Commissioners Vote To Redesign Convention Center Park With 2 Acres Of Unshaded Space

With little discussion, Miami Beach commissioners unanimously approved a plan to increase the open lawn at a park across from the convention center at a meeting yesterday.

The changes will mean that the open, unshaded lawn space will triple in size from 28,000 square feet to 87,000 square feet at the 5.8-acre park.

In a short presentation, officials claimed that the tree count won’t be reduced, only that they will be rearranged at the edges of the park. Hardscape would be reduced by at least 13 percent, officials said.

Miami Beach’s Design Review Board still needs to approve the changes, with board review likely in November.

An increase in the open lawn area is needed to allow for Design Miami, an annual five-day furniture show founded by Craig Robins. The city wants to sign a new ten year deal, which could put much of the park off limits to residents for up to two months of the year to allow for setup and removal of fair tents.

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Dave
3 years ago

Museum Park Part 2. They left that huge lawn but have not needed it for any events. Events have chosen Bayfront park instead. Even Cirque du Soliel left for the HRS parking lots. It just sits there idle as people stay along the edges where the trees are, avoiding the vast treeless hell-scape in the middle of the park. There have at least been some goings on with the city considering putting a fancy playground there.

Marc305
3 years ago

You are absolutely correct. Many people on this site love to push for “more parks and green space” while the parks that we do have are always empty. Main reason is because there is no shade and it is too damn hot! I go to Museum Park in the winter when it is cloudy and I love it, but there is no way I would be there today when the temperature is 92 and the real feel is 110.

Anonymous
3 years ago

As I remember, the original design was scrapped due to budget concerns, and now as more funds become available, Museum Park is completed as originally designed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Its still not completed as originally designed. There were more shade tree, there was a water feature, and I believe there was a pedestrian bridge over the slip to Parcel B.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What we really need more of are smaller urban parks and plazas. Areas with lots of residents and offices where people can lounge, relax, and socialize comfortably. These smaller local spaces would get more regular use than large, destination parks, and would really increase quality of life and aesthetics of urban neighborhoods. A little bit here and there can go a long way and also get a lot of bang for the buck.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Agree 100%, we should have several large parks and a lot of small TREE SHADED parks and plazas.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We can’t have smaller parks when each building requires a multi-hundred parking podium.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yup, I see more people at the tiny pocket park at Icon Bay than I do at Museum Park.

aceraroja
3 years ago

That little scrap of nothing in front of the Flatiron sales center has more people in it than Museum park haha. Because it’s lovely and shaded and near, uh, things.

aceraroja
3 years ago

“What we really need more of are smaller urban parks and plazas. Areas with lots of residents and offices where people can lounge, relax, and socialize comfortably.”

This, exactly.

Marc306
3 years ago

The greatest thing Miami could do is have continuous, shaded, public waterfront promenades. Complete the riverwalk and add more trees/lighting. Do the same for the Baywalk and maybe add food trucks/containers/beer gardens along them. World class cities have these amenities on their waterfronts. Stop investing in failed parks and give us parks, infrastructure, and entertainment all in one.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I propose that the City Commission should be forced to conduct all future meetings in the un-shaded area of the park, rather than their air-conditioned concrete bunker. A day like today would be especially nice for them. Sell outs!

Anonymous
3 years ago

What a disgrace, so much for the city being a leader in sustainability.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Just scrap the park. No one will use it without any shade.

From Miami
3 years ago

87,000 square feet, it’s 1/5 of the parking lot, it’s not so bad!

Gene
3 years ago

What’s equally troubling is he fact that this was passed with little discussion from the Park commission. They want the open unshaded area because some exhibition wants it that way for a short time of the uteat – they don’t want the residents to use it. Just like in Miami. Wake up and show up at meetings and voice your disapproval.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree. It would be helpful if TNM would publish the date of these meetings before it is voted on so that we can go and voice our concerns. Interesting to find out how well the commissioners know Craig Robins and how many times they met him especially in social settings before.