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 for segment 1 of the Wekiva Trail extension - 2017
- Lake County update of Trails Master plan - 2018
- Completion of the Wolf Branch Innovation District plan that recommends a trail network within the 850 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
- Coordination with City of Tavares and FDOT on segment 5 (formerly Tav Dora Trail) feasibility study - 2019/2020
- 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
- In conjunction with the Lake Sumter MPO, the City completed the Corridor Planning Study for Innovation Trail - December 2020
- Coordination with City of Tavares and FDOT on segment 5 PD&E study - March 2021
- Re-submittal of of Federal RAISE grant application in cooperation with Lake County and City of Tavares for Segments 1 and 5 of the Wekiva Trail extension - April 2021
- FDOT construction of over 12 miles of trails included with the Wekiva Parkway improvements - completion end of 2021
- Re-submittal of of Federal RAISE grant application in cooperation with Lake County and City of Tavares for Segments 1 and 5 of the Wekiva Trail extension - April 2022
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.
- Requires purchase of the existing active railroad corridor from Regional 3i and the abandonment of this underused rail corridor
- Segments not currently funded for design or construction
- 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 RAISE grant is awarded.
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.