“We couldn’t be more proud to have been chosen as the first Trail Town. Our downtown has thrived around the trail and attracted folks from all ages and abilities. We like to think of the trail as the main artery of our community.” Julie Ward Bujalski, Mayor, City of Dunedin
The Florida Trail Town Program
When you walk the streets of downtown Dunedin, you see a multitude of bike shops, bustling inns, busy cafes and humming businesses. The downtown area is also filled with joggers, bikers, in-line skaters and leisurely walkers, all perusing local businesses and enjoying coastal scenery. Much of the excitement and vitality in Dunedin comes from the Pinellas Trail, which runs through town on an abandoned CSX railroad corridor. The multiuse trail stretches from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs.
The trail offers the community a safe and convenient means of getting to work, schools, parks and shopping. The trail is both an attraction for tourists and an economic asset for the community.
Thanks to the Pinellas Trail, downtown Dunedin’s business occupancy rate rose from 30 percent to 100 percent. There is now a waiting list for available retail space. Find out why Dunedin was chosen as Florida's inaugural trail town by clicking on the links below.
The Office of Greenways and Trails has developed a Florida Trail Town program in cooperation with community partners from around the state. A main goal of the Trail Town program is to promote community involvement and citizen pride in community resources. Should your community desire to become a Florida Trail Town, start with the community self-assessment and questionnaire or contact the Office of Greenways and Trails.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.