Miami Freedom Park: Golf Course Closed; Permits In Process

Melreese Golf Course now appears to be closed, with multiple construction permits now in process for David Beckham’s Miami Freedom Park.

As of yesterday, a closed gate was in place at the front of Melreese, with the grass beginning to become overgrown.

Records show a permit for total demolition of a building on the property is being processed by Miami’s Building Department. The permit application was submitted in March 2023, with Miami Freedom Park listed as the tenant/lessee.

A tree permit was applied for on May 24. A total of 731 trees are to be removed, the permit filing states.

There’s also another tree permit in process for the removal of 227 trees on an adjacent parcel that also makes up the Miami Freedom Park site. That permit was applied for on May 8.

A site work permit for the main parcel was applied for in March. The work is estimated to be valued at $30,759,715, in the excavation/piles/site and soil improvement category.

Another site work permit for the adjacent parcel was also applied for in March, with work there estimated to be worth $5,240,284.

 

Melreese gate closed. A Google Maps listing states the golf course is permanently closed: 

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Downtowner
3 months ago

This should’ve been in Overtown

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yea it should have been webbed into the city fabric closer to downtown and the metro

Anonymous
3 months ago

The Miami Airport Metrorail stop is within walking distance of Melreese……..what are you even talking about

Anonymous
3 months ago

…and Marlins Park should have been at Museum Park instead of the giant doggy toilet today. Get over it.

Anon
3 months ago

The delusion….no one goes to the Marlins Games. Having a park is much better.

Talk about delusion!
3 months ago

No one goes to Miami MLS games either, their attendance ranks dead last in MLS and has been dropping further as time goes by.

Iker Fierro
3 months ago

probably because the stadium location is inconvenient to the fans, most of which live in Miami

Anon
3 months ago

The previous Miami MLS franchise played in Dolphin Stadium and folded due to lack of attendance.

Facts
3 months ago

No they didn’t. They played in a smaller stadium on the exact same site Inter Miami is playing now. You just pulled that right out of your ass.

Vet
3 months ago

The league was at its worst and the team was never promoted. This will be different.

Anon
3 months ago

Stop it! Thats so incorrect… Miami Fusion played in Ft. Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale
3 months ago

Fort Lauderdale. Soccer games are in Fort Lauderdale.

Huge Disaster
3 months ago

Miami Marlins baseball team. They barely sell 1,000 tix a game.

$3 Billion
3 months ago

$3 Billion. Elected officials forced taxpayers to give up the 40 acre Orange Bowl Park and taxpayers are forced to pay over $3 Billion, including debt service, for the new Marlins stadium.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Best news for today. Bring a train to it!!!

Ricardo
3 months ago

Someone call Brightline!

BDub
3 months ago

It’s just a walk and a swim from the Multimodal Center 😉

Anonymous
3 months ago

Its a 10 minute walk, how are you complaining about that?

Cover the Podium
3 months ago

All they have to do is just run extension over to the airport station. They Has to be in the plans

YES!
3 months ago

They need to build a connection to the metrorail!

Anonymous
3 months ago

It already is, you can walk 5 blocks…

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s cross-country for people who want Metromover stops on every block of Brickell and an extension to Wynwood. I believe his point was to extend to Metrorail down NW 37th Avenue to Douglas Road Station, with a stop here and other areas in between.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That would be awesome!

Anon
3 months ago

Ah yes – 5 blocks next to an interstate, and then over a canal. Perfect for families!

Anonymous
3 months ago

The bridge has a sidewalk. Americans need to learn how to walk

Choo Choo
3 months ago

Think the plan is for a pedestrian bridge over the canal

Anon
3 months ago

Its not “Beckham’s” freedom park. Its a Mas office park on public land that may or may not include the soccer stadium some day.

Anon
3 months ago

And the Miami MLS team might fold before the office park portion is completed. They know there’s a problem. That’s why they’re in no rush to build a new stadium.

