What is a Greenway?The "Short" Definition?
A Greenway is defined as: "...a linear space established along a natural corridor, such as a riverfront, stream valley, or ridge line, or over land along a railroad right-of-way converted to recreational use, a canal, a scenic road, or other route; any natural or landscaped course for pedestrian or bicycle passage; an open space connector linking parks, nature reserves, cultural features, or historic sites with each other and populated areas; or a local strip or linear park designated as a parkway or greenbelt." (Florida Statute Chapter 260, Section 13)
Greenways come in many forms-forest corridors, waterways, working landscapes, recreational trails, ranging from pristine natural areas to landscapes transformed by human development.
What about Trails?
Trails are often located within a Greenway. Trails are defined as..."linear corridors and their adjacent land or water that provide access for recreation or authorized alternative modes of transportation." (Florida Statute Chapter 260, Section 13) Trails located in Greenways can expand recreational and cultural opportunities. Compatible recreational and cultural opportunities should be actively prompted to encourage maximum usage with due consideration for environmental and archaeological sensitivity.