A shout out to the Miami River Commission for providing RTC with this great first-person (first-trail) Q&A "with" the Miami River Greenway.
This 10-mile scenic rail-trail-currently in development-is connecting the incredible neighborhoods, businesses and cultural attractions around the waterway and helping to transform Miami.
Name and Specialty?
I am the Miami River Greenway, a public pedestrian and bicycle trail along the historic Miami River. My trail is a "riverwalk" directly along the shoreline, wherever feasible, and then continues around neighborhoods and marine industrial businesses as an "on-road greenway."
My pathways feature landscaping, way-finding signs, historical markers, information kiosks, art installations, decorative lighting, benches and other great amenities for residents, commuters and tourists!
How did you come about?
The City of Miami, Miami-Dade County and Miami River Commission adopted my Miami River Greenway Action Plan in 2001.
I appreciate the generous cost-share funding provided by the U.S. Congress, Florida Legislature, Florida Inland Navigation District, South Florida Water Management District, Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, Downtown Development Authority, Miami River Commission and private sector to construct more than half of my planned 10-mile length.
What makes you a local gem?
My public pathway links Miami's diverse multicultural neighborhoods, including Downtown, Little Havana, Overtown, Spring Garden, Durham Park, Grove Park and Allapattah to the Miami River and its marinas, as well as nine major public parks, 10,000-plus residences, 17 restaurants and more than a dozen historical sites. My south shore trailhead is the 2,000-year-old Miami Circle Park, a designated National Historic Landmark.
How are you helping to boost the health and economy of your region?
My greenway provides needed safe infrastructure for residents to bike and walk to work, enjoy recreational activities, shop and get around. This helps reduce traffic congestion in Miami's urban core while saving gasoline and reducing air pollution.
Exercising along my greenway improves the physical and mental health of my users. I even have a public community vegetable and fruit garden where volunteers may take home free, fresh healthy produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, gandule beans and basil.
I love to see residents and tourists mingling, socializing, exercising, gardening, holding hands and kissing along my public shorelines!
In 2013, another five sections of my trail were constructed by the public and private sectors. I'm looking forward to this year's construction ofanother three sections of my Miami River Greenway.
I'm excited also that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recently pledged to assist continued efforts to finish my construction.
I look forward to my completion so that the many sections of my public greenway will be connected and continuously flowing like the wonderful Miami River.