Miami Green Spaces

June 22, 2008 by Lucas Lechuga

Living within close proximity to a public green space is usually a pretty important factor, especially for dog owners, when considering places to live in a large metropolitan area. Miami is no different, which is why I’ve decided to discuss various public green spaces within walking distance to many of Miami’s new condo buildings. This post will probably be more informative to nonlocals but it actually still amazes me how many people living in Miami haven’t heard of nice parks such as Margaret Pace Park.

Margaret Pace Park

  • Margaret Pace Park – Of the public green spaces mentioned in this post, Margaret Pace is my favorite. It is located in the Edgewater Miami within walking distance to Quantum on the Bay, 1800 Club, Cite on the Bay and the future Paramount Bay. Margaret Pace Park offers a number of activities such as tennis, volleyball, basketball and soccer. It’s typical to see volleyball and basketball games continue well until the sun goes down. You’ll also see runners dashing around the parameter of the park and dog owners playing with their pets and mingling with other dog owners. Those with small children will also appreciate the children’s park at Margaret Pace park.

Museum Park Miami

  • Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park) – This public green space was recently renamed Museum Park. It will be a collaborative effort by the Miami Museum of Science and the Miami Art Museum. Museum Park is located just south of the I-395 expressway and just north of the American Airlines Arena. It is walking distance to Ten Museum Park, 900 Biscayne Bay, Marina Blue and the future Marquis in the Downtown Miami neighborhood of Park West. Currently, this is probably the most underutilized public green space by locals throughout Miami. You’ll occasionally see soccer games taking place, as you do in the picture above, but that’s about it. Museum Park is home to a variety of music events, with the largest being Ultra Music Festival held in March. It’ll be nice to see the transformation of Museum Park within the next 1-2 years.

Museum Park Miami

  • Bayfront Park – This public green space has a children’s park, an amphitheater (not seen in the picture above) and a helium balloon ride, called Miami SkyLift, that unfortunately hasn’t taken off in quite a while. Bayfront Park is also home to the Flying Trapeze School and offers yoga classes three times per week. Bayfront Park is located in Downtown Miami just south of Bayfront Marketplace and just north of the Intercontinental Hotel. It is walking distance to condominium buildings such as 50 Biscayne, the Loft Downtown, Loft 2, One Miami, Met 1 and the future Everglades on the Bay (now known as Vizcayne).

There are a variety of other public green spaces throughout Miami not mentioned in this post. However, these are the ones located near many of the new condo buildings in Miami. Unfortunately, there currently aren’t any public green spaces in Brickell.

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Anonymous
Storm
8 years 3 months ago

I am told by my concierge and building sales staff that the space in between The Midtown Shops and Midtown 2 and 4 will be turned into a park. There were construction trucks hauling dirt/sand into that space all of last week.

I live in Midtown and I sincerely hope this is true. It would be a great addition to Midtown and Miami.

Anonymous
Kyle
8 years 3 months ago

There are parks in Brickell, they’re just small. For example, Simpson Park, Brickell Park, Mary Brickell Park, etc. They’re either really small or nature preserves.

Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago

Storm,

I’ve heard the same from someone who works for the developer. He told me that the space will be turned into a park for the next 2-3 years. After that, a movie theater is supposed to move into one of the pieces of land.

Anonymous
la la
8 years 3 months ago

I’m sure I’m going to get ripped to shreds showing this- the negative people will say what a pipedream it is, but I love Dover Kohl’s plan for Museum Park, it is modelled off the Museum Campus in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive with the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler’s Planetarium, etc…those of you from Chicago will know what I’m talking about…

You have to scroll down to see the plan for the park, there’s a gorgeous aerial perspective on the page 6.

http://www.doverkohl.com/files/pdf/Miami%20CRA.pdf

Unfortunately, Cooper, Robertson revised it and the new version is not nearly as strong, it’s ok, not great.

Anonymous
Storm
8 years 3 months ago

La la, if those plans pan out it will be great addition to our downtown. I fear, however, that someone in the Miami city government will find someway to put their cousin in charge and f@#% the whole thing up.

Anonymous
la la
8 years 3 months ago

Yes, and it will be great for Midtown too. Midtown rocks- I went to Linen n Things this morning, used the teaser parking and parked literally right in front of the entrance. The whole experience was so pleasant and convenient, I couldn’t believe I was in Miami going to a big box store in what used to be the slums.

Anonymous
gables
8 years 3 months ago
thanks for the green space update. too bad MIA doesnt have a large central park the way NYC does-that would be great. these are great green spaces but do not appear very large. but they are nice bayside properties. i am a fan of bayfront park as a up a coming place with all of the new buildings going up in the area-one miami, epic, met, etc. seems like this could become a great little neighborhood soon. Lucas, thanks for expanding the areas where you have condo search available. any chance you could include coral gables? interesting developments have come… Read more »
Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago

Love that pic of Margaret Pace Park. There are quite a few improvements since that pic has been taken. In reality it looks even nicer and feels much much larger. Is it taken from the Grand Double Tree?

