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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Grand opening party planned for Regatta Park

Coconut Grove's new Regatta Park is having a grand opening celebration on Saturday, September 26. It will be a full day of events.

The kick off event starts with free yoga at 9 am, then at 11 am the official grand opening takes place, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the new dock master building will have an open house at Dinner Key Marina. I took these pictures early this morning.

Activities include face painting, prizes, games, balloon artists and more. Free barbecue for the first 200 attendees.

Solar Dogs will be performing from noon until 2 pm.


For info, please call 786-314-6775. The park is at 3400 Pan American Drive.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Gabriel Mendoza said...

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

September 12, 2015 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great addition to the Grove. BTW this site has some great photos of the park as well. http://www.goldenduskphotography.com/blog/2015/9/7/regatta-park-set-to-open-soon

September 12, 2015 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice, much better than the Expocrap concrete parking lot eye-sore.

Gotta say, though, were they running a very low budget after the endless reconstructions on 27th ave? Look a those cheap, ugly concrete benches,, jezuzzz.. comparatively, just go 2 miles up and see what Coral Gables did with their bridge and park by the Circle.

September 12, 2015 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good timing for Lady Teresa's campaign.
Want to bet the place will be covered with her signs and literature?
And I'm sure she'll be playing hostess and invited to the microphone to "say a few words" (for no apparent reason).
Just like when she was introduced and asked to speak at the event for the Woman's Club held at PAMM.
Another event having nothing to do with her but where her frantic soon-to-be-ex-commissioner hubby shoved her into the limelight.

September 12, 2015 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a few termites buzzing about my light a few nights ago and in my yard there's a lot of mosquitoes, the squirrels are dropping my avocados, but those little rat like creatures do come down to eat them. There's more, but you get the picture, right? Now, if you gadflies can take the opening of a park and some how conjure up some really stupid comparisons wouldn't it be possible that "Teresa" & "frantic soon-to-be-ex-commissioner hubby" are also responsible for my termites, mosquitoes and those pesky rat like squirrels who don't follow their bounty to the ground? Should I sue them for my loss? If Teresa did speak a few words about this really great addition to our Grove, so what? The park is beautiful and will attract many people down to our portion of Biscayne Bay, sunsets, glistening water, boats, coconut trees, out islands, restaurants, and our downtown Grove. Jobie Steppe

September 13, 2015 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when I was ready to praise even Sarnoff himself about this new park, instead of the ugly Expo-Center...

Have you seen the freaking concrete benches ALL OVER the park?

Stop by, take a look. Even better, try and sit on them, use the metallic arm things under the sun.. (then go straight to CVS).

I already know to to vote for on the next elections: anyone who was against those horrific concrete benches..

Were they trying to save a few bucks on that??!! How expensive can a regular, nice WOOD park bench be, like the ones on most parks, what's wrong with beautiful, natural wood?

Were they trying to act all modern and futuristic? Whose sense of elemental park aesthetics can bear those eye sores? I'd like to see our "elected officials" sitting on them for more than 5 minutes during lunch break from City Hall. I suggest they loosen their ties a bit, and don't even think about using the burning "arm rests".

That's what many people seem to have for brains these days: CONCRETE all over the park..

September 13, 2015 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some beautiful oolite blocks all over the park too. I don't know what the benches are made out of, but the other blocks are oolite. Beautiful!

September 13, 2015 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wood, use wood you say! Wood rots, holds water, collects mildew, has to cleaned and/or resealed monthly. Notice the shade trees, plus look carefully, those are not arm rest, they're separators. Plastic discolors and can look terrible within months. Cement, now you're talking. Maintenance free, made for life and an intelligent choice made by intelligent thoughtful planners. Nothing that you gadflies can come up with will diminish this beautiful open air addition to our beloved Grove with non-polluted air flowing over the Atlantic Ocean from the Northeast 24 hours a day.

September 13, 2015 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LIKE this Jobie Steppe guy.
He seems like to ultimate laid back laissez faire Grovey type.
So long as Teresa says nice things at this nice event he has no problem with her pushy Super Boss husband hijacking a nice civic event and making it into a political publicity stunt for his wife. He's cool with that.
What a nice pleasant guy.
Maybe he'll let me and my family come over and have a picnic in his living room.

September 13, 2015 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never seen a PARK with so much concrete poured on top of it, starting with dozens of "park benches", which are nothing but ugly, rough Blocks of Poured Concrete.

Fascinating. That's the difference between Coral Gables or Key Biscayne and the freaking Grove these days. You'd never see that CRAP there.

