St. Johns County Supports Designation of St. Johns River
as a Paddling Trail or Blueway
St. Johns County, FL. – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted on July 16 to support the St. Johns River Alliance’s initiative to designate the entire St. Johns River as a paddling trail or blueway.
Paddling trails raise environmental awareness, create a sense of place, promote good health through outdoor recreation, boost eco-tourism and encourage young people to experience the outdoors. Recognizing the importance of this significant natural resource, St. Johns County has already designated the St. Johns River as a blueway in the St. Johns County Blueways, Greenways, and Trails Master Plan.
The alliance’s petition to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Office of Greenways and Trails for the designation would help with future State grant applications. The title would not require additional funding at publicly owned boat ramps, launching facilities, or parks along the St. Johns River. For additional information, contact the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department at 904.209.0324.