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Friday, February 28, 2014

New park is ready for visitors

They finally started taking the fences down at the park at Coco Plum Circle (Cartagena Circle). The bridge is there now  over the Gables Waterway, for walkers and bikers who can now avoid the narrow sidewalk over the current auto bridge.

The plantings are beautiful and there is a lot for kids to do. Ironically, I always think that the park is only accessible by dodging traffic in all directions. It's a little oasis in the middle of traffic chaos.

And of course, pets are welcome. This is cool, the little doggie dishes that is part of the new water fountains. And there is a workout area, too.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That dog fountain is pretty neat. I've seen people around here let their dogs drink out of the regular water fountain by the marina. YUCK.

February 28, 2014 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Jack Fitzpatrick said...

Why do we in Miami feel that we need to fill every open space with things? I'm thinking of the new beautiful open space we have at the old convention center. Why do we need to "build" a park there for $26 million? Why not put in a few trees, sow some grass seed and make it a park, not a playground, outdoor exercise gym, dog run or anything else?

February 28, 2014 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


February 28, 2014 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, money makes the world go round, not really, but sort of, I mean it's good to have some or a lot, i.e., same as a good paying job. There is nothing inherently evil about using assets & we most definitely have a lot of wide open space in and around all of Miami so put this great location to work to profit all of Miami from a tax base of well-heeled condo owners.

February 28, 2014 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooo... There was enough money in the Parks budget for these major improvements at a park in a relatively unused space that's only four blocks from Merrie Christmas Park but we needed St Stephens to invest half a million for any kind of improvements at Peacock Park in the middle of a business district and requiring about a third of the park to given over to said private, religious, tax-exempt investor for the majority of every weekday.
Meanwhile the tax paying public is shut off from from using the park facilities at the times we were promised access. The fact that public access to park facilities is controlled by a church is ludicrous.
A public park purchased and maintained by tax dollars sold to a church for a measly half a million while we pour at least a million into a park in the middle of nowhere.

March 01, 2014 6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new park looks good. I'm glad they fixed up that area.

On another note, do people actually use water fountains? You couldn't even pay me to use a public water fountain. I would rather dehydrate than drink water from there.

March 01, 2014 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conspiracy, CONspiracy, CONSPIRACY under every rock, behind every door, in every attic, car trunk, tree, flower & deed! It's just a lack of communication.

March 01, 2014 9:17 AM  
Blogger Donn K Flipse said...

Relax folks. I could be wrong but this park is in the Gables. (And you can see the difference by the way...). I used to live 2 blocks away.
City of Miami has no bearing here. Yes I'm glad they did it. Why did they do so somewhere here asked? Because they have the money and they generally keep their parks looking nice, streets swept, etc etc.

Re drinking from water fountains - I do it all the time. It's the same water that comes out of your home faucet.

March 01, 2014 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This park looks great! The reason this is happening is because this property is in CORAL GABLES. A city that actually tends to keep things looking beautiful. One of the reasons I had to get out of the grove and live across 37th ave - people actually take care of their properties. Some of the homes I used to live next to looked like crack houses. City of Miami needs some regulations!

March 02, 2014 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah lately I've been noticing that a lot of the blight is the homeowner's responsibility. The frustrating part is that it dos not require any city funds to fix. Just code enforcement doing their job. Last week I called them 4 times to report condos/apts that have dumpsters out in the open.

March 02, 2014 7:58 PM  

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