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Blanchard Park and Little Econ Greenway – East Orlando’s Hidden Gem

If you have recently moved, or are planning to move to East Orlando you very likely may not be aware of the winding trailway through nature that is known to many of the locals as (Jay) Blanchard Park and the Little Econ Greenway.

Little Econ Greenway Orlando FLThis park and trail combination is great for families, children, athletes and nearly anyone. Whether you enjoy walking, running, biking, skating, nature sighting, canoeing, picnicking and more, this park and trailway has it all when it comes to activities and nature.

(Jay) Blanchard Park, located at 2451 North Dean Road, Orlando, FL 32817, features gated tennis courts, covered playgrounds for the little ones, soccer fields, basketball courts and plenty of covered pavilions for picnics and other functions.
Little Econ Greenway Orlando FL

The Little Econ Greenway is the trail which features riverside recreation, picnicking, wildlife watching and even canoe trails. Click here to visit the trail’s web site or to access a link to the PDF brochure with plenty of detailed information.

Parking is located at (Jay) Blanchard Park, the Econ Soccer Complex (click here for more information about Central Florida soccer clubs), Arcadia Acres and off of Harrel Road on the north side of Colonial Drive (SR 50) and just east of Goldenrod Road.

Rabbit at the Little Econ Greenway Orlando FLThe trail literally winds for miles along the Little Econ River, where wildlife sightings are nearly guaranteed (Ospreys, Red-Shouldered Hawks, turtles, etc). You should be warned, however, that this winding river is also home to alligators. Although your odds of spotting one are relatively low, the trail management still provides precautionary recommendations, for example: no swimming, no feeding the animals or playing along the water’s edge and keeping animals on leashes, as a friendly reminder of with whom we share this delightful trail :)

Little Econ Greenway Orlando FL

The Little Econ Greenway will eventually link to the University of Central Florida (www.ucf.edu) and continue north to the Cross Seminole Trail through Oviedo and back to Blanchard Park. There are also plans to extend the western terminus of the trail to the Cady Way Trail at Lake Baldwin. The Little Econ Greenway is composed of a 14 foot wide paved surface that extends 7.9 miles from Alafaya Trail to Forsyth Road.

Blanchard Park Orlando YMCAEach month approximately 50,000 people enjoy the Little Econ Greenway and Blanchard Park which open at sunrise and close at sunset. One of the most popular trail heads is located just off of Rouse Road, next to the Blanchard Park YMCA. If you are looking to join a local gym, the “Y” is always a good choice. There are plenty of youth and adult programs and group exercise classes at this gym, including cycling, yoga, water fitness and a multitude of child development sessions. Plus, if you’re a “Y” member, this is a great place to cool off after a run on the trail in the Olympic size lap pool, or with a smoothie from the Tropical Smoothie stand just inside the facility.

Blanchard Park YMCA Pool

No matter what your lifestyle, between Blanchard Park, the Little Econ Greenway and the Blanchard Park YMCA, you’re all set for a satisfying “East Side” experience.

Article by Melanie Teel

Homes for Sale by Blanchard Park and Little Econ Trail

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,561 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,955 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,702 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,371 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,245 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,457 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 1
  4. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,965 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,517 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  5. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,137 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,173 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 2
  6. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,059 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  7. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,038 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,724 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  8. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,470 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,578 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,003 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,482 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,280 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,547 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5
  11. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,409 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.52 ac
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 8
  12. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,454 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,124 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 9
  13. 10 beds, 8 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 7,315 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,948 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 12
    Days on market: 11
  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 988 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,947 sqft
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 16
  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,348 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,017 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 17
  16. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,848 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,618 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 19
  17. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,518 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,210 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 21
  18. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 3,168 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,183 sqft
    Year built: 1984
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 23
  19. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 990 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,248 sqft
    Year built: 1983
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 26
  20. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 858 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,513 sqft
    Year built: 1984
    Days on market: 30
  21. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,732 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.25 ac
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 34
  22. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,984 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,868 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 36
  23. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,293 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,048 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 37
  24. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,174 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.60 ac
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 46
  25. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,602 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,199 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 56

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(all data current as of 5/27/2017)

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