The City of St. Cloud kicked off the grand opening of its Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail on Saturday morning at Lakeshore Blvd, with runners, walkers, and “trotters” making their way along the new trail, culminating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9th Street.

St. Cloud City Manager Veronica Miller expressed her enthusiasm during the ribbon cutting, “We are so excited to have everyone here today for the ribbon cutting of the Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail. The trail meanders down the median with the landscaping, shade, park benches, and lighting that you all saw today. What a beautiful addition it is to the city.”

Construction of the trail began in July 2023, costing $2.3 million, funded by mobility fees. The event was well attended, with 100 Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail shirts handed out to attendees.

Florida Avenue Trail
Florida Avenue Trail
Florida Avenue Trail
Florida Avenue Trail
Florida Avenue Trail
Florida Avenue Trail

The ceremony featured remarks from city officials, including Mayor Nathan Blackwell, who emphasized the trail’s role in enhancing the community’s recreational opportunities. “Many of you took the opportunity to get a first-hand look and experience of this beautiful trail by participating in our Trail Trot, for me it was a walk. The trail was designed to connect our beautiful lakefront with our growing downtown district. It provides ample shade, beautiful trees, lovely landscaping, park benches, and this trail is certainly going to be an asset that our residents will enjoy and take use of for years to come,” he said.

In attendance were St. Cloud Council members Ken Gilbert, Linette Matheny, and Kolby Urban. Council Member Shawn Fletcher was unable to attend. State Representative Paul Stark, St. Cloud Chamber President and CEO Dirk Webb, City Mascot Sami the Sandhill Crane, and Swish, the Osceola Magic Mascot, also showed their support by attending the event.

The Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail, featuring an 8-foot pathway, landscaping, and seating areas, connects the city’s lakefront to the downtown district, offering residents a scenic and practical route for recreation and transit.

For more information about the trail and other city initiatives, please visit the City of St. Cloud’s official website.