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.

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