Museum Park Gets New Palm Trees, Transplanted From Flagler Street

Museum Park had new palm trees planted last week, leftovers from a nearby construction project.

The trees were moved from Flagler Street, according to Ryan Rea, who lives nearby.

Construction crews broke ground in May on a 30 month project to rebuild Flagler Street and to make it more pedestrian friendly.

As part of the Flagler rebuild, city planners have promised that the street will have more shade.

Renderings show that the new trees to be planted on Flagler Street will be mostly shade trees, rather than palm trees. There are some palm trees shown in the renderings, however.

It isn’t the first time Museum Park got leftover trees from a nearby construction project.

In 2012, Swire Properties donated forty trees ranging in age from 25 to 150 years old to the Perez Art Museum section of Museum Park.

The trees were removed from the future Brickell City Centre site and transported by barge. They included historic oaks, gumbo limbos and strangler figs.

 

(photos: Ryan RC Rea)

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Anonymous
21 days ago

It is a shame the city does not pay more attention and allocate more funds for Museum Park. Ken Russell had previously promised that there would be 100 trees planted in the park….we are still waiting Ken!

Anonymous
21 days ago

Ken isn’t as hot as the mayor.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Still waiting for the fountain in Bayfront to be fixed.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I’d take Ken’s word with a grain of sand.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Very good. It would be nice if all construction sites donated trees that they need to remove.

Anonymous
21 days ago

LOL

Anonymous
21 days ago

Miami need more shade trees. Not palm trees. Thats way the city will be more walkable. The strong sun prevent people walk around. Take example of coconut grove, coral way, coral gables.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Palm trees are native and are made to withstand hurricanes better.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Gumbo limbos and Live Oaks are native too, and they do okay with hurricanes.

Anonymous
21 days ago

As for palm trees being native, there is only one, and it’s the state tree: sable palm.

Anonymous
21 days ago

People confuse “tropical” with native. Oaks are the way to go. Mahoganies?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Um, royal palms? Silver palms (threatened species)? The cabbage palm is only Florida’s State tree (despite palms not techically being trees) is because the two I mentioned only grow in the southern regions. Otherwise, when I think of cabbage palm, I think of South Carolina.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Royal palms are no longer the go-to palm to plant in a public space. Why? Their falling fronds can kill you.

Anonymous
21 days ago

those African date palms are not native LOL – they are from the desert and that’s why a lot of them die here and look out of place – they belong in Las Vegas or back home in Africa.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Floridian oak trees are native too and are more useful. Palm trees are more beautiful and are perfect for specific locations. Not for pavements to protect pedestrians from the sun.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Oak trees keep growing an growing, they’re not the right type of trees to put next to concrete walkways like you see the pictures because their roots will one day tear it up. So you’re right, Palm trees are better next to pavement in a specific location.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Raise your hand if you like driving through the Grove or Coral Gables. Drive the stretch of Coral Way between 42nd and 57th avenues. We need more of that.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Smart people DON’T plant Live Oaks close to sidewalks. Plus there is no need to since the spreading branches will reach out and cover the sidewalks from trunks further away.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Right, like how they tip over and get beheaded, killing the tree’s vital organs.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Most palm trees you see around Miami are NOT native. A couple of decades ago city planners thought selling the “tropical” look would enhance and define the city. I agree somewhat, but times (and the heat) have changed. Researchers at MIT used Google street views to determine tree covers in 26 cities around the world. Tampa came in as number one with 36% coverage. Others included Singapore, Oslo and Vancouver. According to a Miami-Dade Urban Tree Canopy Analysis, we come in at 19.9%. Think about that next time people here knock down parks.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Shade trees are terrible. They are a maintenance nightmare with leaves falling, and stain8ng and leaves plugging the storm drains. The roots are also invasive and breach into storm drains and lift sidewalk surfaces. The Palm trees is what makes Miami beautiful and makes Miami different from the majority of cities in the country. Incidentally, coconut trees do provide some shade.

Anonymous
21 days ago

SHADE METER: Oaks=100…Palms=9.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Beat park in town, imagine how many people will use it once Miami Worldcenter is open! We need Biscayne green to happen to allow more walkability in the area and we need to make traffic lights better for pedestrians.

Anonymous
21 days ago

“imagine how many people will use it once Miami Worldcenter is open!”

You’re correct, but, there’s nothing there to do or use…

Anonymous
21 days ago

Besides all the Museums?!

Anonymous
21 days ago

That’s doing and looking at something inside.. the park is outside.

Anonymous
21 days ago

It’s a park, you just go there and have a picnic or toss a football or something

Anonymous
21 days ago

^ yyyaaawwwnnn… yeah, that sounds exciting…

NYC Loves Miami
21 days ago

Parks facilitate a sense of community: lunch breaks, yoga, dating, parental bonding, working out, people watching, old folks getting out, etc… and you can practice so pick up lines for super cheap 😉

Anonymous
21 days ago

Fountains that actually work.

Anonymous
21 days ago

How many times can you pay to see the same stale exhibits? The Met it isn’t. Backwater Tampa has a better aquarium. The truth hurts, unfortunately.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Frost is disappointing. Been twice. No need to go again unless they score a coup and bring in something like the Tutankhamun exhibit in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago, or a Titanic exhibit. The PAAM is worth a visit or two…no more. Same thing applies, bring in Picasso exhibit. More people have bought tickets to the Van Gogh and Impressions 3D shows in just a few weeks than the PAMM has sold all year. MARKETING, MARKETING, MARKETING.

Anonymous
21 days ago

True, it needs a dog park, a kids playground and some restaurants by the water. They could have some restaurants on boats parked in the water slip by the Arena.

