Publicly Owned Parcel B Remains Closed, But Activists Will Try To Open It This Weekend

Local civic groups are trying to draw attention to the plight of Parcel B, a taxpayer-owned waterfront property that remains off limits to the public.

This weekend, activists will hold an unofficial grand opening for a park on the five-acre waterfront lot behind the American Airlines Arena. The event will be held despite the fact that no park is actually planned by the government officials who control the land.

The lot, known as Parcel B, was once pledged to become a soccer field, helping the Miami Heat to win a 1996 vote that secured an arena deal, activists say. It remains closed off nearly 20 years later, although the county rents it out for special events and parking, with the Heat enjoying what the activists call a sweetheart deal to use it.

Politicians have recently been considering using the land for a Cuban museum, angering park advocates.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jake
5 years ago

Love this!!! This little Jewel’s time has come! I hope Miami politicians are paying attention!

marc
5 years ago

I’ll be there!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Save our parks from corrupt Miami politicians!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hmmm lets see….there’s Bayfront Park and Bicentennial Park/Museum Park within walking distance to this park. I guess the other two and much older parks are really crowded ALL the time for these activists to be up in arms like they are for MORE park space.

Marc305
5 years ago

The real reason is that they do not want soccer, period! Putting a stadium on the east side of the AAA would have made perfect sense, games would be played when The Heat is not playing, thus allowing the parking garage of the Arena to be used. As with the heat games people could still take the Metro and the Metromover to the game, they could tailgate at Museum Park, and the view that these owners so badly fight over would not be obstructed because it would be built behind the Arena, where the view is already obstructed!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Two highrise hotels would do well on that site.

Marc305
5 years ago

So let me get this straight, they said no to Beckham for soccer when they had already allocated this parcel for soccer 20 years ago? Even if there is not enough space to put a stadium there, Becks wanted to fill-in the land north of this site to make it happen. Why couldn’t they just have let him fill it in on the east side and the problem would have been solved? That way it would not have been in front of the 4 condos and less people would have objected to it. SMH

marc
5 years ago

I think there’s a difference between a community field and another stadium crowding the last space on the water. I hope there isn’t anything else built.