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New River Greenway Opens in Broward County




Broward County residents can now walk, bicycle, rollerblade, jog, recreate and enjoy the first segment of the New River Greenway that parallels I-595 from 136th Avenue to University Drive in Plantation.

The Broward County Greenway system is a planned countywide network of safe and clean bicycle, pedestrian paths, nature trails and waterways. The idea was first introduced by Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs in 1999.

"This has been a long time coming and it is just the beginning. What a pleasure it will be when you can safely walk, jog, or hop on a bike with your family and travel throughout our County," said Commissioner Jacobs. "The Greenway network is designed to provide a venue for alternative modes of transportation, opportunities for recreation, neighborhood improvements, restoration of native plants and wildlife habitats and improve our quality of life."

In 2002, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved the Greenways Master Plan and individual plans for priority corridors. The New River Greenway is the first to be completed and was originally part of a $5.9 million grant provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to Broward County. However, when plans to build the I-595 Express Corridor got underway, the location of the planned Greenway was modified and completed by FDOT.