Ludlam Trail Hosts 2nd Annual “Ludlam Lights” Festival and Lantern Parade in South Miami

Ludlam Trail Hosts 2nd Annual “Ludlam Lights” Festival and Lantern Parade in South Miami


Ludlam Trail Hosts 2nd Annual Ludlam Lights Festival and Lantern Parade in South Miami

The Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation Award $275,000 for trail’s public space master plan


MIAMI – Florida East Coast Industries, in partnership with the Friends of Ludlam Trail and Miami-Dade County, today announced its 2nd Annual “Ludlam Lights” Lantern Parade and Festival at South Miami High School on Saturday, December 10th at 5pm. The festival will also celebrate the project’s newly announced funding partners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation.

The trail aims to create a continuous bike and pedestrian path, and greenspace that will provide 30,000 residents with a direct link to five schools, six parks, and a 30-mile trail network. Knight Foundation’s contribution of $250,000 and The Miami Foundation’s $25,000 match will go directly towards the development of the master plan for the public portions of the trail.

“The Ludlam Trail will help to build a more vibrant, connected Miami,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “By linking residents and neighborhoods across our community, as well as encouraging recreation and alternative transit, it will provide a new public space for people across our city to engage and make Miami an ever greater place to live and work.”

In just five months, more than 5,000 people have supported the Ludlam Trail through volunteerism and events including free movie nights, yoga classes and bike rides sponsored by dozens of organizations like the Miami Marlins, Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Greenmonkey Yoga, La Carreta, HandsOn Miami and South Florida PBS.

“Support from Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation only furthers our vision for the Ludlam Trail to transform the South Florida landscape in a meaningful way,” said Peter Rabbino, President of the Friends of Ludlam Trail. “Ludlam Lights is our way to illuminate the project’s benefits for the community.”

The Miami Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Ludlam Lights.

“Running right through the heart of Miami-Dade County, the Ludlam Trail is a community investment set to connect thousands of Miamians and enhance their quality of life,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “Ludlam Lights is a beautiful opportunity to literally shine a light on the need to activate this corridor and public spaces.”

At Ludlam Lights, crowds are encouraged to bring their own decorated lanterns for an illuminated parade and festival along the trail with activities including live music, food trucks, holiday treats and an award ceremony for the best lantern designs at the event site at 6856 SW 53rd Street, Miami, FL 33155.

Ongoing collaborations with key partners for the Ludlam Trail activation event series will continue on into 2017 with programming that will celebrate the neighborhoods along the corridor and the initiative to convert this underutilized land into a public space.

“The success of the Ludlam Trail activation events showcases the community’s desire to come together in this public space,” said Vincent Signorello, President and CEO of Florida East Coast Industries.  “We are thankful for partnerships with the Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation to make the collaborative vision for the trail a reality.”

Volunteer with HandsOn Miami for Global Youth Service Day!

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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 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!