Miami’s First Ever ‘Skate Plaza’ Is Now Under Construction Downtown

A massive Skate Plaza is under construction in downtown Miami, and backers are saying it will be the first of its kind in all of South Florida.

Lot 11 Skate Park will span 45,000 square feet when complete. It will feature multiple skate areas catering to all skateboarding skill levels and styles, including state-of-the-art contest courses, bowl and transition sections, and a flexible “real street” beginner’s area.

An organization called Skate Free is building the park in partnership with the Miami Parking Authority, Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Miami. Funding of over $1.8 million dollars for the park has been provided by The Sandra James and Barry Katz Charitable Lead Trust and the city of Miami.

“This is the skate park that Miami has always deserved,” said Nick Katz, Skate Free Co-Founder. “We are an amazing city for skateboarding and now with Lot 11, we will have people from all over the world flocking here to skate. This has been a dream of Skate Free for many years and I am happy we can finally bring this longstanding vision to fruition.”

Skate Free also built other skate parks in the area, including at downtown’s former Grand Central park.

Completion is scheduled for November 2019. It will be open to the public 7 days a week and will be free.

“This is a great opportunity to forge community in the western area of downtown Miami by activating what was just a another surface parking lot into an amazing new facility for kids and their parents.” said Miami Parking Authority CEO Art Noriega.

 

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Anonymous

Hold up! The city actually got rid of parking to build something better? It’s a miracle! Someone call the Pope, the 2nd coming of Christ is here!

Anonymous

Blasphemous!

Anonymous

Awesome. Been wanting one of these for ever

Anonymous

Now this is common sense on how to use your space and money.

Anonymous

Awesome! Miami’s growing up! These are the types of developments that downtown needs more of. Taking a useless space, and activating it for public use. Wish this was around when I skated. Most of the south florida’s skateparks are in the suburbs, and none really can replicate the joy of skating in the city. Excited to swing by there and check it out once it opens.

Anonymous

Sorry man. I still associate skaters with unemployed, pot-head drop-outs. I know, I know…gimme 30 thumbs down. I deserve ’em.

Anonymous

Skateboarding is a billion dollar industry. CEOs are wearing Vans.

Anonymous

Anyone remember “Skate or Die” – good times

Anonymous

I really hope we can repurpose the rest of the area underneath the I-95 bridges to something similar.

The large fences, police parking, and county uses are necessary, but don’t add to the area.

Anonymous

Should be like the one in Venice Beach, designed for ppl watching for us too old to have the nerve to skate.

Anonymous

NICE!!!!

Anonymous

To all the people talking about the homeless. Blame it on lobbyst RON BOOK. he has been against the POTTINGER LAW being modified.

if you don’t know what it is. look it up.

guaranteed if we sent the homeless outside of his house (or any other politician)…the problem would be fixed.

as long as they are not in “their” neighborhood, it’s all fine.

Anonymous

Are you in LA ?

Anonymous

Finally!!! a good news, a great project, a meaningful addition to downtown.

Anonymous

I’m a bum and I’m really looking forward to moving into this skate park.

Anonymous

hopefully, they are planning on having a few cops nearby. Skatepark attack hoodrats… Goodluck hope I’m wrong though.

Anonymous

Or medical emergency services for posers who think they can skate, but will inevitably break a bone or two often.

Anonymous

First off, could you be any more blatantly racist? Second, the police station is literally across the street. Third, Lot 11 has existed as a pop up in the past. This is just making it permanent. Unless you live and work in the area, it’s clear you’re not aware and just want to complain about a certain demographic.

Anonymous

a hoodrat doesn’t have a color of skin. Stop calling people racist to prove a point.

Anonymous

You are the one who is a racist. Because you are reading into something that is not there. I grew up in South Philadelphia where all of us were hood rats, including Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and every other mixture in between.

Anonymous

Again, you are still using the term incorrectly. But then again, you did grow up in South Philly. Just sayin’. Geno’s rocks.

