Councilwoman supports Main Street-Twin Hills Park pedestrian link

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 06:44 PM.

Creating a vibrant, busy corridor between Twin Hills Park and downtown would deter crime and vandalism, she said.

"If you go to Disney World and there was nothing between Main Street U.S.A. and Frontierland, there would be a lot of vandalism and tomfoolery."

Using CRA funds to maximize residents' use of the two areas would be a responsible use of money that by law can only be used on projects to improve the CRA district, Helt said.

"We have a little over a million dollars which is not general fund money," she said. "This is money that is earmarked specifically for the CRA and we have an obligation as the CRA board to utilize that money rather than just letting it sit there. I think as a whole we should develop a strategy and plan and cohesive vision. A lot of these things are not large scale in terms of cost."

Cal Zethmayr, chairman of a Historic Preservation Board committee studying the feasibility of recreating Crestview's original railroad depot as a multi-purpose downtown public facility, praised Helt's concept.

Several components she suggested complement his committee's vision, including the foot link between downtown and Twin Hills Park, he said.

"This isn't a new idea," Zethmayr said. "There's already an asphalt path there. When they built the Amtrak station, they had money left over and built a footpath along the original Yellow River Railroad route. We also wanted to open up the woods to have a picnic area."

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