2017 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 Target and The West End (We) Go Green Fund at The Miami Foundation, we invest $350,000 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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ACE Preserve Project Greenway Blueway & Habitat

Urban Paradise Guild

To improve ACE Preserve in North Miami by transforming a section from invasive to native habitat and adding educational signage to expand community engagement.

 

Big Hill Park

Grove 2030

To convert a street end in Coconut Grove into a mini-park with shade, seating and Biscayne Bay access.

 

Breakin’ Convention Miami Block Party

Adrienne Arsht Center

To activate the Arsht Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts by hosting a free block party to celebrate Miami’s unique hip hop history.

 

Citizenship Ceremonies in Miami’s National Parks

South Florida National Parks Trust

To host a series of citizenship ceremonies in Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, introducing Miami-Dade County’s newest residents to these amazing public lands.

 

Cutting-through, Connecting Communities

Michelle Carter

To beautify and improve the safety of a neglected pedestrian pathway off SW 152nd Street with art, lighting and trees.

 

Flagler Cottage Cafe and Bike Rental on the Miami River 

Dade Heritage Trust

To reopen Fort Dallas Park and activate the historic Palm Cottage with a café and bike rental facility.

 

Liberty City Lights

Annie St. Juste & Lanston Williams

To install lighting around the Miami Children’s Initiative playground and transform it into a lighted safe zone for children and families during evening hours.

 

Lighting the Way: Connecting Overtown and Wynwood 

Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, CIC Miami

To repurpose the NW 20th Street I-95 underpass in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood with murals, LED lighting, streetscaping and wayfinding signs.

 

Mark Your Miles Miami! 

Caitlin Radosin

To install mile-marker signs along Miami Beach, allowing walkers and runners to enjoy their surroundings while still being able to track and meet their exercise goals.

 

MMC by the Sea 

Miami Music Club

To host a series of unique musical performances to activate and bring visibility to North Shore Open Space Park.

 

New South Miami Park Entry 

Douglas Thompson, LandscapeDE – Landscape Architecture

To create a new pedestrian entry to South Miami Park allowing residents to access without a long walk around to the other side of the park.

 

Public Hives 

Danielle Bender

To establish urban beehives with educational programming in three parks across Miami-Dade County.

 

Traffic Park

Parks & Police 4 Kids Foundation

To create an interactive cityscape in Doral’s Central Park where youth can play while learning about biking and traffic safety.

 

UrbanaSpace:  A Little Corner of Happy and a ¼ Mile of Healthy Right in Little Havana 

Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus

To repurpose part of a Little Havana parking lot with a Pine Rockland relaxation space and usable sidewalks, activated with community programming.

 

Wi-Fi @ Williams Park (a pilot of the Park Connect @ Overtown Initiative) 

Venture Cafe Miami

To install a solar-powered Wi-Fi station and provide digital literacy programming for youth in Williams Park.

Supported by Target

Enhancement of Virginia Key North Point Trails 

Virginia Key Bicycle Club

To improve and create an additional section of the public Virginia Key North Point mountain bike trails.

 

Flagami Fresh+Art 

Hope for Miami & Big Brothers Big Sisters

To provide monthly farmer’s markets, collaborative art-making, gardening and musical events for residents in the Flagami neighborhood.

 

Park Hopper Scavenger Hunt and Kayak Tour via Miami Beach’s Waterways 

City of Miami Beach

To create a ‘Park Hopper’ Scavenger Hunt and Kayak Tour, providing an opportunity for people to explore and appreciate Miami Beach’s waterways.

 

Pop-Up Mini Golf: Revitalizing Little Haiti 

City of Miami Little Haiti Cultural Center

To transform an empty lot into a pop-up miniature golf course while Little Haiti’s Caribbean Marketplace is open each week.

Supported by The West End (WE) Go Green Fund at The Miami Foundation

Futbol For All: Transforming Tamiami Park’s Street Hockey Rink into a Small Sided Soccer Mini-Pitch 

The Miami FC Foundation

To transform a neglected street hockey rink into a mini soccer pitch for public use in Tamiami Park.

 

The West End Ciclovia

Wendy Caraballo

To host an event that closes a section of road to car traffic and transforms it into a linear park where community members can bike, walk and run.