Tomoka Trail: an extension for future generations

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Sep. 11, 2012

The Tomoka Trail ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the newest addition to Tomoka State Park meant to benefit future generations of Ormond Beach residents.

BY MATT MENCARINI | STAFF WRITER

The new trail extension running from Tomoka State Park’s entrance to Inglesa Avenue was officially opened to the public Saturday, Sept. 8, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Ormond Beach is blessed to have this kind of amenity right in its backdoor,” Robert Carolin, Leisure Services director, said during the ceremony. “And it didn’t just come to be. It came to be with multiple parties.”

Among those groups Carolin cited were the city of Ormond Beach, the Florida Parks Service, Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach Scenic Loop and Trail, the Florida Department of Transportation and West Construction.

“We’re talking about doing it and keeping it this way for future generations,” Ormond Beach Scenic Loop and Trail Chair Joe Jaynes said. “So, we can come out here and enjoy it now, but I want my kids to be able to come out here. It’s really for them. I think that’s the main aspect of this.”

The six-foot-wide trail is paved and handicapped-accessible. It runs through Tomoka State Park adjacent to North Beach Street and Old Dixie Highway, leading to Tomoka State Park.