Naples Pathways Coalition announced London Bay has signed on as a multiyear lead sponsor to support the organization’s work to create safe, walkable and bikeable communities and develop the Paradise Coast Trail.
“London Bay has been a faithful supporter of our mission for years. We are so grateful for their commitment to take the lead role in sponsoring our work to protect and provide for vulnerable road users,” said Michelle Avola, Naples Pathways Coalition executive director. “Mark Wilson understands the importance of the Paradise Coast Trail and how it will add to the quality of life for Collier residents, increase property values, and stabilize the tourism industry by diversifying outdoor activities for visitors.”
Naples Pathways Coalition introduced its vision to build a premier 70+ mile trail built exclusively for safe and enjoyable walking, running and biking in 2018. In addition to improving safety and expanding transportation options, the trail will improve the health and wellness of the community. The project has been named a Priority Trail by partner Rails to Trails Conservancy for its transformative impact on the community. In addition to increasing property values and providing another draw to the area for tourism, the economic benefits of the Paradise Coast Trail are expected to include directly creating 400+ jobs.
“The decision to support the Naples Pathways Coalition and the Paradise Coast Trail initiative was an easy one,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay. “Their mission underscores the importance of healthy living — a hallmark embraced as part of our vision of creating unparalleled lifestyles realized through inspirational home designs that emphasize a commitment to personal service, continued innovation, and premier quality. The new trail will create lasting value for our community and further elevate the region as one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S.”
One of Southwest Florida’s leading developers, London Bay was the first homebuilder in the region designated as a Blue zones project approved worksite.
Naples Pathways Coalition recently selected Kimley-Horn and Associates to conduct a feasibility study for the 70-mile corridor as well as environmental reviews of two priority segments that will be identified through the study. Work is expected to begin before June and conclude within 15 months.