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LAKELAND, FL (December 6, 2021) – The City of Lakeland and the Florida Department of Transportation, District 1 (FDOT) are asking for public input regarding the proposed Tenoroc Trail Segment 1.  The community can virtually review the information by visiting www.lakelandgov.net/tenoroctrail. The public is asked to provide feedback and ask the team questions by submitting an email to info@lakelandgov.net.  Public comment deadline is set to end on Friday, January 14, 2022. 

The City of Lakeland and FDOT is looking to the community to assist with input and would like to hear from you.

  1. How often do you use non-motorized trails?
  2. Would the addition of this proposed trail interest you?
  3. What are your thoughts on the proposed trail route?
  4. What features would you like to see on the proposed trail?
  5. What if any are you concerns about the proposed trail?

The purposed Tenoroc Trail Segment 1 study is to provide a safe, non-motorized, multi-use trail that will also address an existing gap in the regional trail network between Lakeland and Auburndale/Polk City. Additionally, the trail will help achieve local goals for quality of life and active mobility improvements. Segment 1 is part of the larger Tenoroc Trail network proposed in the area. The proposed trail is funded through local, state, and federal sources.

The project objectives include:

  1. Connect Polk County’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex and Lake Crago Park.
  2. Provide significant regional resource.
  3. Become part of the statewide greenways and trails system.
  4. Design 12’ wide multi-use asphalt path.
  5. Include trailheads.

Ryan Lazenby, Civil Engineer Manager for the City of Lakeland said, “The proposed new multi-use trail will be an up to 12-foot-wide asphalt path approximately 2.4 miles in length. The trail will extend from east of the Lake Crago Drive Bridge through Lake Crago Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Tenoroc Public Use Area and turn north to end at the intersection of SR 33 and Old Combee Road.”  He added, “There are many benefits to a robust trail system. Trails make communities more attractive places to live and provide a low or no-cost healthy recreation alternative for families.”

Much of the proposed trail is located within the Tenoroc Fish Management Area. The multi-use trail will generally run along the southern corridor of the existing access road used and maintained by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the City of Lakeland. The proposed multiuse trail is to cross the access road at three points.

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