An illustration of the corridor's trail potential from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's 2004 Trail Assessment Study for the Florida
Power & Light Greenway.
Florida Power & Light Greenway
Collier County, Florida
Collier County Transportation Services Division
Borrelli & Associates Architects & Planners, P.A.;
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.;
Community outreach; Trail Assessment Study
In 2004, Collier County was ripe for trail development. An active, health-conscious population, beautiful weather year-round and a unique and fragile environment made the county ideal for creating "green infrastructure." The Florida Power & Light Greenway Assessment was an initiative of the Collier County Traffic Operations and Alternative Transportation Modes Department in partnership with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). This team was further supported by the firms of Borrelli and Associates and Vanassee Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), which each provided pro bono services to further advance the project.
The proposed Florida Power & Light Greenway (FP&L Greenway) is an enhancement of the existing Florida Power & Light transmission corridor, located in East Naples, to include a 2.9-mile non-motorized trail. In addition to a proposed 12-foot paved surface, the envisioned project includes visual improvements to the corridor through use of landscaping and buffering practices. The vision for the greenway is to create a model project that provides a scenic, enjoyable, safe and healthy outdoor experience for the residents and visitors of Collier County, and that will foster increased coordination between the land use planning efforts of Collier County, local municipalities, private landowners and area residents. The success of this pilot project will help catalyze the larger effort to develop a seamless network of trails and greenways throughout the county.