Volunteer with HandsOn Miami for Global Youth Service Day!

Old paint brush isolated on the white background

On Saturday, April 16, hundreds of volunteers will assemble at Ludlam Trail for its largest cleanup project to-date.  HandsOn Miami’s Youth Advisory Council, a youth board of 13 to 17 year old students, selected Ludlam Trail as the host site to join hundreds of large scale service projects around the world for Global Youth Service Day.

Along with HandsOn Miami, the Miami Marlins Marlins Ayudan, Green Mobility Network, Friends of the Ludlam Trail, Florida East Coast Industries and the Travis Manion Foundation will partner to beautify the northern section of Ludlam Trail.

Volunteers of all ages are welcomed to meet at the trail, just north of A.D. Barnes Park to

  • “erase” over 600′ of graffiti
  • remove more than 2 tons of illegally dumped trash and debris
  • complete “pop up” projects along the trail led by members of HandsOn Miami’s Youth Advisory Council

All volunteers will earn community service hours for participating and 4 tickets to attend the April 19th Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals game on behalf of Marlins Ayudan.  Volunteers will also get to go on the field at Marlins Park for a special volunteer recognition ceremony that will take place before the first pitch.

Celebrating 28 years, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. GYSD is celebrated each April in more than 135 countries on 6 continents, with young people working together to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

Click here to sign-up and reserve your slot!

Ludlam Hikes Activates Northern Segment of Trail for the First Time

It is with huge thanks to our friends and partners for supporting our Ludlam Hikes activation event!  More than 60 hikers from around the community joined in a for a 4 mile hike starting from AD Barnes Park to 8th street and back.  Along the route, community members participated in installing Walk Your City signs which pointed towards near by schools, parks and other popular destinations.



Ellie16stBefore the hike began, members or FOLT provided updates to the the hikers regarding the status of the campaign.  In addition, Kate Kraft, Executive Director of America Walks gave an overview of the Walking movement, and explained how walking initiatives are sprouting all over the country. The Ludlam Trail is sure to be an amazing community asset that will help keep people safe as they travel to the numerous destinations that are in walking/biking distance of the trail.  Many thanks to The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge for sponsoring this event.



Ludlam Hikes Activates Ludlam Trail (North) March 26

Friends of Ludlam Trail is proud to announce our first official trail Ludlam Days activation of the northern segment of the corridor!  On March 26, the community is invited to join us for a hike that will allow us to re-discover the beauty of the trail corridor north of Bird Road.


The hike will begin on the north side of AD Barnes Park (adjacent to Waterway Drive), and travel north to 8th street and back. This will be a 4 mile total trek with grass and rocky terrain, so please make sure to bring hiking boots!  In addition to the hike we have several extra activities to help enhance the day.

Sponsored by The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge, fellow hikers will assist in installing Walk Your City bilingual signs at major crossroads during the hike. Signs will point towards near by schools, parks and other major destinations that are in walking/biking distance.  In addition, we will have special guest Kate Kraft from America Walks in attendance. Before we begin the hike, Kate will provide a brief explanation on the benefits of increased walkability, and how the walking movement is spreading all over the country.  To keep hikers energized, FOLT will be providing snacks and water at multiple stations during the hike.

Many thanks to Florida East Coast Industries for allowing us to occupy the land and continued support to making a Ludlam Trail a reality for the Miami community!

Backyard Bird Count Contributes to Conservation Efforts on Ludlam Trail


Tremendous thanks goes to Tropical Audubon Society for leading the first ever Backyard Bird Count along the Ludlam Trail.  It was a beautiful early morning with members of TAS, FOLT, FECI and the community enjoying a pleasant walk along the trail as they identified and logged birds found long the corridor.  FOLT was represented by Diana Jaramillo, a local conservationist who has led the charge for many of FOLT’s environmental projects. We look forward to the next Backyard Bird Count scheduled for December 2016!

*Photos courtesy Joel Rosenthal and Diana Jaramillo


Join FOLT and Tropical Audubon Society for Great Backyard Bird Count

Friends of Ludlam Trail is proud to be partnering with Tropical Audubon Society for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Join us a for a fun day of conservation and citizen science as volunteers  identify and log birds found along the Ludlam Trail.  Space is limited, please RSVP by emailing fieldtrips@tropicalaudubon.org. Thank you to Florida East Coast Industries for making this day possible.




