DELAND, Fla. (June 14, 2018) — The St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance has been awarded a $3,500 grant by local outdoor outfitter REI Winter Park.
The Loop, an emerging 265-mile multi-use Florida SUNtrail from Titusville to DeBary to Palatka to St. Augustine and along the Atlantic coast to Titusville, is an undiscovered central Florida ecotourism jewel.
“The project will increase enjoyment and eco-tourism exploration of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance and kickstart formation of River-to-Sea Nature and History Corridor that highlights little known treasures of Central Florida,” said Maggie Ardito, president of the Alliance.
The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance will use the grant to identify, plan, and initiate improvements to maps and signs that allow trail users safe access to natural and historical sights, campgrounds and recreation opportunities.
Working with Volusia Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, REI, and supporters, the Alliance will hold public meetings and organize volunteers to design and locate maps and signs. The group will also identify infrastructure improvements.
Beginning in West Volusia, the River-to-Sea Nature and History Corridor will extend to other areas around the Loop.
The St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance (http://sjr2c.org), a non-profit group, is dedicated to supporting, advocating and advancing the Loop, eco-tourism and agriculture-tourism in Central Florida.
“We support the idea that with the right knowledge and equipment anyone of any age or physical condition can enjoy cycling, hiking and other trail usage,” said Pat Northey, board member and Loop advocate.
REI Inc. (http://rei.com) is a national co-op outdoor retailer that supports nonprofit organizations that nurture and create access to outdoor spaces.
“REI shares the Alliance goal of inspiring a lifetime of outdoor adventures and stewardship” said Ana Tapia, REI’s Winter Park Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator.
People interested in the Loop can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.