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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, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,689 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 1
  2. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,391 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Days on market: 1
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,078 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.40 ac
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 2
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,346 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 2
  5. 5 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,866 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Days on market: 3
  6. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,964 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 3
  7. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 3,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,976 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 4
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,207 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 4
  9. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,052 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 7
  10. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,394 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.10 ac
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 7
  11. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 897 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 8
  12. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.83 ac
    Year built: 1995
    Days on market: 9
  13. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,578 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,761 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 9
  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,582 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 9
  15. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 818 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1984
    Days on market: 10
  16. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,738 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 10
  17. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,710 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1986
    Days on market: 11
  18. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,243 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Days on market: 11
  19. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,189 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 14
  20. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,467 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 14
  21. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,148 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,988 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 14
  22. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,785 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 18
  23. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 997 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Days on market: 29
  24. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,860 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 31
  25. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 36

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(all data current as of 7/28/2017)

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