La La,
Thanks for posting that link. It is amazing and I can’t wait to see all that happen. Everything in that plan will be walking distance from where I live. Surely some exciting times for Miami are ahead. In these troubled economic times, such major public projects are what we need to stir up the economy a bit.

Anonymous
DLJ
8 years 3 months ago

there used to be a public park on brickell right on the bay where jade sits and also the future site of villa magna if it ever gets built. Our corrupt government sold it to developers about 15 years ago. Its really important that we, the citizenry, protect public areas and make sure that we hold our government accountable for any dubious sales of public land to private developers. It is a shame that brickell lost this bayfront park.

Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago

DLJ,
That is scandalous. And these so called elite and enlightened Brickell denizens did nothing to prevent it!
Well Margaret Pace Park is a private trust land, leased to the city for 99 years. Even after that it will remain so.

Anonymous
NJHandyGirl
8 years 3 months ago

Storm, Lucas,

I hope you are right about the park at Midtown. My unit overlooks that area and right now, with all of the sand, it looks like a beach without water.

There are so many dog owners in the building and this would be a great opportunity for them to have some play space in walking distance. As for me, I just want to be able to sit on my balcony and look at something besides Target :-)

Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago

La La – not to rain on your parade but Linens N Things filed for bankruptcy, so get whatever you need there while you still can!

Anonymous
la la
8 years 3 months ago

Linen n Things was not the point of my comment, shopping in a rewarding urban and pedestrian environment with a feeling of safety and convenience was what I was raving about. I’ll take it over Dadeland Station anyday.

Anonymous
AZ88
8 years 3 months ago

A couple other parks to mention…

Sewell Park….on the Miami River borders a few condominium projects set to open soon, River Oaks and Terrazas River Park Village. Close proximity to Jackson/Civic Center area. Its on the Miami River and with tall royal palms… this park is a beauty.

South Point Park….undergoing multimilliondollar renovation, its got a great setting right where the ocean borders Government Cut..

Anonymous
Wild Bill
8 years 3 months ago

All these parks will be full of dog shit from owners not picking up. They cannot handle the hundreds of dogs that these condos now have. Midtowns park will become a movie theater one day. Magic Johnson’s company will be part owners. It will be modeled after the one in Harlem.

Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago

Great post Lucas. Only recently, while waiting for a customer who was staying at the Intercontinental downtown, did I actually take a walk through Bayfront Park. They even have tropical colored Adirondack chairs set up in some sand along the water. It was about 8:30am on a Sunday and the people in the chairs actually looked like tourists, not homeless. Miami has a lot to offer if one is willing to look. Looking forward to finding out about more in future posts. Thanks.

Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago
AZ 88, All the parks you mentioned except the South Point park are land locked. It makes it that much more valuable, all these other waterfront parks, which are otherwise non existent in Miami. Wild Bill, For once I have to agree with you. I just can’t understand these “educated” retards leaving dog shit unpicked. In the Pace park 90% comply but 10% not picking after their dogs is still too many (or too much lump of dump). I always point out and admonish those who do not pick up after. I hate doing it but I refuse to be… Read more »
Anonymous
Raffi
8 years 3 months ago

I hope no one here is holding their breath for any parks….this city is run by corrupt, incompetent morons. they will get some funding for it and somehow jack all the money and plant a few trees somewhere, welcome to Miami.

Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago

gables,

I added Coral Gables. Take a look at the list and let me know what I’m missing. I’m sure that I’m missing a lot. I only want to include either the well known or brand new buildings that will have interest in them from buyers.

Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago

How Come “Asia” is missing from your Brickell Key Listings?

Anonymous
gables
8 years 3 months ago

Lucas, thanks for the update on Coral Gables. There are a couple of condos which you may want to add. 55 Merrick is becoming occupied i believe. 1600 ponce is another system to come on line soon i think. there are a series of new buildings near Village of Merrick Park mall, but i do not know the names. Your list is a pretty good run at the newer, nicer buildings.

Thanks for the great blog.

Anonymous
Richard
8 years 3 months ago

The area south of Jade is not a park but pretty walkway—sad thing now is that parking is only for residents 24/7 so you can’t park and enjoy the water view any more.

Anonymous
Mr Waverly
8 years 3 months ago
Not to break the chain but really wanted to drop this in.. “Federal officials blasted the real estate industry on Thursday for not doing enough to prevent rampant fraud within its own ranks” SO TRUE… Over the last couple years there has been an underlying buzz about this dirty agent and that dirty agent. I personally time and time again reported my suspicions to The Realtor Association only to be told that I must obtain a report then file a complaint then wait. These were not just complaints, they were a shout out to the Realtor Association to get off… Read more »
Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago

It’ll never happen but I’d love to see a bayfront Little League Baseball stadium at one of these parks.

