FOLT Partners with Local Scouts to Hike the Trail

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Scouts showing their support for the Ludlam Trail

On December 19, 2015 the first ever Ludlam Trail Hike gathered 15 scouts and their scout leaders from Boy Scout Troop 43, Venturing Crew 870, and Venturing Crew 43 to hike 6 miles from AD Barnes Park to Dadeland and back. It was a beautiful day in Miami with temperatures in the low 70s and an overcast ensuring a cool day and shade from the Miami sun. The hike was led by local scout leader, avid outdoors-man and conservationist Frank Fernandez representing scout’s Tequesta chapter. Along the hike, the scouts learned details regarding the Ludlam Trail project, surveyed the terrain, learned survival skills and identified wildlife along the trail. We thank them for their service and look forward to future partnerships. Through direct service to the trail and continued advocacy, we know the scouts will play a key role in the successful implementation of the trail.

Special thanks to Florida East Coast Industries who sponsored the day. Click here for a full gallery of images from the historic hike!

First official FOLT hike underway!

Scouts admiring the natural beauty of the trail.

Ludlam Lights Event Attracts Hundreds of Supporters

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1000 luminaries along the Ludlam Trail!

On December 12, FOLT hosted another trail activation event that took place between Miller and Sunset Drive called Ludlam Lights.  The event called upon the community to help illuminate the trail by neatly placing one thousand luminaries along the borders. Once the luminaries were placed, hundreds gathered at South Miami High School to help kick-off the first of what will be a long tradition of illuminating the trail during the holiday season.

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Hundreds gather at South Miami High School kick-off

South Miami High School provided entertainment with performances given by the cheer leading squad and chorus. Once the walk began, FOLT and members of the community helped keep the crowd safe by guiding groups through busy intersections after temporarily pausing traffic. Along the trail, folks were greeted by numerous tents including the Ludlam Trail Neighborhood Association providing information about local neighbors and their position regarding the trail, and FOLT members providing information about our current habitat restoration efforts. The event was led by FOLT board members Peter Rabbino and Rick Santos, both neighbors of the trail and have been passionate about the project since the inception of the organization.  It sure was a sight to see!  Special thanks to the Miami-Dade County and Florida East Coast Industries for sponsoring the event. Join us next month for Ludlam Walls!

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Drone view looking towards Dadeland. Courtesy Luis Munoz.

 

 

Join FOLT December 12 for LUDLAM LIGHTS

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Join Friends of Ludlam Trail on December 12 between 4pm to 7pm for our next Ludlam Days event, Ludlam Lights!

Meet us at dusk on the trail next to South Miami Senior High School for a fun filled evening where we will light up the trail with luminaries  that is sure to provide a captivating visual! In addition, special performances will be given by the high school chorus and string ensemble. Bring flash lights and other light-up gear with you as we leisurely stroll along the glowing trail.

Special thanks to our sponsors Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Space department and Florida East Coast Industries.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Ludlam Trail CDMP Application 9 Passes Unnanimously

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Friends of the Ludlam Trail is thrilled to announce that the Ludlam Trail CDMP Application #9 was unanimously approved at the recent Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Development Master Plan meeting. The application was one of many as Miami residents packed the the county commission chambers. We are thankful to the many residents and FOLT supporters who made themselves present and voiced their approval of the Ludlam Trail application.  This is a major milestone crossed towards the successful implementation of a world class linear park and trail.  Stay tuned for upcoming events to learn more about the campaign. The next event is December 12 for Ludlam Lights!

Click here to read the Resolution. Click below to watch the video of the CDMP meeting. When the page opens, click on the Video link for the November 18 CDMP hearing.

http://miamidade.gov/wps/portal/Main/webcasting

 

 

Please Support Our Cause On Give Miami Day

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It’s that time of year again when all of Miami comes together and makes substantial change towards a better and Greater Miami!  It’s been a very busy year, but much of that work is paying off as we have moved much closer to making the Ludlam Trail a reality. Yesterday’s transmission of the CDMP application is a major milestone for our campaign, but we must continue our press for funding of a world class linear park and trail.  Help fuel our campaign by making a contribution to Green Mobility Network.  With these funds you can look forward to more trail activation projects such as group runs/rides, bat box installations, community gardens, festivals, and other surprises!

https://givemiamiday.org/#npo/green-mobility-network-inc <—-click to donate

In addition to your gift, a percentage of your donation will be matched, making your gift even more powerful on this day! Thank you for your support!

 

CDMP Hearing November 18

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We have come a long way since the previous CDMP hearing last year. Friends of the Ludlam Trail supports transmission of Application #9 which addresses the following in summary…

  • Incorporates the results of the Ludlam Trail Corridor Charrette Report.
  • Seeks to facilitate the conversion of the Corridor into a continuous, publicly-accessible pedestrian and bicycle trail with development occurring at appropriate locations and in a manner that is sensitive to andcompatible with adjacent uses.
  • Redesignates the corridor from “Transportation” to “Special District” on the CDMP Land Use Plan map and create a new subcategory titled “Ludlam Trail Corridor District”
  • Requires zoning regulations, addressing Development Areas and Trail segments, to be adopted prior to the issuance of the first building permit.

See below to review the Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board background summary.

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Spend Friday the 13th with the Miami Bat Squad!

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Friends of Ludlam Trail is proud to be partnering once again with the Miami Squad and Coral Gables Museum as we bring you Bat Night! What better time to learn more about the bats than spooky Friday the 13th!  We are only kidding of course, we love bats, and will use this night to help spread awareness of the bonneted bat and participate in important citizen science activities as we watch and listen for bats along the Granada golf course.

