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.
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.
To develop community space outside Allapattah Library for reading, learning and playing.
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.
To bring animal-shaped recycling bins to parks in Cutler Bay, reducing litter and teaching kids about recycling.
To build an educational aeroponics garden at The Advisory Committee of Liberty City Youth center for children and the community.
City of Miami
To add solar-powered Smart Benches, providing comfortable seating and mobile device charging at give City of Miami Parks.
City of Hialeah
To create a safe, shaded gathering and waiting area in front of the Tri-rail stop in Southeast Hialeah.
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.
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.
To turn a street parking spot in Little Havana into a parklet for gathering and programmed use, separated from traffic.
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.
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.
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.
To install an urban food forest in Overtown, providing residents healthy eating options and gathering spaces.
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.
Vecinos de Riverside Park
To activate resident-led water games and activities at Little Havana’s Riverside Park.
Green Mobility Network
To enhance the West End bus terminal with a transit kiosk, bike pump and repair station, covered bike parking and art.
Juan David Rey
To put on an outdoor concert series showcasing local talent throughout West Kendall.
Neat Streets Miami
To plant canopy trees and beautify bus stops with stencil haikus about trees at 10 bus stops across Miami-Dade County.