Commissioner Jordan helps break ground for the Snake Creek Trail.
On Monday, Miami-Dade County Commissioners Barbara J. Jordan, Sally A. Heyman and Parks and Open Spaces Deputy Director George Navarrete broke ground on the long-awaited Snake Creek Trail in Northeast Miami-Dade County. A ceremony marking the momentous occasion was held near Sierra Park.
According to Park officials, the project will consist of a 3.4-mile long, 10-foot wide paved, shared-use bicycle/pedestrian trail. Amenities will include enhanced landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, shade/rain shelters, regulatory and way-finding signage and mini park areas, including exercise equipment areas and children’s playgrounds. The trail will run along the south side of Snake Creek Canal from NE Miami Gardens Drive to the Florida Turnpike.
“These are the types of projects that build communities,” said Commissioner Jordan. “This pedestrian and bike trail will allow residents to exercise regularly in their own neighborhood.”
The existing 1.3-mile, sub-standard, 34-year-old trail, between N.E. 2nd Avenue to N.E. Miami Gardens Drive, will be completely removed and replaced with a new trail that meets today’s standards. The new trail and park facilities will extend along the South Florida Water Management District right-of-way of the Snake Creek (C-9) Canal, between NE Miami Gardens Drive and the Florida Turnpike.
The idea for the expansion of the Snake Creek Trail dates back to the 1998 North Dade Greenways Master Plan. This plan was further updated with significant community input and feedback during the 2005 Trail Planning and Feasibility Study.
Construction of the Snake Creek Trail project is expected to be completed by July 2013. The cost for this project is $2,464,413. Funding will be provided through the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Surface Transportation Program.
Left: Commissioner Jordan reviews plans for the Snake Creek Trail. Right: Commissioner Jordan stresses the importance of projects such as the pedestrian and bike trail that enhance neighborhoods throughout Miami-Dade County.