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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Peacock Park fields are now open

So as of yesterday, the basketball and soccer fields at Peacock Park are open to the public from 3 to 8 pm. Our little gripe seemed to have worked. The area is only open weekdays for now, but weekend openings will happen soon as I am assuming that's when most people would use the fields.

Ron Nelson, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff's Chief of Staff told me that there is a park attendant on hand during that time to be sure that everything is safe and working fairly. "We want to be sure that the fields are protected, for instance we don't want people running around tearing up the grass," Ron told me.

This is great news for the community.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is however regrettable that the city made a backroom deal (no RFP) with St. Stephens in the first place for an exclusive use of a portion of the park. It is also regrettable that the gate had to be unlocked as a result of the Grapevine and its caring Groveits shaming the city into doing what they had promised in the first place. Thanks Grapevine and caring Groveits.

March 11, 2014 11:49 AM  
Blogger Donn K Flipse said...

Great news. I'll be going this afternoon with my kids.

March 11, 2014 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully, we can continue our efforts and have the public park opened to the public when school is out over the weekends.

Ultimately, hopefully, school holidays as well.

March 11, 2014 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Needs to be open on the weekends! Weekends are when most people go to parks! Come on City of Miami weekends ASAP!!

March 11, 2014 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work Grape.

March 12, 2014 12:00 PM  
Blogger Aes said...

"We want to be sure that the fields are protected, for instance we don't want people running around tearing up the grass."

Really?!? It's a soccer field, so of course you're going to have people running around on it (and potentially tearing up the field). What else are you suppose to do on an outdoor SOCCER field?!? Just stand there and stare at the turf?!? Jeez.

I concur with the 1st poster who laments that it even got to this sorry point, though. A private entity shouldn't have exclusive rights/access to a public space. I always felt that the building of the fence was just St. Stephens' way of creating the false illusion that that portion of the park belonged to them and not the public, thus alienating and discouraging folks from enjoying the park (like we've always have prior to the fence going up). We shouldn't be at the mercy of a private entity when it comes to how often and for how long we enjoy a public space. I often wonder the legality of this whole situation; there HAS to be some aspect/element of this situation that's a little awry from a legal standpoint. Either way, it's awesome to see that the field is now open and accessible to the public. Great work, grape!!!

March 12, 2014 4:36 PM  

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