Why do we need Greenways?
The benefits of Greenways are many and varied. They can protect critical ecological functions and native biological diversity, provide outstanding recreational opportunities, conserve historic and cultural resources, protect working landscapes, and influence urban form. Greenways can also provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, appreciation of natural and cultural features, and opportunities for alternative transportation. Linked landscapes and cultural/historic sites enhance the quality of recreational trail experiences. They can also can provide economic benefits by attracting visitors. Greenway use provides a hands-on opportunity to educate users about the value of preserving native landscapes and cultural/historic sites and helps create awareness and build advocacy for the development and maintenance of Greenways.
Three Major Functions
Connectivity is Important
The Bottom Line
We need Greenways to stay alive, to survive, to be sustainable. Greenways are the Green infrastructure that is necessary to: support our native flora and fauna; sustain clean air and water; and maintain the scenic natural beauty that draws people to visit and settle in St. Lucie County. Greenways create economic prosperity. Greenways will help generate economic activity for St. Lucie businesses and serve as a magnet for tourists and business looking to relocate.