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For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2011

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Laura Phillips
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Miami-Dade Parks touted for its Miami-Dade Trail Design Guidelines and Benefits study

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department received the award of honor from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA), in the category of Planning and Analysis, for its Miami-Dade County Trail Design Guidelines and Benefits Study.  This study provides standards and guidelines for County trails and greenways.  In addition, this work establishes a methodology to analyze the benefits of trails such as vehicle trip reduction, increase in accessibility, reduction in pollution, effects on property values and job creation.

"We are very proud to have been selected for this prestigious award," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  "This recognition is a validation of our tireless efforts to provide quality trails and greenways throughout Miami-Dade County."  

The FLASLA Professional Design Awards Program honors projects that blend environmental and artistic principles, emphasizing beauty, function, and the environment. Miami-Dade Parks is among a select group of six state award winners in the Planning and Analysis category whose projects were chosen for the FLASA's 2011 Professional Design Award of Honor. Honorees were selected for their inspired use of landscape architectural practices in an imaginative and well-resolved combination that adds to the body of the Landscape Architecture profession.

This project also received honors from the American Planning Association (APA) Florida Gold Coast Section in the category of Best Plan, Report or Study and was also among the national finalist in this year's ASLA Professional Design Awards in the category of Analysis and Planning.
About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade Parks the public can call 3-1-1 or visit


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