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Building trails at Weeki Wachee Preserve
« on: February 01, 2018, 11:52:46 AM »
Hello! I live in weeki wachee and there is a huge Nature preserve here that has existing paved/unpaved biking trails already, but there is a lot of room for expansion there! There are plenty of hills due to it being an old limestone quarry, but its also very flat and open in areas. The trails are fun and all are surrounded by multiple lakes!I have been biking here for over 10yrs and can map out majority of the park in my head.  My question is, how would i go about contacting someone about maybe building up some trails and maintaining current ones as well?  I figured it would have to be sponsored or in need of a permits. Somebody please help me out here!

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Re: Building trails at Weeki Wachee Preserve
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2018, 01:35:02 PM »
First thing you have to find out who the Land Manager is.
Then, that person can give you the details of what they require from you to be able to do volunteer work on the trails, if they are legal trails, and if you can build more.

Itís all up to the AHJ to tell you.

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Re: Building trails at Weeki Wachee Preserve
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2018, 01:46:06 PM »
And if it is the one I am thinking, good luck. You practically need a permit just to breath the air on Water Management District Land.

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Re: Building trails at Weeki Wachee Preserve
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 01:10:20 PM »
I do believe it belongs to swfwmd. Kinda figured they would own it considering its an old quarry. It's a shame because its a beautiful place.

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Re: Building trails at Weeki Wachee Preserve
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 03:08:12 PM »
I've been to Weeki Wachee Preserve a couple of times, and it could be a great place to build some trails.   Its got plenty of places to build some very scenic green trails, and it's definitely got some mounds and rough areas that could be nice blue/black trails. 

All the Starkey Park Trails were recently built on SWFWMD property, and I believe Balm Boyette is as well, so it is possible.  I met Rudy Miller recently, who was one of the originals that went to battle to get those trails built.  As I recall, he said it took a few years and getting the Starkey Family's political power behind him to get it approved ... but, it is possible.

With biking already being allowed at the Weeki Wachee Preserve, maybe it would be an easier sell?  I don't know where to start, but if there is a group getting together to try to start something there, keep us posted.  I'd help with whatever I have to offer.

 

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