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September 26, 2007
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
Student Architects share their vision for Flamingo in
new exhibit at Everglades National Park

Architecture students from Miami-Dade County’s Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) sketch the future of Flamingo in a new exhibit of student work that opens Saturday October 6 at the main visitor center at Everglades National Park.

The students toured Flamingo earlier this year at the invitation of the South Florida National Parks Trust as part of a class project on rebuilding the historic destination inside the park.

Flamingo Lodge and other park facilities on Florida Bay were battered by back-to-back hurricanes in 2005. Much of the damage has been repaired, but Flamingo Lodge and the park’s collection of rental cabins remain closed, as do the park gift shop and restaurant.

Everglades National Park is preparing a commercial services plan to guide future development in Flamingo. DASH students were invited to participate in the process by creating their own designs for Flamingo. The project began in late February with a class trip to the park.

Park Ranger Maureen McGee-Ballinger and Park Planner Fred Herling led the students and their teacher Eric Hankin on a tour of the park, beginning on the Anhinga Trail and concluding in Flamingo, where the students inspected Flamingo Lodge.
Coconut Grove Architect Alyn Pruett, a member of the consulting team that is preparing the commercial services plan, joined the tour to share his expertise with students.
The exhibit opens on Saturday October 6 at 3 p.m. with a reception for participating students at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. The show will remain on display through Saturday October 27.
The visitor center, located on State Road 9336 approximately 10 miles southwest of Florida City, is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 305-242-7700, or log onto for more information.

The South Florida National Parks Trust was established in 2002 to improve the quality of life in South Florida by supporting the region’s national parks. The Trust supports these parks through fund-raising and community outreach.