As South Florida continues to grow and develop, public-se green spaces like parks tend to be an afterthought. After all, why spend the money to maintain a public park when the land can be used to develop more luxury condos and apartments? eye-roll
But the City of Miami Beach is making a commitment to maintaining the beautiful green landscape and scenery that attracted transplants and kept natives here in the first place, with the transformation of the Miami Beach Convention Center surface parking lot into a 5.8-acre park.
Estimated to be completed this October, the new park will feature 500 new trees, open lawn spaces, shade areas, walkways, lighting, a Veterans memorial, public restroom facility, a flexible area space and stunning public art.
The entire Convention Center campus, once finished, will have a total of 12 acres of new green spaces — considering the 5.8-acre park and the recently completed 2.8-acre park on the north side, landscaped medians and streetscapes. The total pervious area of the 25-acre Convention Center campus will also increase by 245% and will have a total of 1,330 new trees, including 580 new mangroves along Collins Canal.
The project broke ground in early May 2019. See renderings of the completed project below.