Dignitaries and city staff gathered on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the new Osceola Trak.
The Ocala Chamber and Economic Partnership hosted the ribbon cutting, with Ocala City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Musleh cutting the ribbon. The new path connects the Tuscawilla Art Park with downtown Ocala via a multimodal pathway. The path will have portions dedicated solely to pedestrian use, while other portions will be authorized for multi-modal travel.
Construction on the multi-modal system began just over two years ago in October 2017.
Musleh heralded the path as a great addition to the downtown city landscape that makes all of the restaurants and businesses a short walk away. City staff predicts that private investment over the coming months and years will help the trak become an important addition to the city’s growth.
The newly completed project, which received over $1.2 million from the Florida Department of Transportation, provides wider, well-lit pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular lanes that stretch from the park and its art offerings, located at 213 NE 5th Street, to the downtown market that sits adjacent to the Ocala Chamber and Economic Partnership at 310 SE 3rd St.
Earlier this month, the city issued a press release to remind residents that parking is prohibited on and adjacent to the sidewalks along Osceola Trak.
Owners of vehicles found in violation of the ordinance will receive a verbal warning by the parking management team followed by a $25 parking citation for repeat offenders. If vehicles are found abandoned or with no drivers, the citation will be issued immediately.
For more information on this and other projects, visit the City of Ocala website.