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The 1.3-mile path for bikes, joggers and pets should be done by early October

DAVIS ISLANDS - Residents will have a neighborhood trail for walking, pedaling, and jogging by early October - weather permitting. The target completion date is Oct. 3. "The problem has been the rain," said Laurie Potier-Brown, a landscape architect and planner with Tampa's parks and recreation department. "We're still shooting for it (Oct. 3)." The 10-foot-wide asphalt trail will cover 1.3 miles from Channel Drive and Davis Boulevard to the parking lot at Peter O. Knight Airport. Near the airport the trail crosses the boulevard and follows a sea wall, providing views of the waterfront and seaplane basin.
Walkers, joggers, bicyclists and dogs will be allowed on the pathway. People may relax on benches, park bikes on racks, toss litter into trash bins, enjoy shade trees and quench their thirst at water fountains designed for people and pets. Funding came from $1 million donated by Tampa General Hospital in 2005 in return for leasing nearly a half-acre of Marjorie Park for a 1,400-space garage built in 2007. The trail cost less than that amount -- about $634,000 -- including trees, furnishings and relocation of utility poles. The remaining money is available for other community projects. Potier-Brown said a trail was Davis Islands residents' priority for their neighborhood. City officials provided plans for the pathway in 2007. The project met with delays in part based on negotiations for an easement agreement with the Hillsborough Aviation Authority, which controls rights of way along the airport's perimeter. Construction began in April.

Reporter Kathy Steele can be reached at (813) 259-7652.

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