Last week was a big week for parks in Miami-Dade with improvements to Paciencia Park in South Miami, and the grand opening of Ignrahm Park in Coral Gables.
A sidewalk was installed in Paciencia Park in South Miami by Miami-Dade Transit that connects the sidewalk to South Miami Station will help encourage safe and convenient walking and biking to transit. Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), along with Citizens for a Better South Florida also planted 8 trees and installed two park benches. We spoke to several commuters at the Park who were very happy to see the trail constructed and confirmed that it would make their daily commutes easier.
We commend Miami-Dade Transit and the City of South Miami for this initiative, and hope that similar improvements can be made all along the M-Path.
In Coral Gables, the city inaugurated the redesigned Ingraham Park, at the intersection of Ingraham Highway and Le Jeune Road. The park is the last of a three phase project that also included the construction of the shared-path bridge over the CG waterway, connecting the Commodore Trail project to the Old Cutler Trail. The newly redesigned park has misting machines, fitness equipment, and multiple benches. The City will also be connecting the park to the sidewalk on Edgewater Drive in an upcoming project, closing an important gap in the Commodore Trail.
Sunday, May 18 – Marking the Millennium Start with a guided tour of the Coral Gables Museum’s newest exhibit “Marking the Millennium: 21st century Miami Architecture,” which highlights the most fascinating Miami buildings post-2000. Then, embark on a city bike tour to visit some of the newest additions to our cityscape and witness the latest architectural trends in Coral Gables.
We could not have had better weather or more enthusiastic volunteers than we did for the inaugural Gables Bike Day on Sunday. Public participation was truly gratifying. Cyclists of all ages and descriptions turned out along Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Boulevard with their own machines or ones they borrowed from sponsors Deco Bike, Mack Cycle and Fitness, or No Boundaries.
There were many, many walkers enjoying the community event, too, and the Coral Gables police were notably efficient in keeping cars out of the way during the event as well as the setup and cleanup. We owe great thanks for Robert Ruano’s vision in starting the ball rolling, for Coral Gables Rotary president Deborah Swain and husband John’s strong support, and the scores of helpers who came to the project through Rotary, Emerge Miami, Volunteer Match, and the SHAPE Club at Ronald Reagan Senior High School. We have photos you can enjoy at Facebook (share comments, please) and at Flickr. Also a set at Flickr from member Greg Hamra. Yours would be welcome, too.
Improving walking, bicycling, and living in Miami, Florida