|LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE, THOSE RUTHLESS MIAMI HEAT SCAMPS!!! They blacktopped our park!!! So what, we will dedicate it anyway. If you go -- wear a hat. Bring some eggs to fry.|
Citizens are taking over...Let's see how that works out.
June 3, 2015 (Miami) - Summer: with the tourist season all but done in South Florida, it’s time for the locals to come out and play. Sure, it’s hot. But who doesn’t look forward to going outside and soaking in our beautiful open spaces… tossing a Frisbee with a few friends, reading a book under a tree, taking a nap in a hammock, maybe getting caught in a passing shower?
On Saturday, June 13, Emerge Miami invites you to do that and more at Miami’s newest park. That morning, we’ll be inaugurating Dan Paul Park, a five-acre waterfront gem next to the American Airlines Arena and Museum Park in downtown Miami. Formerly known as “Parcel B”, the park has languished behind closed gates for nearly twenty years, sealed off to the public and used instead as a taxpayer-supported parking lot for TV satellite trucks.
We’re not exactly sure why our county’s leaders have been unable to deliver on their promises for the past two decades to open the park. We assume that between their busy schedule of meeting with Miami Heat lobbyists and the big developers who want to build up the site, they just haven’t found a good time to have a grand opening. But we also hear that maybe they misplaced the official pair of big ceremonial scissors and are too embarrassed to have a ribbon-cutting for the new park without them.
Whatever the reason, Emerge Miami, together with The New Tropic and the Urban Environment League is ready to pick up where our elected officials have left off.
We invite you to join us on June 13 at 11:30 a.m. for the official park opening acts. Prior to the ceremony, we’ll be meeting at 10 a.m. at the Viscaya Metrorail Station for a bike ride to the new park. Both events are open to all.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a day of fun and family-friendly events, including a hula-dancing contest and group picnic.
We hope you’ll be able to join us.
Where: Dan Paul Park, behind the American Airlines Arena at 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: Park opening acts at 11:30 a.m., bike ride from Viscaya Metrorail Station at 10 a.m.
Who: Saturday, June 13, open to the public (finally!) and free.
Why: Because when our elected leaders don’t deliver on twenty years of promises, it’s time to take matters into our own hands.
OTHER EVENTS COMING UP
County Civic Engagement 101:
Learn about lobbying for nonprofts as well as how to be effective in communicating your positions to the County. The meeting will be held June 9th at the South Dade Government Center, 6-7:30 p.m.
Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and Commissioner Moss Host South Dade Solutions Summit
South Dade has unique economic, transportation and environmental challenges and opportunities. Many believe South Dade does not receive its fair share of local, state and federal resources. To build on our assets and resolve our challenges, Commissioner Levine Cava and Commissioner Dennis Moss will host the first South Dade Solutions Summit at the Palmetto Bay Village Center on June 6th, 11-5 p.m.
Elected officials and community leaders will come together to discuss the following topics: fueling the economy, transportation connectivity and parks and the environment. We will also welcome keynote speaker Assistant Secretary Carlos Monje of the Department of Transportation. Space is limited and pre-registration is required! A special thanks to our nonprofit partner, the Economic Development Council of South Dade.