Anonymous

Hoodrat is coded language just like when people say “urban.” It has racist implications. Good for you, northerner, but you’re in the south now.

Anonymous

Hoodrats are not a demographics.

Anonymous

So first you’re insensitive to coded language, and then unsurprisingly use gay as a synonym for stupid. Goes to show you’re the ignorant one. Don’t ever use a group of people as a synonym for stupid.

Anonymous

Okay, mouth breather.

Anonymous

I have read the posts several times…
Nothing racist.

Anonymous

Hoping for cops because of “hoodrats” when there is a police station across the street seems to be a bit much, don’t you think? Suggesting we need cops because of a perceived demographic/profile of skateboarders is problematic. Everyone’s comments on homeless and pot and anticipation of a nuisance implies there’s a problem with the future users of this park. Since the majority of our homeless population is black, it sounds like y’all don’t want black and brown folks in “your” neighborhood. Y’all are being casually racist and not even realizing it. I bet y’all lock your car doors as soon as a homeless or black person walks by. Just an FYI, we hear the car doors lock. We aren’t coming for you; we’re just crossing the street. Just one example of casual racism.

Anonymous

Do you mean like Wynwood? Because in Wynwood it’s called art. In the black neighborhoods, you call it graffiti.

Anonymous

there will be graffiti all over this skatepark within weeks of opening.

Anonymous

Yup…Wynwood art.

Anonymous

Do you mean like Wynwood? You call it art in Wynwood, but in black neighborhoods you call it graffiti.

Anonymous

well I still call the “”art”” in Wynwood graffiti

Anonymous

There is very little “art” in Wynwood. There is however, lots of graffiti.

Anonymous

Most of the graffiti around this county is done by hispanics involved in gangs.

Anonymous

I gave you a thumbs up, but I don’t think it will help.

Anonymous

Will it deter street skateboarding? It’s a nuisance up there with the aggressive homeless. Like Love Park was in Philadelphia, the Challenger Memorial at Bayfront Park is completely destroyed by street skateboarders as an infamous skate spot to the extent the X Games even made a course based off it.

Interested

Take a few bucks from the budget and pressure clean those columns and beams. I don’t see any lighting either.

Dfcortes67

Finally Miami is catching up to what so many cities have been investing in, it’s residents. Through the hard work of Skate Free and the City of Miami, in addition to the contributions of the Sandra James and Barry Katz Foundations, Miami will have an opportunity to bring skateboarding to a premier level, something it had been denied for so long. Skateboarding has proven to be such a unifier in many cities such as New York’s Pier 62 skatepark. This is a real gift and I hope the community really takes care of it because it is a beautiful park.

Anonymous

Will it be free and open access to all like the ones in real cities?

Anonymous

Who’s going to pay for the broken bones- the city or the county ?

Anonymous

How much is this going to cost tax payers fighting court suits from broken arms, broken legs, broken neck injuries from kids and parents ?

Anonymous

About to see some homeless “skateboarders”

Anonymous

The homeless were gonna be there regardless. At least there’s a mix now.

Anonymous

Yup. And the all those people who will now be flocking here to skate will all share a Red Bull and their e-liquid. Great for the local economy.

Anonymous

I don’t think skateboarders are afraid of Homeless People…after all they just are just regular people.

Anonymous

Great opportunity to kick away all the homeless. Why don’t the homeless move to Doral? Miramar? Kendall? Aventura?

Anonymous

You kidding me? Now they will have a park under cover and pools when it rains. Why would they go anywhere else?

Miami Realist

What a waste of money. There’s not so many skaters around downtown to build this crap.This money could have been used to relocate the homeless elsewhere and build them some shelters far out west.

Anonymous

Let me guess, you’d prefer a shuffleboard court?

Anonymous

STFU.

Anonymous

wow, homeless people will have a place to sleep at night and during the day can have an entertaining, lol

Anonymous

Get a basic education.