Published: Nov 14, 2012 6:20 PM EST
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 6:36 PM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Powell Creek Preserve off Hart Road in North Fort Myers has a new walking trail now open, but the project is not complete just yet.

Through Conservation 20/20, the county used some of your tax dollars for a filtration project for cleaner water in Powell Creek and new walking trails along with it.

The total project cost was about $1.8 million, but after grants and other funds, the tax-payer contribution was about one million dollars.

Ike Zeitler, who lives right near the preserve, says it was tax money well spent.

"You gotta have stuff like this to preserve places for wildlife," he says. 

He visited the area for the first time today since the new walking trail opened up. The gate is open but a sign says, 'we still have work to do.' Zeitler is looking forward to the additions down the road, with new benches and signs.

"Whatever they do here to improve will be a good improvement I'm sure, because they did a nice job of what they got done here. It'll be nice when they get some benches and some stations where you can walk along and sit down and rest and enjoy the wildlife."

In the Forest Park neighborhood next door, Becky Conrad has some concerns. She says,  "made it kinda nice for the homeless. Nicer place for them to live. I wonder about the water they have drained from the ground over there. We may be getting some erosion in the land through here."

The county says the project was completed on time, even though they are still making some additions to the area. They expect to install benches in the next few weeks, and signs within the next month.