Freaking Concrete Blocks at every concrete. Inspired by Les Champs Elysees, huh Google "Central Park Benches", Images, or go to ANY decent park see what a REAL park bench looks like!

September 13, 2015 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Steppe guy with his continuous, repetitive pro-Grove officials agenda: how much does Sarnoff Pay you, too much ganja by the boat yard?

September 13, 2015 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't want to pay dockage, in 1965, for several fishing vessels, and where I found free anchorage I later noticed was Coconut Grove, thanks to the Coconut Grove Bank sign. Now I own rental property and continue to use the Seminole boat ramp 2/3 times weekly. I've never voted and do not know one local politician. When code enforcement wrote and stated at a code enforcement hearing that I "exchanged emotions" in front of my home as passerby's stopped and talked about my art, which they considered to be a "Non-Profit Business Enterprise"& placed a $780,000.00 lien on my properties, which is when our local government officials realized how much I dislike public servants causing them to spend about $800,000.00, utilizing 8 attorneys from 3 separate law firms to defend against my federal & state lawsuits which I won. I don't know Sarnoff or his wife Teresa and nothing they do affects me at all. What I do dislike are cowards like yourselves, who hide behind a key board and belch out tumult against people you don't know. I got lucky when I found Coconut Grove back in 1965. What a great community, topped off by magnificent trees, Biscayne Bay, boat ramps, parks, great eateries, and some shopping, great neighbors, beautiful homes, a diverse community, wild peacocks, people pushing baby carriages and walking their dogs and there's also room for cockroaches, and cowards who entertain like some movie that so bad it's entertaining. Jobie Steppe

September 14, 2015 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's blogs like this that allow guys like Jobie Steppe to posit their nonsense and contrived world view. He doesn't "know" them yet continues to defend them at every opportunity. Before you run around defending someone just for the sake of defending them, do a little research on them.

As to your suggestions that Sarnoff allow his wife to say a few words, if he were to do so he should also allow the other 8 candidates for District 2 to say a few words also. Teresa Sarnoff had zero participation in the vision, planning or implementation of Regatta Park or anything else in the City of Miami, sad to say for someone running for a commission seat. This is not to say that her husband and his Chief and Staff don't have their fingerprints on every detail of the park design.

September 14, 2015 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one cares about your personal life history and massive ego, Steppe.

September 14, 2015 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, I am sick of this Jobie Steppe guy's comments. I mostly skip over them.

September 14, 2015 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im the reason everybody likes this blog!!!!
Jobie Steppe

September 14, 2015 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one can cite where I have defended Mr. Sarnoff. What I say is people who make anonymous hostile negative untrue comments are cowards who attempt to create tumult. Tom, i.e., the Grape has the ability to determine that someone is making comments and posting my name in an attempt to have tumult directed at me and that is fine because I can take it. I know you are wasting your time trying to harm me. And it's better to be talked about than not being talked about at all. I always defend our Grove and have learned to appreciate what the Grape means to our community, so please continue. I think those cement park benches are just fine and will last forever. Jobie Steppe

September 14, 2015 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that the City is planning a big deal for the opening with a dedication ceremony. I wonder if Ms. Sarnoff will say a few words.

September 15, 2015 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regatta Park is a most welcome addition to Coconut Grove. Too bad the Dock Master Office is such an enormous intrusion to the sightline of the bay. The Park will help attract locals and visitors. It will be a welcome relief to Kennedy Park and those that live nearby. Let’s hope that Regatta Park will not be ruined with another dog park, volleyball nets, exercise equipment or kids jungle gym. We also hope that the Parks Department has enough funds for maintenance. May they not need to rent the park out for any further gated events like the Grove Art Festival, Pumpkin Fest, Beer Fest of Food Fest. By the way, where is that pricy artistic bike rack designed by LOBO that Mayor Diaz raved about when installed behind the Glasshouse in Peacock Park? It seems to be M.I.A. The nearby luxury condo developers can thank all of us taxpayers for funding Regatta Park and increasing their profit margin.

September 15, 2015 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh goodness gracious, gosh forbid another dog park with all those dogs and owners enjoying themselves, or some volleyball nets so guys and gals can show off their fantastic bods, or some exercise equipment to lose some weight, or activities for all the children living throughout the Grove laughing joyfully or some dreaded Pumpkin, Beer or Food Fest and no more public funding for public parks for all to enjoy throughout the years right off of Biscayne Bay, Boats, green grass, newly constructed roadways and sidewalks and a near-by ATM, Please Lord, no more, please! Elmer P. Suggins Tupilo, Mississippi Say Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Sarnoff.

September 15, 2015 5:35 PM  

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