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Kiva

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Emerald trail
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:31:21 PM »
I can't find the original thread for this, but apparently what was originally the Emerald necklace is now the "Emerald Trail". Is the recent city council resolution an important step forward, or just a minor technicality? https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/emerald-trail-resolution-approved-hopes-to-connect-neighborhoods-to-iconic-destinations/77-75ec8366-e51c-4e19-bac5-0689f28ec822

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2019, 01:02:56 PM »
From the Groundwork Jacksonville website, sounds like it adoption of the Emerald Trail Master Plan. GWJ will seek funding through the CIP in the next 2 years.
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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.”

According to Ehas, the next step will be to design and build the “Model Project,” a portion of the trail that will be highly utilized and will offer the community a tangible example of what the finished Emerald Trail can be. The 1.3-mile Model Project will connect the south end of the existing S-Line Rail Trail to the intersection of Park Street and Stonewall Street, near the Convention Center. The goal is to have the project completed in 2020.

There are many advantages to this connection including multiple access points for the LaVilla and Brooklyn neighborhoods, the opportunity to connect to the McCoys Creek greenway in the future, and no land acquisition is needed. The total cost for this first trail segment is projected to be $3.6 million. Groundwork is currently raising $900,000, or 25 percent of the Model Project cost. For the balance of the funding, legislation will soon be introduced to move funds into the 2018-2019 Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) budget for design. Construction funds will be requested from City Council as part of the 2019-2020 CIP.
https://groundworkjacksonville.org/city-council-adopts-trail-master-plan/

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2019, 01:15:39 PM »
Correct me if my thoughts are misguided, but I have a hard time seeing this moving forward in a meaningful way. The Landing has to be gobbling up funds that could be allocated to projects like this, right?

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2019, 01:25:12 PM »
A few Emerald Trail components are already built (S-Line Urban Greenway), funded for construction (McCoys Creek Greenway) or currently under construction (Fuller Warren Bridge Shared Use Path). So things are moving forward.
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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2019, 01:48:37 PM »
This Dropbox link has the proposed Master Plan and a few other materials.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/am36vqnw2ijjaxn/AAD7ZXxs8TR8qHt_scdH2U2Ua?dl=0

From a brief skim, the Master Plan looks well done and has a good road map for implementation. $31 million (excluding acquisition) is a very, very small number for a project of this importance in a city as big as Jacksonville. If the City and it's donor class can't fund this, I would advise everyone living in the urban core to move out of Town. This is a no brainer.

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2019, 02:10:32 PM »
^Same goes for the downtown two-way street stuff. All of that was estimated by the DIA a few years back to cost around $10 million or so.
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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2019, 03:07:56 PM »
It's very nice to see this coming along, especially at what seems to be a reasonable price.

But one of the same concerns we've had about some of the Landing proposals also stands here. What is the plan for maintaining all of this park space after it's built? Will there be a standing budget to keep the grass mowed, the trees trimmed, the paths clean? To run some of this programming and keep people paying attention to it?

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2019, 03:56:14 PM »
It's very nice to see this coming along, especially at what seems to be a reasonable price.

But one of the same concerns we've had about some of the Landing proposals also stands here. What is the plan for maintaining all of this park space after it's built? Will there be a standing budget to keep the grass mowed, the trees trimmed, the paths clean? To run some of this programming and keep people paying attention to it?

Totally agree! Are you reading this City Council, Mayors Office, DIA?

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2019, 06:38:18 AM »
This is incredible. I hope it is seen through to fruition.
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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2019, 10:02:27 PM »
Does this plan include revitalizing Klutho Park????

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2019, 02:11:47 PM »
This is trail is a game changer. We need to make it happen.  :)
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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2019, 03:44:14 PM »
Does this plan include revitalizing Klutho Park????

Klutho Park doesn't particularly need a revitalization. It's pretty nice, and getting nicer. Hogans Creek, which runs through the park, definitely does.

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Re: Emerald trail
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2019, 03:45:35 PM »
Does this plan include revitalizing Klutho Park????

Klutho Park doesn't particularly need a revitalization. It's pretty nice, and getting nicer. Hogans Creek, which runs through the park, definitely does.

The biggest thing I noticed with Klutho park last time I was there was just basic maintenance - mow the grass more often!

Though...that is far from unique to Klutho park.