Enjoy this video showing City of Kissimmee, Osceola County and other officials, as well as project team members and the community at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the first completed phase of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail.
A bike and walking trail opened in Kissimmee Thursday.
But it’s not just any old trail.
It’s a trail that was 30 years in the making.
Local leaders from the city and Osceola County helped cut the ribbon of the first phase of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail.
Then some of them got on a bike and used it, riding north to Babb Landing.
The segment now open starts near the Steffee Landing paddling center south of U.S. Highway 192, goes under the road, past the Osceola County.
Trails to eventually link Shingle Creek, Osceola Parkway, Toho
By Ken Jackson, Staff Writer
Eco-tourism is big business in Florida — a $38 billion economic impact in the state in 2010, according to figures drawn by Kissimmee planning officials.
The city wants a piece of that action, and is working with the county, the state and even the federal government to use its resources — the lake, its park and Shingle Creek — to bring fans of it here. “Increased eco-tourism can impact downtown Kissimmee,” Kissimmee Planning Director Randy Schrader said. “The people in Tallahassee understand what it brings here.” Schrader recently gave an update of the city’s upcoming plans for trails that link other jewels like Pioneer Village, the Welcome Center and the lakefront, which borders downtown.