PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY MORE TRAIL FOR BIKING — West Volusia representatives smile for a photo at the ribbon-cutting for a newly finished section of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop in DeBary. From left are DeBary Mayor Karen Chasez, West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority Executive Director Georgia Turner, DeBary Vice Mayor Phyllis Butlien, DeBary City Manager Carmen Rosamonda, Communications Director Shari Simmans and District 1 County Council Member Barb Girtman.

Local trails enthusiasts celebrated the grand opening of a new portion of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Jan. 21.

The new portion of the trail is a 2.9-mile stretch of paved trail from Benson Junction Road to West Highbanks Road at Rob Sullivan Park in DeBary. The Spring-to-Spring Trail, a paved portion of the River-to-Sea Loop connecting West Volusia’s springs, now runs 23.9 miles.

St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance President Maggie Ardito is excited about the prospects the trail offers.

“Except for a short section along Donald E. Smith Blvd. in DeBary, the Loop is now complete from Lake Beresford Park in DeLand to Titusville and Edgewater,” she said. “This paves the way for multiday all-trail tours with stops at Orange City, DeBary, Sanford, Edgewater and Titusville, and more distant points in Seminole, Lake and Orange county.”

The opening of this segment is just one part of the City of DeBary’s commitment to multimodal trails connecting DeBary to the rest of the state trail system, Mayor Karen Chasez told The Beacon.

“DeBary’s emphasis on trails is strong and this is one major milestone achievement on having this entire city connected with trails,” Chasez said.

When the last portions of the trail are completed, the paved bike trail will run 27.2 miles, connecting DeLeon Springs all the way to Green Springs Park in Deltona.

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