Naples Pathways Coalition


Across the country and across the state, places like Dunedin, Winter Garden and Inverness enjoy extensive, connected multi-modal pathways, but shockingly, Naples does not. The Gordon River Greenway and the Rich King Memorial Greenway are heavily used and very popular with residents and visitors to the area, but they are 4-miles in length or less and are not connected to other safe pathways. The project provides a safe network of multi-modal pathways, making Southwest Florida safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

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The Paradise Coast Trail (PCT) will connect Naples to Bonita Springs, Collier Seminole State Park, Ave Maria and other areas within and beyond Collier County. It will expand transportation options, improve health and wellness, reduce our carbon footprint and provide a destination to experience the Paradise Coast's unique beauty. The PCT will drive quality of life and healthier lifestyles, yield economic benefits to the county, increases property values, and enable greater safety for walkers, runners, recreational and commuter bicyclists.

We have partnered with Rails to Trails Conservancy and hired consulting firm Kimley-Horn to help us bring this vision to reality. Rails to Trails even selected the Paradise Coast Trail as a Priority Trail. Click here to see their endorsement of the project and read the case study.

The Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted a resolution endorsing the project. NPC applied for a Local Legislative Funding Request for the estimated cost of the study with the encouragement and sponsorship of Senator Kathleen Passidomo. We were thrilled when Governor DeSantis signed this $250,000 funding into the budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year! The Feasibility Study and Environmental Review began in June 2021. You can read the project charter here.

Over the subsequent 12 months, engineers collected and inventoried data, conducted public outreach, and developed an action plan. The Final Pathway Report and Feasibility Study is now complete! This report is now the guide to develop the Paradise Coast Trail. For an easier download, you can click on the Appendix and the Pathway Report separately. 

Many of the miles of the Paradise Coast Trail are tied to road improvement projects or development of new roads in eastern Collier County. We have champions in the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization and Collier County Transportation who understand the importance of this trail. 

The economics of trails are well-documented. Three Central Florida trails were estimated to have a regional economic impact of $42.6 million annually. Greenways, sidewalks, and bicycle facility construction create 17 jobs for every $1 million spent, which has a more substantial employment impact than any other type of transportation facility.

NPC has been working diligently to fast-track the trail's development and not wait on the typical improvement project time frame. We successfully shaved five years from the planning process through our fundraising and the Legislative Funding Request. We are grateful to Collier County and the City of Naples for contributing to the required $100,000 Local Match, demonstrating broad community support for the PCT.

We understand that just about all State and Federal funding opportunities require local matching funds. To avoid missing out on any possible money coming to our area, we will continue fundraising to assist with local match requirements and move this project along faster than the norm.

We invite you donate today so we can all be walking, running and biking on the Paradise Coast Trail in our lifetime, and leave it for future generations to enjoy!

While the official public comment period has concluded, the PCT Virtual Open House is still available to provide information about the proposed trail. Click this link to visit the virtual meeting room and see all the presentation materials. 

Check out the great press the Paradise Coast Trail has been receiving:

NPC would like to acknowledge all of our incredible donors who are helping us to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County and supporting the efforts to fast track the 70+ mile Paradise Coast Trail!

Watch the WINK News story from January 24, 2022.


   

                           Founders Contributors
                  
Norbert Frischkorn
Richard Housh
Craig Manchen
Rick Lipman
Rick Fernandes
Eijk Van Otterloo
Jeff Diermeier
James Todd
Whitney Ward
Jim Gula
Gold Contributors 

Roland & Kimberly Odenwald
Susan Sonnenschein
Dave Darrah
Teddy Wallingford
Fred Rice
Christina Kabbash
Jim Kuczinski
John Henry
Richard Napier
Michael Petrocelli
John & Valerie Klosterman
Susan Sonnenschein
Eric Fayard
Suzanne Sensabaugh
Dave Darrah
Richard Napier
Michael Petrocelli
John & Valerie Klosterman
Marty Adams
Chris Lissner
Maureen Bonness
Merril and Chris Noble
William Ale
David A Corban
Doug Boynton
Tom Rollins
Andrea Foisy
Anita Wright
Valerie & John Klosterman
Pete Burke
Kenneth Ransby
Catherine Faerber
Eric Fayard
Mark Slack
Timothy McNamara
John Henry
Salvatore Marici
Donald Rupprecht
Lorraine Schapiro
Jurate Blaziunaite
Rand Franklin


Contributors

Candis Powell
Kathy Urban
Peter Bloom
James Sykora
Vince Siciliano
Steve Gunther
Ellen C Croibier
August & Jane Buenz
Diane & Michael Fleisher
John F Healy
Maier Goldberg
Louis Erickson
Paul Dyon
Pieter Van Dien
Cynthia M Dreyfus
Gregory Guliani
Reem Jishi
Daniel Dungan
James Sykora
Tamika Seaton
Von Laudermilch
Laura Dumouchel
Bonita Bay Bike Club







Platinum Contributors    

Patrick Neale
Jean Heuschen
Jeffery Lofgren
Todd &Vicki McGregor 
Cathy Faerber/ Mark Slack
Lowe II Foundation

Robert Vigorito


Silver Contributors 
Andrew Blazar
Nat Smith
Joanne Leary
Liz Feit
Norman Thompson
Doug Boynton
Ric Christian
Victor Buzz
Dominic Salomone
Barbara Glicken
Art Mattson
Betty Wilson
Barbara Williams
Lana Kupferschmid
Lee Woodward
Don Pouliot
Andrew Blazar
Nat Smith
James and Anita Kaylor
Larry Smith
John and Joanne Flaherty
Dolores Schoenick 
Rebecca Meath
Patricia Bruneel
Bill Quincy
Timothy McNamara
Richard and Carol Clapp
Bill Quincy
Mike and Dianne Shanley
Frazier Gardella
Janet Kielce
Ellen Elleman
Jody Angevin
Jake McGarry
Syd Horsfield
Martha Gould
Gretchen Sherman
Barbara Williams
Ruth Andrea
Mike and Linda Kane
East Naples Cycling Group
Ralph MacNiven
Teddy Wallingford
Paul Faganel
Stephen Maus
Edward Able
Melvyn Zahn
L. Harrison Bernbaum
Bikes For Tykes
Mark Dillon
William Bolinder
Delores Schoeneck Trust
Ted Blankenship
Harvey Cohen
Sundi Faith
Jody Angevin
Mark Marzano
Mitch Bryars
Lee Woodward
Milan DiPierro
Donald Sicks
Jim Shumake
Jennifer Galloway
Jill Gordon
Don Brody
Peter Bloom
Lorraine Schapiro
Michelle Avola-Brown
Helen and Arnold Mintz
David MacDonald
Paul A Benzing
Patricia Greiner
Christopher J. Seffen






Your generous donation will further NPC  goals to fast track the development of the

Paradise Coast Trail while continuing our mission to advocate for the safety of

pedestrians and cyclist in Collier County.

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