Mas
3 months ago

Mas Office Park and Mas Mall. Oh, and Mas Hotel. And Jorge Mas and Francis Suarez are killing 130 acres of grass and trees.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami is the capital of the Latin world. If soccer wants to be a big sport in the USA, it has to consolidate itself right here, in Miami.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Really, says who?

Downtown Vagabond
3 months ago

Horrible location. What a shame Ken Russel blocked Overtown.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Screw you Ken Russell! Thank God you’re no longer district 2 commissioner. I’m gonna laugh so hard when Mas doesn’t give you any money when you try and run for congress again

Anonymous
3 months ago

He’s better than the jokester we have now. She doesn’t even know the pledge of allegiance. *face palm*

Downtown Vagabond
3 months ago

Yeah, admittedly, that was embarrassing. Miami continues to be a joke.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Well, considering on the Federal level… who’s living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and even worse at Number One Observatory Circle.

Anonymous but Famous
3 months ago

1,000 trees to be removed. In the metropolitan area that has been losing canopy the fastest in the nation. Oh well, l guess that if the underground pollution is a nightmare, it might be worth it. What worries me is the planting that will follow. First of all… lack of shade. See, Miami is a victim of Temperate Zone Imperialism. So that vast open areas of grass so favorable for NYC will be rammed down our throats. Second: the few shrubs which so many birds usually count on will all be hedges. That means extra work for personnel, no flowers for the bees, no fruits for the birds, AND sice God forbid none of the cuttings are used for mulch, more stuff to the landfill. Third, like 5 species will be chosen, all the same size and no doubt cousins within each species of one another. Should a disease strike, the species will all go down like dominoes. Fourth, of special concern is the live oak, the species now in fashion. But you see, the drop dead southernmost point of their range is Matheson Hammock. AND we’re getting hotter! With easily 2,000 species to choose from among natives and their forefathers in Latin America! For example, how about 40 native Ficus citrifolia?

Anon
3 months ago

Drop dead southernmost point my ass…I grew up 6 miles south of Matheson Hammock, had wild live oak in the yard still from decades before the house was built.

Bruno
3 months ago

Yeah…welll..that’s just your opinion….man.

Truth
3 months ago

These speculators file to kill 1,000+
trees. Miami faces Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. Canada is battling 400 forest fires. Yet here in Miami these jerks want to kill 1,000+ trees. And cover a 130 acre park in concrete.

Huge Disaster
3 months ago

Jorge Mas applied to kill over 1,000 trees. Mas wants to kill grass and trees and cover up to 130 acres of a public park in concrete.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The same people who complain that the stadium is moving to Melreese instead of Overtown are the same people that complain that Downtown is way too overcrowded.

D17
3 months ago

Not me. Downtown Miami is growing into the nicest metro centers in the world. We cannot get golf courses back. No one watches MLS soccer and if they did they should play in Hard Rock Stadium. This is a joke of an office park and they once again changed the renderings showing it will mostly be land waiting to be developed. No park. No green. No golf. And probably no soccer. Just more commercial real estate.

Bruno
3 months ago

What are you talking about?
This is an exceptional location for an office park with hotels.

Mas joke
3 months ago

Inter Fort Lauderdale. Mas will never build a soccer stadium in Miami…

F L Olmstead
3 months ago

What is exactly the purpose of these giant lawns….? Who’s using these on a daily basis? No one in Miami dares to be out there (heat + rain); they rather be at the beach and rightly so. Designing a park with giant lawns a la Central Park doesn’t work in the tropics. If they were going to have lawns this size might as well make them a golf course.

Messi fan
3 months ago

Let’s build it fast so Messi can play there

Anonymous
3 months ago

lets begin the tree massacre

Ferrè’ Museum Whatever
3 months ago

Or reallocation to Museum Park! Please

Asterisk
3 months ago

Necessary to complete the much needed environmental cleanup. Well worth it ultimately.

Toadie
3 months ago

Written by a Mas lobbyist…