Sanford Riverwalk expansion breaks ground

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SANFORD, Fla. - City leaders broke ground on a multi-million dollar Sanford Riverwalk expansion Tuesday.

The project will add half mile to the stretch that runs along the St. Johns River just north of downtown. It will cost about $4.6 million.

The city has been working on the plan with the Florida Department of Transportation and other agencies.  

The extension, phase two of the Riverwalk project, would extend the Riverwalk to the hospital.

People use the walkway for a variety of activities.

Evelyn Warner said she drives from Winter Springs to fish along the Riverwalk.

"I think it just gives the community a place to be more community," said Warner.

Officials are still working to get funding for phase three that could connect the walk to other counties.

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett and people who spoke with Channel 9's Deneige Broom said that something as simple as the scenic walkway has added a lot to the community.

"We talk so much about the social lifestyle that is Sanford, so I think it's important from that aspect of it," said Triplett.

The first phase, built in 2004, added a scenic walkway along Lake Monroe on the north side of the city. It cost approximately $11 million.