I was out looking for U-pic tomatoes when I ran into the widening of Eureka Drive (SW 184th Street) alongside the Larry and Penny Thompson Park. As part of that job, the two-lane bridge (above) at the current north end of the Black Creek Trail is being enlarged. Since I could see no sign of accommodation for bicyclists coming off the trail or trying to reach it, I put my email and phone to work, with these discoveries:
- Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation is planning to rebuild the existing trail, closing some gaps along the way, and extend it north and west to the L-31N Canal just west of Krome Avenue. That would hook up with the Krome improvements I described here last summer.
- There is no plan for a bike lane on the new Eureka Drive, on grounds that the county didn't own sufficient right of way. That's not so bad, actually, since a multi-use path extends through the park from its southwest corner, at Eureka and SW 134th Avenue, to its southeast one, at Eureka and 122nd.
- The trail connection to the park would be achieved by directing cyclists north along SW 137th Avenue (on the sidewalk) and then west on SW 176th Street at the Army Reserve Center to the park's northwest corner. OK, it's a back-door entrance but it's practical. And riders may want to scoot across 137th for "refueling" at Winn-Dixie.
By the way, I did eventually find tomatoes, but they were way north near the Costco off Kendall Drive. Next time, will veer south and check out Robert is Here.