Lake Hunter’s proposed multi-purpose trail

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Looking for ease when traversing Lake Hunter? You might be in luck.

The City of Lakeland is considering a new multi-purpose trail down Sikes Boulevard, along Lake Hunter. Commissioners recently partook in a workshop to chat about the proposed trail, which was presented by David Nelson from Renaissance Planning. 

To catch you up to speed, here are a few fast facts, should the plan come to fruition:

The 10-12 ft. wide trail would span 1.4 miles from Ariana Street to Lime Street
The trail would provide an easier ride for bikers hoping to head to New York Avenue Cycle Track, Veterans Memorial Park + Bonnet Springs Park.
If approved, the trail’s construction wouldn’t begin until 2026 or 2027.
Construction of the trail would be broken up into three phases with potential options spanning from $2 million to $8.5 million.
Some proposed details include a boardwalk, retention walls, or grassy slopes.

What next? The City plans to propose the idea + request funding in 2022 from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Polk Transportation Planning Organization. 

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