A PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON THE STATUS OF ARENA PARK (Parcel B)
TIME: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: MIAMI CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
100 NE 1st AVE, Miami
ADMISSION FREE - INFORMATION: 404-594-283
The Arena Park Forum
The Urban Environment League &
Downtown Bay Forum
1996: THE COUNTY’S PROMISED PARK
TODAY: THE SAD REALITY - VACANT
SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE:
URBAN PLANNER ELIZABETH PLATER-ZYBERK
UNIV OF MIAMI HISTORIAN GREG BUSH
UEL BOARD MEMBER GRACE SOLARES
A waterfront park was promised to the citizens of Miami-Dade as part of a negotiated deal to approve the Heat Arena. The site, also known as Parcel B, is a 2.76 acre waterfront parcel directly east of American Airlines/Miami Heat Arena.
18 years later this prime waterfront site sits fallow, vacant and fenced-off from Public access or use.
Miami-Dade needs more well designed green spaces. A 2004 planning effort led by the nationally acclaimed Project for Public Spaces, inc. (www.pps.org) in conjunction with the Bayfront Park Trust came up with recommendations for the Arena Park site: participants supported keeping this space well programmed with park-like features and amenities, such as shade trees, benches and seating, places to picnic or BBQ, and casual activities (pick-up soccer rather than scheduled leagues). It would be more of a neighborhood park serving area residents and it would become a central part of a continuous bay front promenade with unique views of our beautiful waterfront.
Do you want a county 2.76 acre neighborhood waterfront park promised to voters in 1996 to - finally - become a reality?
The UEL has a proud 15-year history of involvement in important local issues - from preserving Virginia Key and Bicentennial Park from thoughtless development to leading the struggle to preserve the Urban Development Boundary Line by working with other local organizations in forging a new constituency that is sensitive to environmental and equity issues, housing, and overall better planning.