FELLSMERE ― The city of Fellsmere is applying for a $200,000 grant from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program for improvements to the Trailhead Preserve. The grant funds would be combined with $300,000 from the federal American Rescue Plan to fully fund the $500,000 project.

The Trailhead Preserve is located northwest of the I95 and CR512 interchange. There is a welcome center at 11200 CR512, just east of the entrance to the preserve itself at 11090 CR512.

The Trans Florida Central Rail Trail can also be accessed from this 86-acre park that was acquired in 2008 in partnership with the Florida Communities Trust and Indian River County.

Amenities and activities include bicycling, birding, hiking, mountain biking, a picnic area and playground, Braille signage, handicapped parking, and ramps.

According to a memo submitted by City Manager Mark Mathes to the Fellsmere City Council, “Funds from the Recreation Development Assistance Program may be used for a variety of activities including baseball fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, picnic facilities, concession stands, and other support facilities. The city wishes to enhance the existing Trailhead Preserve by completing access and amenities to support the Challenge Course.”

The Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program requires at least a 50% match to the grant funds. By the same resolution authorizing the grant application, the city authorized an expenditure of $300,000 in ARP funds to be available by July 1, 2022.

For more information about the Fellsmere Trailhead Preserve call (772) 646-6316.

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