When longtime neighborhood revitalization leader Kay Ehas joined the Groundwork Jacksonville as its new CEO at the end of September, implementing a detailed masterplan for the revitalization of the Emerald Necklace project was at the top of her list.
Now, plans have been announced. Groundwork Jacksonville engaged the Atlanta-based PATH foundation to develop the trail’s master plan. When it’s done, the Emerald Necklace will connect the 14 miles of trails, parks and waterways that surround the urban core and link at least 14 neighborhoods.
Ehas said that the Necklace has the potential to provide “significant social and economic benefits” for a variety of areas including healthy lifestyle and public safety.