First Look At Canopy Park In South Beach: ‘Rivals Public Spaces In The World’s Greatest Cities’

Canopy Park in South Beach is now officially complete, and developers of the project have revealed new details behind the design and sustainability features built in.

The 3-acre public park was built and donated to the city by TCH 500 Alton, LLC, in exchange for zoning increases that allowed a 48-story tower to be built next door (that tower, known as Five Park, is under construction with completion scheduled for 2024).

TCH 500 Alton is a partnership between developers David Martin and Russell Galbut.

“We’ve created a vibrant community asset that brings people together while providing a design experience that rivals public spaces in the world’s greatest cities,” said Galbut.

The park includes open greenspaces shaded by native tree species, pedestrian trails and bike paths, an outdoor gym and dog run, a MONSTRUM-designed “natural play” children’s playground, and public art displays.

The playground features a slide inspired by Rosie the Elephant, the city mascot created by Miami Beach founder Carl Fisher.

The park also features 600 wild orchids, planted by The Million Orchid Project, the National Orchid Garden, and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Landscaping comprises nearly 40 different plant and tree species. There have been 221 trees and 121 palms newly planted in the park, of which 80 percent are native, and 100 percent are low maintenance and tolerant of drought. The varied plant biodiversity will help balance ecosystems, mitigate soil erosion, decrease urban heating effects, provide habitats for threatened animals, and protect watersheds from destructive floods, developers said.

At the north end of the park is the Maritime Hammock. The hammock offers shade, captures carbon and toxins from the air, and diminishes the urban heat island effect. It also restores natural habitats, regenerates roosting areas, and provides feeding opportunities for birds, bats, native bees, and other pollinators. The goal is to replicate the original tropical forests once found in Miami Beach.

The park also has a 25,000-gallon cistern to capture excess runoff during major storm events, controlled by sensors.  The cistern has enough capacity to water the park for a week without replenishment. The park also has bioswales and rain gardens to filter rainwater. The result is that 90% of stormwater is captured and diverted before it ever reaches Biscayne Bay, protecting wild grasses and native species from harmful debris and pollutants.

The Miami Beach Canopy Bridge, designed by artist Daniel Buren, is expected to begin construction in 2023, providing a connection to the Baywalk and South Pointe Park.

Laurinda Spear’s ArquitectonicaGEO was the landscape architect for the park.

A referendum on the name of the park is being discussed at a meeting of Miami Beach commissioners today.

 

(photos: World Red Eye)

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Anonymous
1 month ago

There is at Least 50% less Trees planted than what was approved on the Zoning Package in earlier Months. Lack of Shade and promised Trees in this park just makes this like any other Miami public space that are always empty because of the local Climate. I don’t see how this Rivals any other well executed Green space in other Major cities If you can’t even use it. So why even bother to Build this, to collect Water?!
Oh right, It was just so that developers can build taller, right, right.

A.C.
1 month ago

Yup, lots of concrete, artificial surfaces, and minimal natural shade. I’d much prefer to spend my time around the mature trees and sprawling green spaces at Kennedy Park in the Grove.

Anon
1 month ago

Trees take time to grow. It’ll start looking nice in 5 to 10 years as the trees become establiahed barring any majpr hurricanes.

Checo
1 month ago

Kennedy park is great. Take that grumpy old guy with you. Coconut Grove is a nice slice of Heaven.

As in…Heaven’s waiting room.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

There are lot’s of families in the Grove it isn’t anything close to a retirement community.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s as if you’ve never stepped a foot into Coconut Grove…..

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t care.. I’m here to look at hot bodes in string bikinis!

Anne A.
1 month ago

NY’s Central Park has 18,000 trees at 21.35 trees per acre. Landon’s famous Regents Park has 6,000 trees at 14.63 per acre. This little neighborhood park has 73.66 trees per acre, not counting all the palms. They’ll grow, as trees tend to do, and they’ll be great.

My pronouns are F and U.
1 month ago

Take that haters!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t care.. I come to Miami Beach to see big booties in bikinis not some drab people in a park.

Boris
1 month ago

This is an incredibly selective way to measure these places. My balcony is about about 30 sq ft. On it I have several plants. I’m too lazy to do the math but I suspect I have 2000 trees per acre on said balcony. Based on your criteria my balcony makes Regents Park look like Skid Row.

Checo
1 month ago

Boris, do you have enough room to fit a couple of grumpy old men on that balcony?
I’ll bet the conversation about greedy developers donating parks that are not good enough for their personal liking will be fascinating!!

