June is National Trails Month! Coconut Creek has an impressive trails system that includes greenways, parks and connectors. It is the goal of the city to link these trails to our neighboring cities via the East Coast Greenway.
The East Coast Greenway was conceived in 1991 and is the nation’s most ambitious long-distance urban trail. By connecting existing and planned shared-use trails, a continuous, traffic-free route is being formed, serving self-powered users of all abilities and ages. At 2,900 miles long, the Greenway will link Calais, Maine, at the Canadian border, with Key West. Alternate routes will add another 2,000 miles to the trail system.
A linear park, the East Coast Greenway is almost entirely on public right of way, incorporating waterfront esplanades, park paths, abandoned railroad corridors, canal towpaths and pathways along highway corridors. Designed to accommodate both tourists and locals, the East Coast Greenway has universal appeal.
Florida boasts the longest portion of Greenway with the most miles of completed trail. North to south, the Greenway enters the state at Fernandina Beach, then continues 584 miles to Key West, the United States’ southernmost mainland point. The Greenway travels largely along the coast, through seaside villages, America’s earliest historic sites, vast nature preserves and major cities, including Jacksonville and Miami. The route includes 198 miles of completed traffic-free paths and the most bridges of any ECG state.
For more information about the East Coast Greenway, visit greenway.org.