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Military Trail Park to break ground for new walkway lights

MIAMI (February 17, 2016)

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, invite residents of the Shorecrest/Aqua Vista neighborhoods to join them at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016, as they will break ground for a new walkway lighting project at Military Trail Park, 825 NE 89th St., Miami.

The new development will add 14 decorative light poles, each 13 feet tall, to illuminate approximately 850 linear feet of existing walking path. Miami-Dade Parks’ Design and Development Team will be working on the project in collaboration with Calvin Giordano and Associates (architect-engineering consultant) and Canseco Electrical Contractors, Inc. The projected cost is $223,000 and funding will be provided by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond (BBC-GOB) program. 

“Improvements like this create parks and open spaces that residents and their children enjoy most and are building a more vibrant Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. 

"I am thrilled to see this new development at Military Trail Park. Lighting will illuminate the park spaces and enhance public safety while allowing neighbors to spend more time exercising and relaxing with nature after the sun goes down, which is the paramount to the enjoyment of our parks,” said Commissioner Edmonson.

“This lighting project is a shining example of how Miami-Dade Parks is revitalizing parks with amenities that enrich neighborhood living, connecting people and parks for life,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

The park features a multi-station exercise course featuring state-of-the-art outdoor gym, picnic areas and park benches.  Shade is provided by existing mature trees, which include mango, gumbo limbo, oak, and black olive. The park is dog-friendly, allowing dog owners to walk their dogs on leash only. 

Military Trail Park was acquired in January 2001, as an undeveloped 1.66-acre parcel. The park purchase addressed a lack of open space in the Shorecrest/Aqua Vista neighborhoods, which was brought to the attention of the Parks Department by local residents.  In September 2015, the Parks Department, acquired an additional acre parcel, adjacent to the park.  Future development for this site will include a “dog park” with fenced enclosures that allow dogs to exercise off-leash; walking trails, open play areas, site furniture, landscaping, and access control fencing. The construction for these amenities is expected to take place and be completed this summer.

The 2.66-acre park gets its name from the original Military Trail, the first highway connecting Miami to Dania.  The historic highway, which once traversed the site, was pre-dated by a route used by the US Army during the Seminole Wars of the 19th Century.  

For directions to Military Trail Park, visit the web page or call 305-944-8670.

Miami-Dade Parks is supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.