Ludlam Trail Grassroots to Treetops Video Tour

It was with tremendous thanks to Coral Gables Museum for opening its doors to our organization, and providing us a platform to tell our Ludlam Trail story.  For the past 4 months, the Ludlam Trail Grassroots to Treetops  museum exhibit has been educating thousands of visitors and Miami residents about the next BIG THING coming to Miami.  This has not been an easy path, and there is still much left to be done, however considering where our campaign was just 2 years ago, our board, streeting committee, community partners and hundreds of volunteers are extrememly gratified as to what we have accomplished up to date.

Please watch the following video tour of our exhibit. We hope you get as excited as we are for the Ludlam Trail!

Ludlam Trail Highlighted at Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

bpac pic

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee members

The December 2015 meeting of the Miami Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was updated by Miami-Dade County staff regarding the latest activities involving the Ludlam Trail initiative.

The BPAC is comprised of Miami-Dade citizens who review transportation plans and projects for non-motorized mobility and safety, and provides a forum for the discussion of issues affecting bicyclists and pedestrians.

As summarized by Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources Department:

Read more

Coral Gables Bike Tour Visits the Ludlam Trail


At AD Barnes Park, the future mid-point of the Ludlam Trail!


Before the ride began, the group toured our “Ludlam Trail: Grassroots to Treetops” museum exhibit located at Coral Gables Museum.

On Sunday morning the Ludlam Trail was visited by riders participating in January’s Coral Gables Bike Tour. Participants began the day with a guided tour of our Ludlam Trail exhibit at Coral Gables Museum, and then rode all the way to the Ludlam Trail on back-roads and quiet streets. FOLT was in attendance to greet the riders at AD Barnes Park and update the group about the campaign. Thank you Bike Walk Coral Gables and Coral Gables Museum for organizing and leading the ride!

Special thanks to our unpredictable Miami weather for not raining on our group, as their was a huge a rain storm just hours before our scheduled ride! Remember our Ludlam Trail exhibit comes down on January 31 so there is still time to check it out.  Stay tuned for more Ludlam Days events coming soon.



FOLT Recognized by American Planning Association Gold Coast Chapter

(From left to right) Maeve Desmond and Silvia Vargas of Gold Coast APA; Eric Katz of Street Plans Collaborative, Ebru Ozer of Landscape DE, Mark Heinicke of Miami-Dade County Parks, Gloria Florexil of Florida International University, Diana Jaramillo of Miami Bat Squad and resident of the trail, and Douglas Thompson of Landscape DE)

(From left to right) Maeve Desmond and Silvia Vargas of Gold Coast APA; Eric Katz of Street Plans Collaborative, Ebru Ozer of Landscape DE, Mark Heinicke of Miami-Dade County Parks, Gloria Florexil of Florida International University, Diana Jaramillo of Miami Bat Squad and resident of the trail, and Douglas Thompson of Landscape DE)

On December 9, 2015, members of the Miami Planning community gathered at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design for the 2015 APA Gold Coast Planning Award ceremony. The Gold Coast APA chapter delivered numerous awards recognizing outstanding planning projects and initiatives across South Florida. Friends of the Ludlam Trail was honored to receive recognition as the 2015 Outstanding Grassroots Initiative.  The FOLT board and steering committees are comprised of passionate community members, urban planners, architects, landscape architects and conservationists all working hard to make the Ludlam Trail project a reality.

Major accomplishments for 2015 includes passage of the Ludlam Trail Comprehensive Development Master Plan application and the successful launch of Ludlam Days. Ludlam Days is an innovative series of community events intended to build awareness, and allow the community to experience the benefits of the trail while the corridor undergoes the multi-year process of land acquisition, trail design and construction. Once completed, the trail will provide the Miami community with a 6.2 mile, 100 foot wide urban trail that directly connects to 5 schools, 4 parks, 4 green ways, 2 transit hubs and multiple neighborhoods and shopping districts.

In addition to the Grassroots Initiative award, graduate students from Florida International University’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Design studio class also were awarded Outstanding Student Project and Honorable Mention, both utilizing the Ludlam Trail as their case studies! Congratulations to the students and the entire FOLT team for their hard work throughout the year!

Professor Ebru Ozer and students from Florida International University awarded for their Ludlam Trail Design projects.

Professor Ebru Ozer and students from Florida International University awarded for their Ludlam Trail Design projects.