New Park Now Under Construction In South Beach, Will Include 500 Trees

Miami Beach is getting a brand new park, with construction now underway.

Completion is scheduled for December of this year, in time for Art Basel.

A surface parking lot across from the Miami Beach Convention Center is being demolished to make way for the new green space, which could be named Pride Park if the city approves, mayor Dan Gelber wrote on Instagram.

Around 500 trees will be planted as part of construction. Total new park space is 5.8 acres.

The park is being designed to host tents for the Design Miami show, and setup and removal in preparation for the show will mean the main lawn area of the park is closed off to the public for around two months of every year.  Trees were removed from the design for central area of the park and relocated to the edges to accommodate show’s tents.

Separately, another 3-acre park is planned to begin construction soon at the entrance to South Beach, on the 500 Alton Road block.

 

(photo: dan gelber)

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous

I’ll make sure to come back to this tomorrow to see what creative ways people have come up with to complain about this…

Anonymous

Here is something negative…as i walk by there every day I noticed the machinery they use is ridiculously small in comparison to the size of the lot. My bet is Art Basel 2020.

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I really hope they don’t call it Pride Park. The gay community has no connection to this random ass park. Call it Memorial Park or something.

Anonymous

Agreed. I am as gay as a 3 dollar bill and I have no connection to that area I also don’t like things being called Pride it reminds me of Wilton manors a.k.a. the 1980s so silly call it something more modern. The gay park was flamingo Park back in the day, but I digress that’s for another blog

Anonymous

same here… i go to twist a few times a month, and like that we have multiple gay bars, but I don’t want Miami Beach to be defined as a “gay city”… This is what happens when gov appropriates identity for profits

suomynona

Rainbow Park it is.

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YASSSSS Park.

Anonymous

Hope they plant Banyan Trees

peej

I hope they skip the Banyans & go for Live Oaks. Banyan tree roots grow very wide & shallow & don’t fare well during our larger storms.

Anonymous

Please put a lot of thick BUSCHES to make cruise friendly!

Anonymous

For the creeps showing their pride?

Anonymous

Ok. Now we talking.

Anonymous

It’ll take years for the trees to grown like in the renderings, assuming a hurricane doesn’t uproot everything.

Anonymous

The green park people on here either rejoice or say: “not enough”

RTH

Tomata Duplenty Park

finehoe

Native species only, please.

Realtalk Reilly

This park is basically just a big grass lawn with a bunch of trees on it. It looks nice, but looking nice is literally all it’s good for — providing a picturesque view for the people who live on properties adjoining it.

People go to Flamingo Park because it has utilitarian features — soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, dog park, swimming pool, etc. This park serves no practical purpose. In Miami’s year-round heat, nobody wants to go outside to just sit on the grass and read a book or whatever. Even under the shade of a tree, it’s too hot!

A better use for the space would’ve been a bigger and better community pool than the one at Flamingo, maybe with waterslides and a wave pool and stuff like that.

If nothing else they should build a permanent stage/bandstand on the east side by the Convention Center, facing into the U-shape formed by the trees. Then people will at least go there to see free concerts and whatnot. But the rest of the time it will be vacant and used primarily at night as a homeless encampment.

Anonymous

it needs some rainbows

Anonymous

it will later be renamed gay pride park from protesters from the gay community claiming they don’t have any parks named after them.

Anonymous

Lol…..

Anonymous

Pretty sure I haven’t heard a single complaint about that… Your comment is unnecessary and serves no purpose.

Anonymous

Yes, I’m planning my trip to Miami and it’s Beaches to spend time under a tree.

Miami truly has intelligent developers with a lot of money.

Anonymous

Not everyone in Miami Beach is a tourist, there are plenty of us that live here that want more green space throughout the city. I’m sure most people would rather go to an event in a shaded park than a scorching hot parking lot.

Anonymous

Um, what events are they planning there?.. especially when in the picture it shows that this park is next to the “AIR CONDITIONED” Convention Center.

Anonymous

OMG did you even read the article? I swear if it isn’t a tweet no one reads anything anymore. IT SAYS IN THE SECOND TO LAST PARAGRAPH.

Anonymous

The article?.. lol.. like I said, “what events?”

Anonymous

Move on troll…

Anonymous

Awwww looky, he learned a new word, “troll.” I bet you’re so proud of yourself….

Anonymous

Thank you, I’m one of the millions of people that live in Miami and go to the beach maybe once a year. Like everyone goes to New York to go to times square for New Year’s? Don’t be so narrowminded get a grip all of you

Anonymous

Just wait for that 1pm Sun to hit…You’ll wish you were under a tree that an intelligent developer paid for.

Anonymous

Really?.. well I guess I purchased that fifteen thousand BTU air conditioner for nothing.

Anonymous

You have a bad attitude.

Anonymous

Born in Miami wayyy before you were… I’m a realist.

Anonymous

Quite the opposite actually, sounds like you don’t get out much.

Anonymous

Have been to places you can only dream of. I remember and saw it when Miami Beach was referred to as “God’s waiting room.”

Please, I go back too far for you and I told you, “I’m a realist.”