Miami Beach Getting Over 30 Acres Of New Parks & Renovating Existing Green Space

Miami Beach is getting serious about parks and greenspace.

In a letter to residents, Mayor Dan Gelber detailed plans to build over 30 acres of new parks and green space while renovating existing spaces.

Funding is in place for all of the projects, and some of the work is already underway or about to begin.

The new parks will include:

  • Par 3 Park – the biggest of all, it will include 19.5 acres at 2300 Pine Tree Drive. A lake at the center will be surrounded by a boardwalk, 259 trees, 6 tennis courts, a children’s playground, and a dog park. Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring 2020, with completion in 2021.
  • Convention Center/Pride Park – construction is underway on what was formerly a surface parking lot. The park will have 5.8 acres with over 500 new trees, a Veteran’s Memorial plaza, and open space. Completion is scheduled for December.
  • 5th & Alton – A 3-acre park with a tot lot, dog park, and green space will be connected to the baywalk and beachwalk by an elevated pedestrian bridge. A hospital on the site was recently demolished, with the park scheduled to open in 2021.
  • Collins Canal Park – 3.5 acres of greenspace has been created next to the Collins Canal as part of the convention center project. It will includes sculptures and 580 new mangroves along the canal. Opening is set for later this summer.
  • North Beach Town Center Park and Cultural Center – A surface parking lot at 72nd and Collins will be converted into a 1.5 acre park, library and aquatic center. Funding is in place, with completion expected in summer 2023.
  • Pocket park – a 9,400 square park with a tot lot and shade trees will break ground today, with completion in fall.

Funding is also now set to renovate 20 existing parks throughout the city, at a cost of $44 million.

 

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Anonymous

Meanwhile, what the heck is City of Miami doing with their $400 million “forever” bond?

suomynona

LOL

Fantastic question.

This is why I voted NO on the bond.

Anonymous

Meanwhile, what’s the City of Miami Beach doing about getting Metrorail or Baylink streetcars?

Anonymous

And why would we want that?

Anonymous

Miami Beach doing it right.

Azarius

Parks boost property values

Anonymous

Um yeah, sure.. it was “parks” on Miami Beach that the Miami Beach tourism bureau used to advertise and attract people which created all the construction the city experienced during the decades.

Meanwhile, so many people in Miami are suffering from low paying jobs, low wages, and unaffordable rent.

Azarius

All this true but parks help

Anonymous

Parks help what on Miami Beach?

The beach attracts, not some park.

Anonymous

The parks are for residents. We don’t need anymore “attractions”.

Parks&Parks

The beach is a park. A giant, beautiful, ocean front park. So yes I would say that “Parks” do attract people to Miami Beach.

Anonymous

You must be smoking some good stuff to come up with that.

Anonymous

AMAZING!!! City of Miami, take note, lets match this or better!

Anonymous

Um.. Miami has the Everglades National Park near it.. can Miami Beach beat that?

MiamiGator

Everglades National Park is not in the City of Miami

Anonymous

That’s what happens when you don’t have clowns running the city like in Miami.

Anon

i suppose the bar really is that low, but let’s not toot CMB commissioners horns too much. They’ve dropped the ball on many occasions recently.

Anonymous

I hope they build more benches for people to lounge on without having to spend money at a cafe.

Anonymous

Excellent idea. They should also spend $400M on a Baylink so the poor people who are to cool to ride busses will get to South Beach to sit on the benches and not spend any money.

Anonymous

But, if their idea is to go to South Beach just to sit on a bench, why would homeless people think they’re too cool to ride on a bus to do that?

Anonymous

LOVE IT!! the entire city should follow this!

Anonymous

Looks like someone in Miami Beach has been reading TNM with the parks and green space comments on here.

Anonymous

Yaaaaas

Anonymous

Meanwhile, Miami is allowing it’s largest greenspace to be taken over by developers to build an office park and soccer stadium.

Anonymous

Freedom Park: 58 acres of green space + tech hub, restaurants and shops, soccer fields for the community, and a free soccer stadium

0 cost.

Anonymous

… I don’t care.. WAAAAHHHHH!!!!…