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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 1 month ago

Winter Garden receives Trail Town designation

Winter Garden officially is the 10th city in Florida to receive a Trail Town designation from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

The city of Winter Garden has a new honor under its belt: It is now the 10th city in the state to be designated a Trail Town.

Jon Williams, assistant city manager of public services, presented city leaders with a commemorative plaque during the Thursday, Feb. 13, commission meeting. 

A program under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails, the Trail Town designation recognizes cities and towns "where trail-based tourism is a driving economic force that shapes and sustains the surrounding communities."

"A Trail Town is a vibrant destination where people come together," according to the FDEP. "It is a place where trail users can venture off a hiking, biking, equestrian or paddling trail to enjoy the amenities and unique heritage of the community, benefiting the town economically and socially."

Other trail towns in the state are Dunedin, Clermont, Titusville, Malabar, Vilano Beach, Palatka, Inverness, Deltona and Everglades City.

Check back for an in-depth story of the Feb. 13. commission meeting, including other items city leaders discussed, online and in print on Thursday, Feb. 20.


Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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