Wish I could join that fun-filled mixer, but I have plans that day.

Just me
1 month ago

Lol…love your comment.

Checo
1 month ago

It will be amazing that it is connected to the pedestrian bridge, Miami Beach Marina, South Pointe Park, the Pier, and miles and miles of oceanfront sand and boardwalk. Imagine walking from this park around the tip of Miami Beach and then north all the way to the edge of the city. There aren’t many cities in world where a park extends from the northern border south around the tip of the southern boarder then wraps around past a marina and into a park with Rosie the Elephant, are there?

Your assumption that people won’t use this park will be proven wrong by looking at the people who are using it.

Maybe you can’t use it…but many people will.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hello Checo, its me! the Grumpy old man. I live in the Bentley Bay, it’s directly across this park so I’m rather familiar with this project. My comment above is in response to the claim that this public space “Rivals Public Spaces In The World’s Greatest Cities” which its not true. It’s a great park with great features by the way, but its not one of the best public spaces in the world, sorry.

Mr. Fort
1 month ago

Looks great, but 3 acres of public space is hardly worth mentioning on an international scale.

Evan
1 month ago

Went to Peru recently and let me tell you Lima blows this away. Just endless miles of beautiful parks along the coast

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice. Hopefully west Miami Beach develops into a getaway from the now ratchet east side.

Anonymous
1 month ago

… and no, you can’t bring your dogs here!

Manny
1 month ago

Good, no all the people want to put up with your dogs I always had dogs in my life but never bothered any one with our dogs now even is a restaurant people want to bring there dogs too enough.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Beautiful park, and it will be even better when the Five Park Tower and the pedestrian bridge connecting it to South Point Park are built.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

It reminds me of La Mexicana (Search It up if you don’t know it)

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, I know that beautiful park located in the Santa Fe district in Mexico City.

Ciparoo
1 month ago

Very cool park but this is so tiny as to be irrelevant when ur talking about like..real city parks?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Who cares?.. it’s on Miami Beach!

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

They weren’t going to bulldoze entire neighboring buildings just to make the park compare to others in the world that were built way before the city was very urbanized

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re right. Anyway, if you wanna go to and see a very, very large park, go to the Everglades National Park. Trust me, its all the “park” you’ll ever need.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Cool. Now let’s connect them all with basic transit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I thought the bus goes by here?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sorry, I meant real transit. Like light rail and or the mover / metrorail. Real Transit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What, you can’t drive?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not sure why advocating for transit = doesn’t know how to drive.
Yes, I know how to drive. I’ve just lived in other cities like Boston and New York and Chicago that have functional transit for their citizens, which connects the city and strengthens the overall economy for individual neighborhoods.

Checo
1 month ago

Great cities of old….massive city and state taxes, crime, and waning population in all of them.

Miami Beach’s economy is very strong. Hotel occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR are leading every one of those cities you mentioned with “functional transit”.

Is it possible….
Could it be….
Are you open to the idea that Transit isn’t the end all be all?

Is it possible, that the investment grade bond ratings for Miami Beach has a lot to do with how money is invested in parks and beaches instead of cheap access for cheap people to ruin those parks and beaches?
Maybe?
Could it be possible?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wow.. cheap people will come all the way to Miami Beach to do something they can where they come from and that’s frolic in a park.

Boy, you’re really smart Checo.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The s and 120 bus line I believe are the busiest lines in the system

Anonymous
1 month ago

yes because there is literally no other choice

Checo
1 month ago

If it turns out that building your Dream Transportation Project cost X dollars to build amortized over 50 years, and the Operating cost per rider were X dollars per year…..then we divide the annual operational cost by the number of riders from the year before an add 1/50th of the amortized capital expenditure…would YOU personally pay the full cost of that ticket??

Does that calculus accompany the wish for ANOTHER basic transit connection.

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.

Checo
1 month ago

Soo…
You ask for a basic transit connection. Evidence is provided that there are multiple pedestrian access points.
“No…not that basic. I want transit connections”
Evidence is provided that there is a widely popular, flexible, and affordable transit connection,.
“Well…yeah….what I am asking for already exists…and is wildly popular with the people who need the affordable, reliable, transit, but I want there to be more choices. If there were more expensive choices that might take away the ridership of of the widely popular, affordable and existing choices.”

At what cost my dear Bostonian/New Yorker/Chicagoan?

Looks like your “solution” is looking for a a problem.

