The City of Mount Dora has been proactive over the past few years to advance trails within and surrounding the City. The list of studies, plans, and funding requests include:
- Completion of PD&E study in 2017 for segment 1 of the Wekiva Trail extension
- Lake County update of Trails Master plan in 2018
- Completion of the Wolf Branch Innovation District plan that recommends a trail network within the 825 acre designated employment center - December 2019
- City request to FDEP to include the Wekiva Trail extension in the Florida Greenways System Plan as a priority trail in the SunTrail network - February 2020
- FDOT construction of over 12 miles of trails included with the Wekiva Parkway improvements - completion end of 2021
- Coordination with City of Tavares and FDOT on the Tav Dora Trail feasibility study - 2019/2020
- City conducting trails corridor study in conjunction with the Lake Sumter MPO to determine feasibility of the Innovation Trail - January 2020
- Submittal of Federal BUILD grant application in cooperation with Lake County and City of Tavares for Segments 1 and 5 of the Wekiva Trail extension - May 2020
- Completion of the Innovation Trail Corridor Planning Study - December 2020
- Re-submittal of of Federal BUILD grant application in cooperation with Lake County and City of Tavares for Segments 1 and 5 of the Wekiva Trail extension - April 2021
The City of Mount Dora and Lake County have been working towards making the Wekiva Regional Trail a reality since its initial alignment was first identified in the 2005 Lake County Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The current status of various segments are identified on the map below.
Wekiva Trail Extension
- Requires purchase of the existing active railroad corridor from Regional 3i and the abandonment of this underused rail corridor
- Segment not currently funded for design or construction
- In early 2020, Mount Dora, Tavares, and Lake County together requested that FDOT and FDEP amend the Florida Greenways System Plan to designate this project a priority trail in the SUNTrail trail network
Wekiva Trail Network Connectivity
In conjunction with the City of Mount Dora and the City of Tavares, Lake County applied for a $25 million Federal BUILD Grant to compete for funding for the planned Wekiva Trail Extension (segments 1 and 5) project. The City of Mount Dora formed an alliance with Lake County and the City of Tavares to advance this rails to trails project and will share operational and maintenance costs once a trail is constructed in the rail corridor if the grant is authorized.
This corridor planning study, completed in December 2020, identified and evaluated alignment alternatives for a new multi-use trail connecting the Tremain Street Greenway in the City of Mount Dora and County Road 437 (Plymouth Sorrento Road) in Lake County within the identified Innovation Trail study area.
The purpose of the project is to provide local bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between planned developments in Lake County, Mount Dora, and downtown Mount Dora to the regional trail network. Recommendations from this study may be carried forward into a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study.
With the completion of the Wekiva Trail, this project will complete a trail loop serving the greater Mount Dora area, consistent with the vision of the East Ridge Loop connector trail. It could also serve as an alternate east-west regional trail connection in the interim to (or in lieu of) the completion of the Wekiva Trail between Tremain St and CR 437.