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.