Friday, August 13, 2010

Bikes get a break in park's Flamingo master plan

The National Park Service has just released an eco-friendly design for Flamingo in Everglades National Park.  The plan calls for biking and walking trails and a circulating shuttle so visitors could do without their cars once they reach Flamingo, a drive of 30-some miles southwest of Homestead. 

A popular lodge, rental cabins and campground at Flamingo had been the only overnight accommodations within the park. Two hurricanes in 2005 wrecked them, and so far only the campgrounds have been put back in use.

The new facilities, including a modest 30-room lodge and 24 cottages, would be elevated to withstand a hurricane's storm surge.  The former Flamingo restaurant would be remodeled as a new visitor center.  Lots more details of the plans are available in this park service brochure.   

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