September 2011


North Miami City Council Member, Scott Galvin sent an email out trying to alert North Miami City residents of a possible issue. Please keep in mind this doesn’t directly effect Arch Creek Park – Miami-Dade County Park, but I’m sure it will influence a significant increase in traffic along NE 135th Street. The Arch Creek East Nature Preserve is at the end of NE 135th Street, its a nice pedestrian trail/path that is highly used by the surround community -joggers, cyclists, dog walkers, etc.

Below is the email Sent out by Scott Galvin:

FIU Wants New Road to North Campus
Exploring Opening of NE 135 Street!
Residents of Arch Creek East, I have alarming news to share with you.

Goodbye to Our Preserve?

Florida International University is exploring options for adding an additional road to their campus. And one of them is to ask the City to destroy our Environmental Preserve and open NE 135 Street. Click here to read a summary of the traffic study.

We must not let that happen!

Please mark your calendar to attend this very important meeting of the Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Council!

Dade County Transportation Planning Council
Monday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW First Street
Miami, FL 33128
18th Floor Conference Room

We can end this madness now. The Transportation Planning Council (TPC) can vote to move forward without NE 135 Street as an option. Sure, eventually, the North Miami City Council would be the ones to eventually decide whether to open the street, but let’s not wait that long. Join your neighbors on October 3rd and urge the TPC to keep Arch Creek East whole.

Five Reasons It’s Bad to Open NE 135 Street:

  • It will bring much more traffic, which endangers the many pedestrians who walk and jog in the area, as well as the children who play in the grassy median
  • It overturns and destroys the valuable Environmental Preserve we worked so hard to create
  • It decimates property values
  • There are other options for a new road that are not in residential areas: NE 143 Street, NE 151 Street, and NE 163 Street
  • It’s cost, between $5 – $12 million will be paid by North Miami and Miami-Dade taxpayers. FIU isn’t offering to pay a single penny!

But FIU Says They Need an “Emergency” Entrance…

I agree they need a new road in case of emergencies. But as the new Traffic Study shows, that can be accomplished simply through NE 156 Street by the Water Treatment Plant. This will allow emergency access without destroying any residential and environmental areas.

Please join your neighbors at the October 3rd TPC meeting and fight this!

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It’s that time of year again. Arch Creek Park naturalists will be hosting the park’s most popular tour – the Arch Creek Park Ghost Tour. We will be hosting this specialized tour on select nights during October. If you are looking to be spooked, frightened, or just want to take a step back in time, call to make your reservation now. Space is limited so make sure you don’t wait until the last minute.

Helping Hands for America’s Lands
Join us on September 24, 2011 from 9am -12pm

There is a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. consider that one-third of the land in America is ours – public land where we can all hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax. National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to spruce up these lands while helping us get back to some these places we love.

On September 24th, an estimated 180,000 volunteers around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. At the same time, they’ll get quite a workout on America’s public lands, the gym with a view. They’ll learn about water conservation, invasive species, trail maintenance and other issues affecting public lands as well as take part in a service endeavor fed with the energy of volunteers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Join the thousands who will take part in the 18th annual National Public Lands Day and help do your part for America’s lands.

Visit National Public Lands Day at www.publiclandsday.org

If your interested in volunteering at Arch Creek Park, please contact the park naturalist at 305-944-6111