Groundwork Takes First Step to Build the Emerald Necklace

More than 100 years since it was originally envisioned by famed architect Henry Klutho, Groundwork Jacksonville took the first step toward building the Emerald Necklace by engaging Atlanta-based PATH Foundation to develop the Trail Master Plan. The project will not only result in a comprehensive implementation plan for the Emerald Necklace, but will also establish the construction, amenity, signage and wayfinding design standards for future city paths and trails.

When complete, the Emerald Necklace will encompass approximately 19-miles of new trails, greenspace, parks and waterways that encircle the urban core and link at least 14 urban neighborhoods and downtown to Hogans Creek, McCoys Creek, the S-Line Rail Trail and the Northbank and Southbank Riverwalks. 
The $88,200 trail master plan cost is being privately underwritten by a $50,000 donation from JTC Running (JTC), as well as through grants from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Giving Forward Community Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

A steering committee comprised of representatives from funding organizations, city agencies and key neighborhood stakeholders will be appointed by Groundwork Jacksonville to provide input and feedback throughout the six-month plan development.

While this is PATH’s first project in Florida, over the last 26 years the organization has designed and built more than 260 miles of greenway trails in Georgia, including the Atlanta BeltLine and the Island System Trail in St. Simon’s Island.

Take a look at the Emerald Necklace Trail Master Plan 7-24 that was presented at the Public Meeting on July 24.