Palmetto, Florida investing millions to revitalize parks and waterfront trails

By 2021, Palmetto, Florida will have undergone a transformation that could make it a desirable destination point for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to millions of dollars in grants being put toward major revitalization efforts of its waterfront and parks.

Palmetto officials have been busy partnering with federal and state agencies, garnering millions of dollars in grants as they pursue their goal to transform Palmetto into a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

In the past five years, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has been awarded funds to revitalize and rebuild the boat ramp area of Riverside Drive Park West, with more work scheduled to reconstruct existing facilities into a bait shop, retail and concession area.

Continued boat ramp improvements include a boardwalk that will extend toward the Manatee River over the existing mangrove shoreline for outstanding views.

The CRA also was awarded $1 million from the Florida Department of Transportation to construct a multi-modal trail from the Green Bridge down Riverside Drive West to 10th Avenue as the first phase of a walking and biking trail that will eventually connect every city in the park.

This is a game changer for Palmetto,” said Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.

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