Tour De Palm Coast
July 25, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Tour de Palm Coast! In years past, the tour was always completed as a group at a set time - this year, you can complete the route at your own time and pace or participate completely virtually, by watching a video of the route - it's up to you!
The 2020 Tour de Palm Coast features the north side of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation Turtle Trail, starting at the Community Center. The Turtle Trail is comprised of 4 turtles that are hand-painted, each with a unique theme, inspired by the work of different, well-known artists.
This year's route is just over 9 miles, but don't worry, it's at your own pace! Please make sure to bring water and wear sunscreen and a helmet.
Turtle Stop 1
The first stop on the Turtle Trail is The Palm Coast Historical Society, located in James F. Holland Memorial Park. James F. Holland Memorial Park offers 26 acres of diverse recreational amenities. A 3/4-mile walking trail, a unique playground themed after the Bulow Plantation Sugar, the home to the Palm Coast Historical Society headquarters where you can learn more about the history of Palm Coast, and 1.5 acres Dog Park. The park boasts numerous sports fields for a multitude of sports.
Holland Park is home to Garfield. No, not the lasagna loving cat, but the Turtle with the original Palm Coast mascot of the orange feline painted on its shell. The painting is inspired by the early marketing-mascot that ITT used on billboards, parades, and other advertising promotions. Garfield represents all who love to live, work, and play in Palm Coast! Unfortunately, Garfield is currently in quarantine, so he will not be available for viewing. We encourage you to visit the park and check out the construction progress, the new bocce ball courts, and beautiful grounds.
Turtle Stop 2
The second stop on the tour is Long Creek Nature Preserve. The nine-acre preserve provides fishing and kayak/canoe access to both Long Creek and College Waterway, as well as a tranquil area for walking and enjoying the outdoors. The property is a major archaeological resource, the Hernandez Landing Site, related to the early 1800s Plantation Period in Florida. The preserve is connected to the 225-acre Long Creek Basin and Palm Coast's saltwater canal system. Its natural beauty serves as a living laboratory for environmental education programs, including for the Children Helping in Resource Protection - or CHIRP - program, offered by the City for Flagler schoolchildren.
Here, you will meet Tiff the Turtle. Tiff is a loggerhead turtle, inspired by Art-Nouveau American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. He was dedicated on October 23, 2019. Ormond Beach artist Ron Lace was chosen for the project because of his ability to paint with the look of “stained glass” as was Tiffany’s claim to fame. Ron Lace stated, “My inspiration came from the beautiful egrets and herons that are so prevalent in our area and my design idea was to use this subject, along with the turtle, to create both a mosaic and stained-glass effect that characterized the work of Tiffany.”
Turtle Stop 3
Our third turtle stop is just past Waterfront Park. As you bike through the park, we encourage you to enjoy its serene beauty, as it delivers a unique experience for visitors to enjoy the Intracoastal Waterway. The 20-acre park's amenities include family picnic pavilions, a playground, fishing pier, and trails that provide the linkage to the City's entire system. Visitors will often see manatees and dolphins while strolling along the Intracoastal Waterway Trail.
Right outside of Waterfront Park lives Quilty the Turtle. Inspired by the works of 1700’s quilt artist Bettie White, Quilty was painted by Bettie Eubanks, the first female artist to paint one of the sculptures. Quilty was sponsored by Pat and Bill Verhagen, owners of the Cut Up and Sew quilt shop in City Market Place, and by Innovative Financial Solutions. You can find Quilty if you continue the route to Colbert Lane on the right side, nestled in the sand.
Turtle Stop 4
The final stop on this tour is the Palm Coast Community Center. The Palm Coast Community Center is the hub for Parks & Recreation administrative offices, as well as recreation programs and activities. It has three large meeting/party rooms, a small meeting room, an attractive lobby, and two kitchens. Outside features a playground and basketball court. It is also the trailhead for St. Joe Walkway, which connects the Community Center to Linear Park.
Here you will meet the most recent addition to the turtle family, Vincent! Sponsored by Palm Coast residents Dave and Patti Paukovich, Vincent was inspired by one of Vincent Willem van Gogh's more than 2,100 artworks, Café Terrace at Night (1888), which is beautifully reproduced by artist Janice C. Jackson. The warmth and texture used in the painting of Vincent will make you think of family and community.
Palm Coast, FL 32137