Pasco celebrates new Starkey Trail connection | Public Spaces
New Port Richey, Florida -- The Starkey Trail projects that connect Starkey Boulevard and Wilderness Park Road to the trailhead in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park and the Suncoast Trail are now open to pedestrians and cyclists.
There is an eight-foot asphalt Multi-Use Path along the east side of Starkey Boulevard from Alico Pass to Wilderness Park Road, an eight-foot concrete Multi-Use Path on the north side of Wilderness Park Road and a ten-foot asphalt Multi-Use Trail that meanders through the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to the trailhead and Suncoast Trail.
These projects were constructed with funding from the Penny for Pasco Local Option Sales Surtax and will add 2.34 miles of bicycle trails to Pasco County. There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., on the trail, adjacent to the Starkey Environmental Education Center and the Welcome Center Kiosk.
Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be temporarily diverted during the Ribbon Cutting ceremony. During the ceremony, Pasco County will take this opportunity to recognize and remember the contributions of Robert (Bob) J. Tietz, Pasco County Biologist from September 14, 1998 to June 1, 2010, on the trail project through Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.
Bob Tietz was instrumental in developing the alignment, assisting with the design, and securing the permit for this section of the project. In recognizing his contribution and his passion for the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, the County will be placing a plaque adjacent to the bicycle trail, in his memory.