2016 Public Space Challenge Winners

Vibrant public spaces help connect Miamians to our community and each other. The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge uncovers the best ideas for creating, improving and activating parks, plazas and local gathering places. Together with Health Foundation of South Florida and the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, we invest $305,000 to make Miamians’ top ideas a reality. Everyone in Greater Miami – individuals, groups, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations – can submit an idea. Join us in making Greater Miami a more vibrant, engaged place to live.


Click here to learn what this year’s winners mean for the community. Learn more about the winning ideas at ideas.ourmiami.org.

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Baywalk Pop-up Installation: Migration

Melissa Hege, ArquitectonicaGeo and Miami Parking Authority

To add a temporary art installation along Downtown Miami’s Baywalk, bringing visibility to an underutilized waterfront path and highlighting the vanishing native tree population and its impact on bird migration patterns.



Story Telling Garden at the Allapattah Library

McKenzie Craft

To develop community space outside Allapattah Library for reading, learning and playing.



Resilient Solutions: Putting the “Health” in Miami’s Health District

The Nature Conservancy

To create beautiful, natural areas along Wagner Creek for people to connect with nature, support wildlife and build resiliency by reducing flooding.



Noah’s A.R.C. (Animal Recycling Containers)

Noah LaFleur

To bring animal-shaped recycling bins to parks in Cutler Bay, reducing litter and teaching kids about recycling.



Aeroponic Educational Garden

Ashley Moncrieft

To build an educational aeroponics garden at The Advisory Committee of Liberty City Youth center for children and the community.



Smart Benches for City of Miami Parks

City of Miami

To add solar-powered Smart Benches, providing comfortable seating and mobile device charging at give City of Miami Parks.



Hialeah Market Station Square

City of Hialeah

To create a safe, shaded gathering and waiting area in front of the Tri-rail stop in Southeast Hialeah.



Downtown Coral Gables Community Park

Bike Walk Coral Gables

To add a small park with seating, shade and bike amenities in a grassy area on the future Galiano bike boulevard, serving as a catalyst for more public green spaces in Downtown Coral Gables.



Miami Lakes Par 3 Central Park

Town of Miami Lakes

To promote community outreach to turn a Par 3 Golf Course into a multi-use central park with areas for kids to play, fitness activities and a transit park-and-ride.



La Terracita

PlusUrbia Design

To turn a street parking spot in Little Havana into a parklet for gathering and programmed use, separated from traffic.



The Underline Pavilion

University of Miami School of Architecture

To establish an annual international architectural competition for creating a temporary shade structure on The Underline with a temporary installation of the winning 2017 project.



CULTRA – Miami’s First Outdoor Open Mic

Buskerfest Miami and Emerge Miami

To develop a traveling, outdoor open mic at Downtown Miami’s three parks, featuring local musicians and comedians, acrobats, theatrical groups and more.


Biscayne Green Demonstration Project

Miami Downtown Development Authority

To create a one-month demonstration project re-imagining the center of Biscayne Boulevard as a park with spaces for people to gather, play and relax.

Supported by Health Foundation of South Florida

Overtown FoodScape

Earth Learning

To install an urban food forest in Overtown, providing residents healthy eating options and gathering spaces.



Library in Motion and Domino Park

Hialeah Public Libraries and the Coipel Family

To activate the walkway surrounding John F. Kennedy Library with an area for seating, exercising, reading and a giant domino set.



Fiestas de Agua

Vecinos de Riverside Park

To activate resident-led water games and activities at Little Havana’s Riverside Park.

Supported by Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata

West End Bus Station Enhancement

Green Mobility Network

To enhance the West End bus terminal with a transit kiosk, bike pump and repair station, covered bike parking and art.



West End Concert Series

Juan David Rey

To put on an outdoor concert series showcasing local talent throughout West Kendall.



Growing Green Bus Stops

Neat Streets Miami

To plant canopy trees and beautify bus stops with stencil haikus about trees at 10 bus stops across Miami-Dade County.