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  • Miami River GreenwayAction Plan

    Miami River GreenwayAction Plan

    Miami, Florida

    April 2001

    Prepared forThe Miami River Commission

    Prepared by

    Miami, Florida

    April 2001

    Prepared forThe Miami River Commission

    Prepared byGREENWAYSI N C O R P O R A T E D

    Environmental DesignLandscape Architecture

    Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning

  • Miami River Greenway Action PlanMiami River Greenway Action Plan

    Prepared forThe Miami River Commission

    Prepared byThe Trust for Public LandGreenways Incorporated

    April 2001

  • Miami River Greenway - Acknowledgementsi

    AcknowledgmentsThis report was made possible by the generous contributions of the followingorganizations:

    Mary Flagler Cary TrustLydia B. Stokes FoundationEdward S. Moore FoundationJohn S. and James L. Knight FoundationSears-Swetland Family FoundationCurtis and Edith Munson FoundationElizabeth Ordway Dunn FoundationMiami River CommissionThe Trust for Public Land - National Programs

    This report was prepared for the Miami River Commission and its GreenwaySubcommittee by the Trust for Public Land Miami Field Office in partnership withGreenways Incorporated, Durham, North Carolina.

    Miami River Commission Greenway SubcommitteeThe Miami River Commission Greenway Subcommittee is comprised of adistinguished group of citizens that have dedicated a significant amount of timeand effort, as volunteers, toward the preparation of this Action Plan.

    Dr. Ernie Martin, Chair,Dr. Jim Broton, HistorianDr. Fran Bohnsack, Miami River Marine GroupMr. Brett Bibeau, Miami River CommissionMr. Gary Donn, Florida Department of TransportationMs. Cindy Dwyer, Miami-Dade Planning & ZoningMr. Phillip B. Everingham, Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock CompanyThe Honorable Maurice FerreMs. Ana Maria Monte Flores, South Florida Water Management DistrictMr. Este Garcia, Garcias RestaurantMs. Diana Gonzalez, DMG Consulting ServicesMs. Priscilla Greenfield-Manning, Spring Garden Civic AssociationMr. David Henderson, Miami-Dade County Bicycle-Pedestrian SpecialistRev. Father Leroy Lloyd, City of Miami Overtown Advisory BoardMs. Theo Long, Grove Park Homeowners AssociationMs. Becky Matkov, Dade Heritage TrustMr. David Miller, Miami River CommissionMs. Amy Kimball-Murley, Curtis & Kimball CompanyMs. Ginny Newell, U. M. Rosenstiel School of Marine ScienceMr. Hammond Noriega, Miami Community Redevelopment AgencyMr. Daniel Ponce, Swire PropertiesMr. Clark Turner, City of Miami Community PlanningMs. Jean Whipple, Brickell Area AssocationMr. Doug Yoder, Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Manage-

    ment

    Miami River CommissionMr. Robert Parks, ChairThe Honorable Jeb Bush (Mr. James Murley, Designee)The Honorable Mario Diaz-Baliart (Representative Gustavo Barriero, Designee)Mr. Michael Collins (Mr. Gerardo Fernandez, Designee)Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Esq. (Mr. Gary Winston, Designee)The Honorable Alex Penelas (Ms. Sandy ONeil, Designee)The Honorable Joe Carollo (Mr. Jay Rhodes, Designee)The Honorable Joe Sanchez (Ms. Elieen Damaso, Designee)The Honorable Bruno Barreiro (Mr. Alfredo Gonzales, Designee)Mr. Jim Brown (Mr. Richard Brunnell, Designee)Mr. Phil Everingham (Mr. John Wellington, Designee)Ms. Patti Allen (Mr. Alonzo Menendez, Designee)Mr. William O. Cullum (Mr. James McDonald, Designee)Dr. Ernest Martin (Ms. Virginia Newell, Designee)Ms. Sallye Jude (Ms. Jane Caporelli, Designee)Ms. Janet McAliley (Ms. Theo Long, Designee)Ms. Sara Babun (Mr. Tom Parker, Designee)Mr. Cleve Jones (Mr. William Parkes, Designee)Mr. David Miller, Managing DirectorMr. Brett Bibeau, Assistant Director