Anonymous
21 days ago

place making

Anonymous
21 days ago

oh yeah good idea LOL geez louise

Anonymous
21 days ago

Nice idea. There is a magnificent restaurant in perez already.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Original design called for a curved pedestrian bridge connecting the arena to the park. Never built.

Anonymous
21 days ago

An overpass connecting the Arena to Bayside and Bayfront would complete the process and connect both parks.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Miami 21 shows a round plaza in the intersection of Biscayne and 5th at the entrance to the port with a fountain. Never built.

Anonymous
21 days ago

So many missed opportunities to create a great waterfront…sad.

Anonymous
21 days ago

SORRY…its Miami DDA’s “Miami 2025” Downtown Master Plan. Look through it. An incredible vision for the city, but not happening fast enough.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Retired traffic lights its major problem all over city.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Biscayne Green is a ripoff of a gimicky Singapore development, and as tacky as Skyrise. Maybe if MDC sold off their parking lots on prime real estate, so it could be redeveloped and connect bayfront to MWC.

Anonymous
21 days ago

“We” don’t “Need” Biscayne green to happen. “YOU” “Want” Biscayne Greet to happen.

I walk there all the time, there is not a NEED for more traffic lights, and pedestrians get around just fine.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Enough traffic lights that turn green every 5 minutes for 10 seconds?!? What a joke. They plan on reducing the lanes and can’t wait for it to happen, we don’t need a highway in the middle of our city.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Every time I read about this park, I recall the original designs we were sold years ago, before the city gutted the budget, used the money for something else, and played politics with the park trust. Those are the types of things that make living in Miami frustrating sometimes. The city has come such a long way, with so much more potential to grow, yet the clowns in city hall continue to get in the way. Look for the original design, covered with trees, fountains, winding walkways. Beautiful. Instead we have a barren prime piece of parkland for dogs to crap on.

Anonymous
21 days ago

They are putting more trees and adding a fountain wouldn’t be that hard but I’m afraid it would end up like the one on Bayfront Park, what’s up with that fountain btw?!?😳

The park is beautiful, it just needs more budget poured into it but with Miami Worldcenter opening and with the casino possibly being built, it’s inevitable that more money will be invested onto Museum Park.

Anonymous
21 days ago

That could be years away…let’s do it NOW.

POLO
21 days ago

The palm trees look beautiful in their new home.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I agree…

Anonymous
21 days ago

Gorgeous

Anonymous
21 days ago

Check out the original designs by SavinoMiller. This park is no where near its potential. A kids play area with “dancing” fountains for fun on hot days. Historical ships? Miami has no real colonial history so Spanish galleons (Ponce de Leon), or Revolutionary War replicas don’t seem to be the right fit. A place to eat? City-run concessions would be mostly closed, run by teens on their phone, or out of something. An open air eatery? Is a commercial restaurant run by local star chef? More outdoor sculptures?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Miami DOES have a decent pre-Flagler history as Fort Dallas. The few vestiges of it are unfortunately are forgotten in Lummus Park.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Will moving Ft. Dallas there bring people in? Not big enough draw. Look at downtown waterfronts in other cities. They draw in lots of tourist dollars. Frost and PAMM need better exhibits and the park needs to be Instagram worthy. Think Millennial Park Chicago. Always packed with people.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I’m not against having open green spaces, but the park has looked ridiculously bare since it opened. Where are the oaks? It’s South FL, shade is a must.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Fantastic repurposing idea! Museum Park (which will always be referred as such) is an amazing park but it needs more foot traffic and a dog park so people stop having their dogs off leash.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Some still call it bicentennial park, but it’s now called Maurice Ferre Park after the great Miami mayor

Anonymous
21 days ago

Yeah but Museum Park is a better name considering the buildings and all the museums there. Plus sounds cool anyways.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I still call Miami-Dade County, “Dade County.” Got a problem with that?

The Red Link
21 days ago

Society Biscayne making an awesome impact on our skyline!

Anonymous
21 days ago

Mediocre building with an ugly base, soon to be joined with stacked boxes. Look at the Zyscovich masterplan for Biscayne Boulevard: tall curvy towers but with human scale elements at the street, and streetcar system. Stick to the plan!

Anonymous
21 days ago

👏👏👏

Anonymous
21 days ago

Shame they install a huge electronic billboard on the Genting bayfront. Why would the City permit this?? Forget about the baywalk with this sign looming over your head.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Margaret Pace needs some tree donations.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Mana did something good after all

CocoNut
16 days ago

Plant more Lethal Yellowing-resistant coconut palms!

Anonymous
21 days ago

lol pathetic . Bayfront is in desperate need of more shade trees not palms. Of course the city doesn’t care bc they cant skim off of free shit.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Need different style of trees for more shade. Skin cancer.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Do those palm trees have shore power?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Is there Shore Power up your bu.. ?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Still with this joke? We moved on

Anonymous
21 days ago

Extend Metromover beyond Museum Park, and power it with shore power.

Anonymous
21 days ago

That is an excellent question.
If WE want to be a TRUE World Class City, WE need to have shore power, 80ft wide sidewalks everywhere, no cars, and a Metromover from my sofa to my friend Darryl’s house.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Not called museum park, shows of your lack of professionalism to not know that the park was renamed.

Anonymous
21 days ago

No one in Miami calls it or wants to call it Maurice Ferrè Park. Why weren’t we asked before they renamed it? This is MUSEUM PARK so they better change the name back because that is how we will call it.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Why rename Dixie Highway after Harriet Tubman? Ferrer was a Miami mayor. Tubman never set foot in Dade County.

Anonymous
21 days ago

You are ignorant…, as ignorant as this pathetic web site that lacks integrity and doesn’t seek to inform information correctly.