Leesburg Greenway Trail
of trails will serve as a recreational and transportation connector to the downtown business
area, residential neighborhoods and various parks. Additionally, the City is proposing to
develop a 500 acre nature park off of CR 470 that would include hiking and off road trails.
Ultimately, the Leesburg Greenway Trail will provide connectivity to the county and regional
The Gardenia Trail would connect Fruitland Park to the Carver Heights Neighborhood, Carver
Middle School and Susan Street recreational complex. This trail can be constructed
exclusively on CSX property. This trail has received funding support by the Lake-Sumter MPO.
Lake Denham Trail
This trail segment would be a connector from the Magnolia Trail to the City's Spray field site.
The City already owns several miles of abandoned rail road along this route, which is being
used for a wastewater line extension. The Lake County Water Authority’s Flat Island is
approximately ½ mile from our trail location. Additionally, the old City land fill proposed for
future recreation facilities is adjacent to the trail.
The 14 foot wide Magnolia Trail, the first section of the Leesburg Greenway Trail, was
completed in October 2003. This section runs from the
Mote-Morris House at 12th Street to Canal Street. City staff and members of
the community have advanced the idea of connecting the Magnolia Trail to other trails
projects being proposed by the City, Lake County Water Authority, Lake County and the
Florida Department of Transportation. City staff wants to expand the potential of the
Magnolia Trail by connecting it to the Tav-Lee Trail. This would allow residents to use
the trail to reach the Sleepy Hollow complex, Lake Sumter Community College, Lake Square
Mall and the Lake County Government Complex in Tavares.
A trail along U.S. 441 is being completed by FDOT from U.S. 19 in Tavares to U. S. 27 in Leesburg.
Venetian Gardens Trail
This trail, constructed along Canal Street in downtown Leesburg, is designed as a connector between the Tav-Lee Trail, Wild-Lee trail and the
Magnolia Trail. Additionally, this trail connects Venetian Gardens to the South and
the LCWA’s nature preserve to the north.
Property has been acquired along the railroad right-of-way between Leesburg and Wildwood. This trail has received funding support by the Lake-Sumter MPO.
This design project includes two sections of multi-use trail and the design of sidewalk and signal improvements to accommodate the temporary at-grade trail crossing at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Center Street. Section One begins at Jones Road and ends at 13th Street a distance of 2.74 miles. Section Two begins just west of U.S. 27 and ends at Griffin Road, a distance of .81 miles. These improvements include drainage, safety, utilities, and intersection design for the proposed trail.
In September of 2006, the City of Leesburg, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), completed a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for four multi-use trails in the vicinity of Leesburg, Florida. The proposed multi-use trails included the Leesburg-Wildwood Trail; Gardenia Trail; Fountain Lake Trail; and Tav-Lee Trail Phase III. As a result of the completed PD&E study and additional FDOT funding, the City Council is moving forward with the design of the Leesburg-Wildwood Trail.
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The initial design phase began in January 2009 and the final design is scheduled to be completed in October 2009. Click here to view the schedule.
An initial public information meeting will be held in May of 2009 where you will be able to discuss the project with the City of Leesburg staff and view the latest plans.
The City recognizes the importance of coordination and partnering with other interested
groups and governmental agencies. The following agencies can assist in a variety of ways
in the development of a trail network in the Leesburg area:
1. Lake County - Obtaining assistance with right-of-way identification, project design
review, funding and letters of support. Additional, the County is developing a variety
of recreational facilities that could be connected by the trail network.
2. Lake County Water Authority – County wide network support, connectivity with Water
Authority property (Flat Island and property behind North Campus of LRMC) and financial support.
3. FDOT – Developer of the Tav-Lee Trail and potential source of funding for other trail segments.
Leesburg Trails Master Plan
The Leesburg Trails Master Plan was adopted by the City Commission on October 11, 2004. The final
document details existing and proposed trail corridors, as well as design guidelines, prioritization,
and funding mechanisms. The public involvement in preparing the Master Plan included a steering
committee comprised of 13 community representatives, stakeholder interviews, outreach programs,
and a series of scheduled public meetings. The goal of this project was to create a comprehensive
document illustrating and defining the development and improvement of new and existing trails. This
planning document is designed to be used by local agencies and governments to provide overall
guidance to system development.
The Master Plan contains cost estimates which may be funded from a variety of sources, including
grant programs, private fundraising, and governmental funding mechanisms. Thus far, the City of
Leesburg has committed $200,000 a year (general fund) for the next 10 years for trail development
(as included in our current Capital Improvement Plan). Additionally, the City will be reimbursed
for the purchase of the Platt Farms and Shore Acres Estates properties in the amount of $1.3 million
through the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) grant. It is anticipated that the City will reinvest
these funds into additional trail right-of-way or improvements.
view the Master Plan