The Miami Dade Greenways, Trails and Water Trails Vision is for an interconnected system that provides transportation alternatives and reduces traffic congestion; creates new recreational opportunities; increases property values; protects natural resources; and encourages tourism and business development. These paths strengthen connections across the County, from Broward to Monroe Counties, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades.
The Vision builds upon the corridors described by the North Dade Greenways Master Plan and South Dade Greenway Network Master Plan, and goes farther in linking these green fingers into a holistic, seamless system. Its corridors weave through new parks, tie into bike lanes, and act as verdant channels that draw people into natural resource areas. Water Trails that have already been identified by previous plans are incorporated into the Vision, but greatly expanded upon: all major canals and waterways are accessible for recreation and strengthen physical and visual connections between the east and west edges of the County. Canals and levees managed by the South Florida Water Management District are converted into greenways and trails corridors, and provide an opportunity for public education on Everglades Restoration.
This map illustrates interconnected network of greenways, trails and water trails throughout the County.
Examples of Vision
Snake Creek Trail
The Snake Creek Canal is a South Florida Water Management District waterway that winds it way into the City of North Miami Beach. As part of the City's new Urban Design Plan, the Canal will become a public waterfront near the densest commercial area. As one travels west and the land use becomes more residential, the treatment of the area around the Canal decreases in intensity and provides a place for community recreation.
The new Biscayne-Everglades Greenway is comprised of 43 miles of greenways and multi-purpose paths. It is the only trail in the United States that connects two National Parks. What makes it particularly unique, however, is that the trail travels through the community, creating opportunities for tourism and greater visitation to the parks.
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