Museum Park Design Team against stadium in park
They talk about great shared spaces of civic price, quite the opposite of a privately owned soccer stadium that won't be used more than 25 days out of the year.
Just like the baseball stadium was rejected in 2000, when that was being proposed for the parkland, so should the soccer stadium.
The public at that time demanded public space added to the waterfront. It's still mind boggling to many as to why anyone would hand over public space to a private enterprise. No one is against soccer, people are against the stadium being built on free public land, which should be a park. People are drawn to parks, they're a destination, and with all the new residents moving into the new condos downtown, more park space is needed.
The Design Team letter states, "Allowing a private venture to take over the last remaining waterfront site in Downtown Miami for use as a stadium reduces quality open space, obstructs public views of the waterfront and disrupts waterfront recreational uses. It also radically changes the vision of a 21st Century premier park that the citizens of Miami deserve."
It's not lost on me that there are two museums in the park blocking waterviews, but the soccer stadium will not be used much and it will destroy what we have left in the way of water views and access.
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was on tv talking about cities that have stadiums on public waterfronts, just the fact that he sought these few places out makes it apparent that his mind is set, but I find his statements misleading. He stated that Candlestick Park in San Francisco, which is AT&T Park now, is on the water, which is true, but it's not in the city center, it's in an industrial area. And knowing San Francisco, if the stadium was to be built today, it would not be on prime waterfront.
I'd like to see them try to build a stadium in Central Park in NY or the Public Garden or Boston Common in Boston and neither of these parks is even near the water. People don't even want a condo built on Grove Isle, do these politicians really think we want them to hand over prime land to David Beckham? It isn't even prime land yet, they are bending over backwards to make something out of nothing to accommodate their starstruckness. Is that a word?
Here's the Museum Park Design Team letter at the Crespo Gram.
YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.