The Real Deal Miami

Greenway could connect Miami and Everglades City, but may take years to build

March 13, 2013 11:00AM

The River of Grass greenway, which will constitute part of the proposed Everglades greenway

Public trails and bike paths may one day connect Miami, Naples and Everglades City, the Miami Herald reported. The National Park Service and planners in Miami-Dade County’s parks department are at work to create a network of trails and paths that will form the “Everglades greenway,” which would encourage the public to enjoy the natural preserve, while not disrupting its ecology with cars, the  paper said. However, it could take as long as a generation to develop the public space.

A projected cost for the entire project is not yet available, but Miami-Dade parks planner Mark Heinicke said it would likely run about $75 million, or $1 million per mile. So far, no funding has been set aside for the ambitious project, the paper said. [Miami Herald] –Guelda Voien