Anonymous
1 month ago

you’re 100% correct Miami has a fantastic, reliable, highly efficient and world class public transportation system. My bad.

Manny
1 month ago

Give me a break, go to Europe and they do have good transportation system. Not here in Miami .

Checo
1 month ago

There is a pedestrian bridge connecting to the bay walk, beach walk, and boardwalk. How much more connected….or how much more basic do you want?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Beautiful. Finally!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope more sustainable features are added to more developments in miami. Love this

30kmillionMIA
1 month ago

Canopy Park, but where is the tree canopy? 🌳

jbdas
1 month ago

well done Miami Beach. This is the only way to ensure park space gets built. Have to force these developers who always will need something zoning/approvals wise. They should do the same for the giant green space in the center of midtown between starbucks and home goods.

chongalicious
1 month ago

do you remember when the guy was building that into a tropical oasis??? he had a lot of trees brought in and build small hills too….he ran outta money and time and reverted it to the bland dog shit field it is today….

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wish Joe Carollo would take note of this park and make Museum Park look more like it!

Anonymous
1 month ago

What, they both have no little to no shade trees.

white flight
1 month ago

exactly

No roads, no rail, no future
1 month ago

For the first time Miami politicians aren’t just on another hyperbolic ramble with no basis in a semblance of reality. This park is on par with what I have seen in residential areas of world metropolises like Seoul, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Milan, etc.

Boris
1 month ago

Yeah looks like every other park in Miami. I’m not sure if these people have ever been to any of “the world’s greatest cities.”

Checo
1 month ago

I have been around the world a bit. China, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Panama Cuba, Canada, Mexico, and a bunch of Caribbean countries.

My favorite parts of nearly every trip was returning home to Miami Beach. Nothing beats the eastern sunrise view as you head over the MacArthur Causeway with cruiseships on your right, islands on your left, with sailboats, yachts and palm trees everywehre.

This park is a great new addition to the northbound curve on Alton.

32 year resident of West avenue.
1 month ago

I have been to this park a couple times with my daughter we tried eating at the eating area but no shade and homeless people sleeping on the other table. I took my 5 year old daughter to slide down the elephant slide made of metal that was burning hot under no shade what’s so ever. Another metal slide that also sits in the sun half the day and you see hardly any of the kids using it. Alot of parent’s talk about how there is no shade and not even under the chairs they have for you to sit on to watch your kids, it’s to hot to even sit there. I don’t think who ever made this park does not live in Florida. You have this metal chrome looking space for workouts the metal becomes so hot you can not even touch it. Who wants to wait for tree’s to grow. You most definitely have to put an awning over those metal areas or more mature tree’s. Overall it is a beautiful park.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Next time, take your daughter up the street to Flamingo Park.

Canopy Park
1 month ago

This looks like shit compared to the renderings.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s because some people want to turn Miami Beach into Mayberry RFD.

lol…

Your friendly neighbor
1 month ago

It’ll be a very long time before you can enjoy a walk in the park , between the extreme heat and the mosquitoes you’d be lucky to walk for 15 minutes.

Sorry to break it to you folks but Miami Beach or Miami are not walkable cities, and probably never will be .

BeachResident
1 month ago

The whole area smells like raw sewage! I know because I drive by to and from work. I cannot imagine being there for more than 2 minutes in a park and tolerating that horrible sulphuric smell, which has been around for years, no one knows what it is.

Steve Hagen. More Parks for Miami on Facebook
1 month ago

Appears until the trees grow this park could use some 50% shade screen stretched across large areas to provide shade but allow grass and plants to grow. We have all seen it.

This is done on every playground in Australia. I think it federal law for sun safety! Steve Hagen. More Parks for Miami on Facebook

Realtalk Reilly
1 month ago

The little park is cute and everything but it was a stupid deal. The developer bought the whole parcel and got permission to put a ridiculously high tower on one half, in exchange for building and donating a city park on the other half.

I guarantee that when you all see the completed tower and realize how freakishly, obnoxiously out of scale it is for its surroundings, you will all agree with me on this: Aesthetically speaking it would’ve been better for the City to tell the developer to skip the park and instead build two buildings that are half the height of the one they’re putting up now.

Anon
1 month ago

Not sure what you are talking about there are about 10 tall high rises in the area, including a couple around the same height.

Azarius
1 month ago

ion know bout rivaling parks in the united states

Anonymous
1 month ago

I use Lithium ion batteries for my 18volt dewalt hammer drill

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wait until homeless and street skaters ruin it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not Miami….NEXT, lol