Robin Birdsong, Recreational Trails Coordinator, Florida Trails and Greenways
and Herb HIller, East Coast Greenway
A recently executed Florida Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant with the City of Miami Beach will fund construction of a critical link in the city’s Atlantic Greenway Network along one of the most popular oceanfront sections of the 15-state East Coast Greenway.
The 9,000 linear-foot corridor between 47th and 64th Streets will consist of a 15-foot-wide concrete multi-use trail known as the Middle Beach Recreation Corridor that will eventually connect from the foot of the Beach at Government Cut north to the municipal boundary of Surfside.
Existing portions of the Greenway run between 14th and 23rd Streets in South Beach, between 64th and 79th Streets in North Beach, and from South Pointe Park to MacArthur Causeway.
Cost for the new section will exceed $400,000, including funding match by the city. Completion is set for December 10, 2016.
“This RTP-funded extension occurs along one of the most scenic sections of the East Coast Greenway’s entire route between Maine and Florida,” said Herb Hiller, East Coast Greenway Alliance Southeast Region Program Consultant.
“Everyone likes to ride a bike by the sea. Now more will be able to do so even more safely in Miami Beach. What a gift to residents and visitors alike!”
Additional completed seafront sections of the Florida East Coast Greenway include along SR A1A in Key West, along the Hollywood Broadwalk, across the Sebastian Inlet Bridge between Indian River and Brevard counties, and on board the St. Johns River Ferry between Mayport and Fort George Island in Jacksonville.