jogging, riding a bike or just out for a nature stroll, outdoor recreational enthusiasts can look forward to 3.5 miles of new, inter-connected multi-use trails to explore in the DeLand area.

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And the design work, about $2.1 million, is being completely funded by the state. It’s all part of the Spring-to-Spring Trail that, when completed, will stretch 26 miles from Gemini Springs Park in DeBary all the way north to DeLeon Springs State Park. Major portions of the popular trail have already been built. Recently, the Volusia County Council approved grant agreements with the Florida Department of Transportation to pay for the design of three new segments that will connect Lake Beresford Park in DeLand to an existing trail along Grand Avenue that goes all the way north to Chuck Lennon Park in DeLeon Springs. Work also is under way to take the trail further north to DeLeon Springs State Park.

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“This is one of the few last remaining gap sections that we have to complete,” Tadd Kasbeer, Volusia County’s engineering and construction division director, told the County Council about the three new sections about to enter the design phase.

The grant agreements approved Tuesday cover the design work for three connected trail segments, the first an approximately 1.8-mile stretch that will start at Lake Beresford Park and run north to Old New York Avenue. The state has agreed to put up approximately $1.2 million for the design work. The second stretch, about 0.6 miles in length, will go north to S.R. 44. The state has approved $428,798 for the design. The third leg will take the trail another 1.1 miles north to connect it to an existing trail on Grand Avenue. The state has approved a $535,997 grant for the county to fund the design of the third segment.

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The money is coming from the state’s Shared Use Non-motorized Trail, or SUN Trail program. Supported by revenue from tags on new vehicles, the program works with local governments to build a network of paved, non-motorized recreational trails around the state.

Volusia County Mosquito Control Will Hold Two Tire Amnesty Events To Help Reduce Pesky Insect Population

With mosquito season in full swing, Volusia County is ramping up efforts to combat these pesky insects. Ongoing efforts to reduce mosquito populations include eliminating containers where mosquitoes lay eggs, with old tires being a common culprit. Volusia County Mosquito Control will hold two tire amnesty events on Friday, Oct. 9.

Duke Energy Grants Benefit Florida Natural Resources And Species Conservation

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $355,000 to 10 nonprofits committed to protecting and restoring Florida’s natural resources. The grants will fund programs that protect and rehabilitate Florida wildlife, as well as conserve and restore native habitats. The grants also support environmental education and help preserve Florida’s natural resources, including its waterways.

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