The night will be led by Miami Bat Squad Director Giselle Hosein who will provide the public with an educational talk centered on the bonneted bat, and how it plays a unique role in our local eco-system. In addition, we also have the pleasure of partnering with our great friends from Coral Gables Museum.  For those that didn’t know, Coral Gables Museum is hosting the Ludlam Trail 2020: Grassroots to Treetops exhibit from now until January 31. Be sure to check it out!

FOLT will be represented by non other than Diana Jaramillo.  Diana has been a dedicated volunteer towards FOLT with particular attention paid towards the corridor’s environmental and wildlife conservation.  Diana has led the charge in our goal to protect the highly endangered bonneted bat by volunteering her home as the first backyard to host a bat box and forming key partnerships with groups like the Miami Bat Squad.  Diana played a key role in the development of the year long Bat Box program which was awarded a $2,000 grant from The Binky Foundation. In the next coming months, bat boxes will be installed in 10 locations along the Ludlam corridor.

Many thanks to The Miami Bat Squad and Coral Gables Musuem in our efforts to conserve our local wildlife!  We hope to see you there!

 

WHEELS Will be Rolling on the Ludlam Trail

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If you missed last Saturday’s group ride, or if you attended the last ride and can’t get enough of the Ludlam Trail, don’t worry! We’ll be coming back with an encore group ride and run this Saturday November 14. As part of Miami’s 5 day mega-event WHEELS, on November 14, WHEELS programming will turn the spot light towards the Ludlam Trail.

The entire public is invited to attend the second ever official activation of the Ludlam corridor.  At 7:00 am, join Miami’s running legend Frankie Ruiz as he leads hundreds of Miami runners through the historic corridor.  The group will be meeting at the Dadeland North metro rail station and will be an out-and-back to AD Barnes Park. Later on that day at 2:00 pm, Gary Mendenhall and the rugged Gravel Grinders mountain bike group will lead riders through the trail on mountain bikes.

Runners and riders should expect a fairly flat terrain with fine crushed gravel for the majority of the surface.  Runners should bring their trail sneakers, not their pretty and expensive road running shoes. Riders should bring a mountain bike or any fat-tire bike, no road bikes will be permitted to ride.  After the ride, make sure you take the Underline or grab a metro rail ride and head out to South Miami for the WHEELS official Street Bash!

 

Ludlam Days Fall Fest a Huge Success

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The first ever group ride along Ludlam Trail!

Over 300 community residents gathered at A.D. Barnes Park last Saturday to partake in the first official public ride down the Ludlam Trail. The event began at 10:00 as riders began trickling into the park and finding food trucks, bounce houses, bike valet station, No Boundaries bike repair shop, and even a pop-up pumpkin patch to greet them! Oh yes, this was more than just a ride, but rather a community celebration in which thousands of Miami residents have come together to embrace one core vision, a world class linear park and trail cutting through the center of Greater Miami!

Gathering the group

Gathering the group

At just around 10:15 am, hundreds of riders were lined up along the corridor waiting for the start.  At 10:20 am, FECI spokesman Alfred Lurigados and FOLT chairman Tony Garcia made the final call, “LET’s GO!” they shouted.  And just like that, the FOLT peloton began its historic journey to the Dadeland terminus point 3 miles south. This ride was not a race, but slow a leisure ride allowing each rider the time to soak in and appreciate the opportunity to one day utilize this trail every day. Miami-Dade County police were readily available at major intersections blocking traffic to keep the ride group safe.  Local neighbors living on or close to the trail were standing outside their back yards cheering on riders as they rolled along the trail.

The ride ended back at A.D. Barnes with

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everyone arriving safely with huge smiles on each face! People returned to the park absolutely elated and inspired to make the Ludlam Trail dream a reality.  The festival portion of the day was another huge success with hundreds in attendance enjoying the beautiful park,  DJ, delicious food trucks, free Funky Budda Beer, bounce houses and more.  Their was also a pause for important announcements from Friends of Luldam Trail, Florida East Coast Industries, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa.

Friends of the Ludlam Trail is extremely thankful to FECI for their commitment to our grand vision for Greater Miami. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with FECI, Miami-Dade County and the countless volunteers and fellow organizations helping to push the Ludlam Trail campaign forward.  Our next activation event will be November 14 as WHEELS sponsors our group run and ride.  We hope to see you there!

 

Commissioner Sosa speaking to the crowd!

City of Miami Commissioner Suarez, Alfred Lurigados (FECI), Tany Garcia (FOLT) and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sosa addressing the crowd!

 

 

Ludlam Trail Fall Fest is This Saturday!

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The Miami community has been anticipating the moment when it can finally enjoy the Ludlam Trail.  That day will come this Saturday as Ludlam Days continues with our Fall Fest celebration!

For the first time, the Ludlam Corridor will gain temporary public access to allow families and friends to get their first taste of what the Ludlam Trail can and will eventually become, a world class linear park and trail!  Friends of the Ludlam Trail and Florida East Coast Industries are partnering for for Fall Fest and we would love to see you and your neighbors join us at A.D. Barnes Park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Participants can expect a DJ, food trucks, games, and even a pumpkin patch! The highlight of the event will of course be the group fat-tire ride starting at AD Barnes and heading south to Dadeland.  This will be a slow leisure ride, and will NOT be appropriate for road bikes.  The purpose of this event is raise awareness about the trail and demonstrate how the trail can serve as a much needed commuting/recreational amenity helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of Miami residents.

Please know that this event is providing temporary access to the corridor only. The corridor remains private property and will be closed after the event. More public events will be scheduled in the future.  Stay tuned to LudlamTrail.org for more information.