The Public Space Challenge is on
The Challenge helps in creating, improving and activating parks, plazas and local gathering places. Together with Health Foundation of South Florida and the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, they invest $305,000 to make the top ideas a reality.
Individuals, groups, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations submitted ideas, the submissions ended on April 21.
A couple were submitted regarding Coconut Grove.
Bonsai Miami suggested a pop-up bonsai garden. The small gardens would feature low cost, short term installations in parks and such. Waterhole is another idea from Home Eleven, who suggests filling potholes and cracks around the city with water. This would raise awareness to the problem of cracks and holes and of course, the water-like mosaics would stand out as reminders of nature.
A Causeway connection between the Alice Wainwright Park area to the Rickenbacker Causeway is an idea that would make it easier for bikers and runners. Didn't Sylvester put the kybosh on that years ago? Well, now he's gone, so maybe the fences can be removed and the neighborhood can be returned to the public.
Bike Coconut Grove has an idea of a Bike Station in the Brove where a vacant storefront in a central location can turn into a bike valet place for people to meet, leave their bikes and promote bike safety. A great solution to our lack of car parking.
There is also Grove Space at Plaza Street and Grand Avenue, where the space would be turned into a shady event space, opening up the area to the community.
There are so many great ideas, most of them outside the Grove, but perfect for Miami. I think one of my favorites is Pianos in the Parks. They are randomly placed around the city after being painted by students. Anyone can just come up, play and gather a crowd. It's such a great community unifier, it's been done in other cities. New York did it in 2010 (see here).
You can check out all the ideas here, the ones you "like" have a chance fo receiving funding. There is a "like" button next to each submission.
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