Emerald Trail Plan Adopted by Jacksonville City Council

Jacksonville, Fla. 3/27/2019 The Emerald Necklace was envisioned by architect Henry Klutho in the early 20th century to describe a series of parks, trails, greenspace and creeks forming a necklace around downtown. It has been just an idea for more than a century, but now the Jacksonville City Council has adopted a plan presented by Groundwork Jacksonville to build the Emerald Trail within the next 10 years.
The resolution, which was approved at the March 26 City Council meeting, adopts the Emerald Trail Master Plan, including branding and design standards, and encourages the City of Jacksonville to follow the master plan in the implementation of the City’s future trail planning and revitalization efforts.
The estimated project cost for design and construction is approximately $31.0 million, not including land acquisition. Groundwork has an agreement with the City to manage the design and permitting of the project and has committed to raising at least 50 percent of the design and permitting cost from private donors, grants and foundations. “The Groundwork Trust was established in Jacksonville to realize the Emerald Necklace and to build the public-private partnerships to make it possible,” says Kay Ehas, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, “We are proud to take this first giant step toward achieving that goal.”

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