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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

News about the parks - Regatta and Peacock

Some issues regarding Regatta Park have come up; just as I suggested, the sod needs to be replaced in areas where the Regatta boats, trailers, cars and people tore it up by storing boats and trailers on the lawn. I had asked why it was ok to do this in Regatta Park, but now it seems as if people are almost forbidden to go near Peacock Park due to the lawn being torn up in October.

I think Peacock Park using the damaged grass as an excuse to keep out events is just to appease the complaining neighbors who don't like all the activity next door. Just a guess on my part. But less and less events are taking place in the park and in the Grove for that matter.

I had to laugh about something that happened at the Arts Festival. They didn't want to be part of the lawn in Peacock Park being torn-up by kids in the kiddie area, so they moved the kiddie area to the horseshoe area - the parking spaces at the end of McFarlane Road. So the kids were on zip lines, climbing walls and all sorts of things with cement below them to break their falls, not the precious Peacock Park grass. 

At Regatta Park, complaints continue about lack of bathrooms, lack of comfortable park benches and lack of parking; recyclable containers for trash have also been requested.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

Where the sod was torn up there wasn't supposed to be sod in the first place. We paid a lot for special pavers that allow grass to grow through, specifically so it could endure boat trailers being moved over it. Ironically, in the area where there was just grass, the grass wasn't torn up. The pavers were supposed to be seeded, but for some unknown reason CIP sodded over them. This mistake was brought to the attention of the relevant City officials at the last waterfront plan implementation committee meeting. Hopefully this time they'll get it right.

March 08, 2016 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, if you have a source for your belief that someone chose to put the kiddie area on the road instead of in the park to avoid grass getting torn up, that is pretty serious and quite egregious. A person making such a callous decision deserves tar & feather treatment after being fired.

grass in parks exist in large part simply to be torn up by kids running around and playing on it. What's next, protect the sidewalks from people walking on them?

March 08, 2016 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem is a simple fix.get rid of the parks that are useless anyways and build some beautiful high rise buildings so we can enjoy the beautiful views.

jobbie steppe

March 08, 2016 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Carla Blanco said...

Talking about bathrooms...how about the bathrooms in Kennedy Park? They were supposed to be fixed and they blocked them and put temporary bathrooms more than 1 1/2 years ago. When I wrote to Sarnoff, he said that thee was no budget for that (it seems that they need to be completely redone). so why didn't they know that before they closed them off? They were better than the temporary ones anyway. A good cleaning would have helped a lot!

March 08, 2016 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just pee in the bay behind the mangroves. Easy peasy..

March 08, 2016 5:01 PM  
Blogger James said...

It does boggle the mind, with all the runners, bikers and walkers, there isn't a public bathroom from Kennedy Park until Matheson Hammock. I always thought Coral Gables dropped the ball not putting a bathroom in the park at the circle as well.

March 08, 2016 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are fortunate to have so very many parks throughout the Grove that many locals and others use weekly, can't even count them all.
And many of these Grove parks abut the shorelines of Biscayne Bay. Anon 3:08 My name is spelled Jobie Steppe and remember: it's better to be talked about than never being talked about at all!? It's good to know you've done something to make folks remember U.

March 08, 2016 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how the parks have been doing what the parks have been doing for ages and then the neighbors move in and suddenly want the parks to stop being parks...boggles the mind.

March 08, 2016 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11:31, many, if not all anons who comment negatively are having an orgasm in a mirror as they post, something, anything negative, somehow getting a rise over their new found power to act out contemptuously, sitting in their bathroom, starring at their mirror, holding a cell in one hand and in the other? You're correct to observe how can anyone attack the concept of parks! And in the Grove, parks, parks and more parks and so much wide open space.

March 09, 2016 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Jantol Harbos said...

One of the Grove's lobbyists should reach out to their political contacts in order to tackle this issue.

March 09, 2016 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I respectfully disagree with the notion that those who live around Peacock Park are opposed to the special events. I (and many of my neighbors) chose to live in the heart of the Grove because of its unique character and to make it more convenient to participate in all of these great events. Although there might be a small minority who complain, in general, it makes more sense for those who are offended by the noise or extra traffic to choose to live elsewhere.

March 09, 2016 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main issue with Peacock Park is that the field is ruined and not repaired for months after events. This field is enjoyed by scores of people who are essentially dissed by the city for allowing this to happen.

There is a very simple fix: any mass users (event hosts/sponsors) need to prevent and repair any damage. And all repairs must be done within a week. Period. Problem solved.

BTW, the latest repairs to Peacock Park are a good start, but many of the sprinklers are gushing water. There are large areas that are under water as a result.

Plus, they need to irrigate at night, for the sake of efficiency and logistics. Watering in the morning is less efficient and leaves soggy sod for early risers who enjoy the park.

March 09, 2016 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon7:47 am. I don't use a mirror, just the selfie camera on my cell phone.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

March 09, 2016 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grove parks are everywhere with enough room, trails, bathrooms, water to drink, shade trees, a few with mango's available to anyone who cares to make the effort, and be on the lookout for a freak on their cell-phone pounding off a selfie or so says 1:31, YMSBP!

March 09, 2016 2:52 PM  
Blogger reid prevatt said...

Bathrooms are not adequate The parks are great. Some of us use Cocowalk. Not always open either. A portable toilet or two two would help. Scotty landing well it was used by the masses who did not spend money there also. And yes peacock Park is going to be used and abused.. Great piece of land and I hope these events continue.. Would never pay money for Bed Race however.

March 10, 2016 2:09 PM  

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