    Miami River Commission Quality of Life CommitteeMr. James F. Murley, Co-Chair, FAU-FIU Joint Ctr. for Environmental IssuesMs. Brenda Marshall, Co-Chair, The Trust for Public LandMs. JoLaurie Penrose, Florida Department of TransportationMs. Carolyn Ansay, Environmental Protection AgencyMs. Maribel Balbin, South Florida Water Management DistrictMr. Jose Casanova, City of Miami Planning DepartmentMr. Jeff Cohen, Miami-Dade Public WorksMs. Karla Ebenbach, The Collins Center for Public PolicyMr. Craig Grossenbacher, Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource

    ManagementMs. Vivian Gusman, Team MetroMs. Sarah Ingle, City of Miami Planning DepartmentMs. Dianne Johnson, City of Miami Real Estate & Economic DevelopmentMs. Sallye Jude, Miami River CommissionMs. Susan Markley, Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Man-

    agementMr. Jim Rivers, FIU Metropolitan CenterMr. Jan Rogers, US Environmental Protection AgencyMr. Ben Starrett, The Collins Center for Public PolicyMs. Janice Watson, Miami Real Estate and Economic DevelopmentMs. Amy Wolf, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation

    About the Miami River CommissionThe Miami River Commission (originally the Miami River Study Commission) was createdby the State Legislature to conduct a comprehensive study and review of restoration andenhancement of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. The 18-member commission wasoriginally appointed in 1997 to represent the public and private sectors. This GreenwayAction Plan is one element of several reports and projects that have been completed bythe Commission in fulfillment of its original purpose and mission.

    The Trust for Public LandMr. Dale Allen, Vice PresidentSoutheast Regional Office306 North Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32301-7622

    Ms. Brenda MarshallMs. Lavinia FreemanMiami Field Office7900 Red Road, Suite 25South Miami, FL 33143

    About The Trust for Public LandThe Trust for Public Land (TPL) is the only national conservation organization specificallyestablished to conserve land for people. From vast wilderness lands to crowded cities,TPL helps connect Americas people to Americas special places. A private non-profitorganization founded in 1972, TPL specializes in conservation real estate, applying itsexpertise in negotiation, public finance, and law to protect land for public use. TPL hasprotected more than 960,000 acres of land valued at more than $1.3 billion in 44 states,Canada and the US Virgin Islands. For more information about the Trust for Public Land,please visit our website at www.tpl.org.

    Greenways IncorporatedCharles A. Flink, ASLA, PresidentDave Josephus, Project DesignerDon Stier, Project PlannerHaley Blakeman, Project DesignerBob Heuer, GIS/CAD SpecialistJonathan Parsons, GIS/CAD SpecialistSara Chambers, Project DesignerKristine Olka, Project Planner5318 Highgate Drive, Suite 231Durham, North Carolina 27713

    About Greenways IncorporatedGreenways Incorporated (GWI) is a multi-discplinary environmental planning and designfirm that specializes in providing consulting services to government agencies, for-profitbusinesses and non-profit organizations. Their chosen professional focus is in riverfrontgreenway, open space, trail and alternative transportation planning, design, developmentand management. GWI has completed successful projects in more than 100 communi-ties and 27 states, and has provided consulting services in Canada and Japan. For moreinformation about Greenways Incorporated, please visit our website atwww.greenways.com.

    (Cover Photograph: Custom Aerial Photography, Miami, Florida)

  • Miami River Greenway - Table of Contents1

    Action Plan Table of ContentsExecutive Summary

    Overview ................................................................................................................................. ES-1How this Plan Was Prepared .................................................................................................... ES-1Characterization of the River ................................................................................................... ES-2Summary of Key Recommendations ......................................................................................... ES-2Cost of Greenway Development ................................................................................................ ES-3Sources of Funding ................................................................................................................... ES-3Operations and Management Strategies ................................................................................... ES-3How to Get Involved in the Greenway Project .......................................................................... ES-3Organization of this Action Plan Report ................................................................................... ES-3

    Framework for Action ........................................................................................................ 1Characterization of the River .........................................................................................................2

    Lower River - Biscayne Bay to the 5th Street Bridge..................................................................................2Middle River - 5th Street Bridge to the 22nd Avenue Bridge ......................................................................2Upper River - 22nd Avenue Bridge to Palmer Lake ....................................................................................2

    River Greenway Themes .................................................................................................................3The Miami River is Our Home .....................................................................................................................3The Miami River is a Working River ...........................................................................................................3The Miami River is a Destination Landscape ...............................................................................................3The Miami River is an Important Environmental Resource At Risk ............

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