Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is undergoing major renovation and expansion. The renovation of the south runway was completed in September 2014. Shortly a new concourse will be open to the public.
Construction will continue to 2018. However the airport is still open for business and planes continue to land and takeoff dispite the mess.
David “Lee Brown constructed this sculpture by connecting industrial steel tubing materials, then twisted the linear configuration to give the form of ‘flight’ to the whole composition. It reminds the viewer of time-lapsed photography of up-lifting motion.” (Source: Broward.org)
This structure is at the entrance to the Greenbelt Airport Park on Griffin Road south of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The Airport Greenbelt Park on the south side of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was opened in 1991. At that time visitors could watch small commercial and private planes like Cessnas and Falcons take off and land on the south runway. That runway was not long enough for larger planes made by Boeing, Airbus and Embraer.
In September 2014 the expansion of the south runway was completed as part of the airport expansion and renovation project. Plane spotters and photographers can now get close-up views of Airbus A319/A320/A321, Boeing 737s and Embraer 175/190.
Here is an American Eagle airliner (Embraer 175) before and during takeoff on the south runway.
Looking for a new place to spend a few minutes with friends, family or by yourself?
First, here are a few things to know about this little-known place. It is a park that covers about 30 acres. It has a well maintained grassy area and tress under which you can sit to have lunch. It also has a walking trail, a small lake/pond, and a viewing area from which you can watch planes takeoff and land.
The park is in the city of Dania Beach on the south side of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. It’s official name is Airport Greenbelt Park. You can enter the park off Griffin Road at 10th Avenue between I-95 and U.S Hwy 1.
One great feature of the park is its elevation. The park was originally build to act as a sound barrier between the airport and the residents on the south side of Griffin Road nearby. There are lots of trees to help buffer the noise from the planes especially on takeoffs. The view of the planes from the elevated viewing area or from the walking trail is better than the views at most airports.
Here are some of the images taken from the viewing area at the park.
“Broward County’s efforts to promote and implement Complete Streets began in earnest when County staff presented the concept of Complete Streets to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in 2009. Since that time, a number of County agencies, the Broward MPO, municipalities and other partners have been working to develop Complete Streets design guidelines, update codes and the Comprehensive Plan, identify and allocate funding and ultimately construct projects.”
“A Complete Streets Team was developed and has been working with its partners to continue the implementation of Complete Streets projects. Most recently, on June 10, 2014, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted Complete Streets policies into the Broward County Comprehensive Plan. A number of municipalities have adopted resolutions in support of the concept and are working toward adopting policies into their comprehensive plans…”
The images below were taken on February 3 2015 at the groundbreaking ceremony in Hollywood Florida. The south side of Sheridan Street between 66th Avenue and 70th Avenue would see new sidewalks shortly.