There’ll be a Community Open House for the River of Grass Greenway, the cross-Florida bike path that’s to run parallel to the Tamiami Trail. Here’s a chance to review concepts, comment on the plans, and stay engaged.
If you can’t make the Miami event, there’s one on the 10th at the City Hall in Everglades City and on the 11th at the Collier County South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. The hours are the same.
Please come to South Miami High School on Nov. 12 to learn about the proposed Ludlam Trail and why the county should reject or demand changes in the current rezoning request by Florida East Coast Industries. Consistent with studies by Miami-Dade parks planners, Friends of the Ludlam Trail envisions a world-class linear park good for both recreation and active personal transportation.
This M-Path bicycle ride features ideas for further developing the popular bike commuter trail into a linear park serving many kinds of recreational interests. You’ll hear from Greenlink sparkplug Meg Daly, county parks planning chief Maria Nardi, and urban designers Eric Katz and Tony Garcia.
On your ride back to Vizcaya you’ll see the M-Path with new eyes. Or, if you’re tired or pressed for time, hop onto Metrorail for a speedy return to our starting point.
Hear UM architecture students’ ideas for improving the M-Path, already the premier bike trail in Greater Miami, by adding amenities and a variety of programming.
New visions for the M-Path, to make Miami’s premier bicycle trail a first-class linear park, will be exhibited June 13-July 11 at the new Miami Center for Architecture and Design. What you’ll see emerged from the work of architecture students at the University of Miami and inspired our new partner organization, Greenlink. After an opening June 13, the exhibit may be seen 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets for the opening and a panel discussion June 20 are available here.
The appropriations bill being wrapped up in the Florida Legislature includes $50 million to complete a 275-mile bikeway from St. Petersburg to Titusville. The money’s for the Coast to Coast Connector, filling seven gaps between several existing trails. Imagine what $50 million could do for the planned Ludlam Trail in Miami’s south suburbs.
Several months ago, when the Office of Greenways and Trails aired its priorities around the state, we asked Jim Wood, who headed the agency at the time, why South Florida had fared so poorly as the state built an impressive series of trails upstate over the past 20 years or so. Each of those existing trails, he pointedly said, has had a local champion — generally an elected official — who led the way to show local authorities and lawmakers the value of the proposal. So the Ludlam needs a champion. Will it be you?
By the way, since Florida has a line-item veto there’s no guarantee the Coast-to-Coast Connector will go through until Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill. The project didn’t appear in the budget he submitted to the Legislature.