Anonymous
Dave
8 years 3 months ago

Speaking of things that would be nice but will never happen, how about the City purchasing the old Brickel CitiCentre land (the giant green space on both sides of S Miami Ave and SW 8th ST) and turning it into a “central park” for Brickell? Its a giant green field already.

Anonymous
moretroops
8 years 3 months ago

Dave, I keep asking myself my the City doesn’t do that — there’s also a space next to Axis on S. Miami that’s perfect for a little park.

Then I remember: oh yeah, Miami municipal gov’t sucks. They’re incompetent. And I have my answer.

Anonymous
BFG
8 years 3 months ago
Looks like bad news for anyone fighting to get their deposit back on a condo: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/content/business/epaper/2008/06/22/sunbiz_thesource_0622.html Exerpts: “On July 11, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that a buyer cannot easily get out of a pre-construction contract on a Riviera Beach condo unit.” “With the 4th DCA ruling, “we’re closing, one by one, the doors on all those flippers trying to speculate in the real estate market,” said John H. Pelzer, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represented the condo developer in this case.” “Pelzer said condo developers throughout the state will be using this case to hold buyers accountable… Read more »
Anonymous
movin' metro
8 years 3 months ago

only problem with a park at SW 8th and S Miami Ave is that it’d be filled with vagrants and dog poo and would be unusable in short order.

a park would have to be fenced off and locked each night, similar to Jose Marti park near NeoLofts.

Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 3 months ago

BFG
the order only deals with one segment of the lawsuits being filed (i.e., you screwed me with the condo budget). there are still other (bs) arguments being floated.

Anonymous
Un-Related
8 years 3 months ago
The “you screwed me with the condo budget” is a “minor” issue. http://beckandlee.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/will-condo-deposit-lawsuits-slow-down-in-the-wake-of-the-marina-grande-decision-the-answer-is-no/ Will Condo Deposit Lawsuits Slow Down In The Wake Of The Marina Grande Decision? The Answer Is No June 24, 2008 “There is no doubt that the recent Marina Grande opinion from the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Florida is a key decision and, as I’ve written about here, it is an important object of analysis on the issue of what constitutes a “material and adverse” change sufficient to enable a condo buyer to recover his or her preconstruction deposits. What surprises me, however, is that… Read more »
Anonymous
BFG
8 years 3 months ago
The reasons will vary as to why someone wants out of a condo purchase contract. However, the important thing to take away from that story is that it seems the courts are seeing through the BS reasons that people are using to get out of their contracts. They realize that almost all of these lawsuits are simply being brought up because of the bad real estate market. Unless you’ve got a SOLID reason for wanting to cancel a contract, you’re most likely out of luck. The courts seem to be seeing these BS reasons for what they really are: flippers… Read more »
Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 3 months ago
unrelated i’m not surprised that the IVY educated lawyers of beck and lee (i love their shameless self promotion about their educational background) would take that position. frankly, it’s not entirely intellectually dishonest. that said, every one of these suits seeking full return of deposits is. if the contract states you can get back 5% if you cancel, sure, then you should get it back. but all the other bs that is being thrown against the wall, i.e., the jacuzzi is too small or the brochure promised me i would have four light bulbs instead of three, has no merit… Read more »
Anonymous
Un-Related
8 years 3 months ago

jcrimes,

You are 100% correct when you say: “if the contract states you can get back 5% if you cancel, sure, then you should get it back”.

Tell that to Gourge Perez! They won’t pay and they won’t put you in default, to “start the clock”, even though the contracts clearly state you are entitled to the 5% (25% of deposit) if you don’t close.

That is why I urge everyone in that position to contact Chicago Title and put a “hold” on your escrow. That way Gourge gets his half when you get yours!

Anonymous
DLJ
8 years 3 months ago

Speaking about green spaces, the state of Florida is buying 187,000 acres from the sugar companies and returning them back to the everglades… awesome.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/us/24cnd-sugar.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago
AJ, Asia should be added by the end of the week. My developer is working on something for me so that I can manually add buildings and neighborhoods as I see fit. I’m going to definitely be adding 900 Biscayne, Met 1, Asia, Wind and Midtown 4. I also have some great changes that should be implemented within the next 3 weeks. One of those changes is the “Condo Deals” page. I’ve been very bad about updating that page. The new page will require about 90% less time for me to keep updated but won’t skimp on information. I think… Read more »
Anonymous
Mane
8 years 3 months ago

Lucas,
Your blog is really getting better every day. Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing the upcoming changes. BTW, your last 5 days property search is not working either…it comes blank.

Anonymous
JOHN
8 years 3 months ago

Lucas,
Dont forget to add Everglades on the Bay condo. I think its better than all those Loft buildings and I slightly like it better than 50 Biscayne!

Anonymous
moretroops
8 years 3 months ago

ILSA is the 800 lb. gorilla in these condo suits. It’s a federal law that many condo developers paid scant attention to. Court’s can’t simply overlooks violations of statutory law.

Anonymous
Kyle
8 years 3 months ago

They should make the Brickell CitiCentre a park. It already basically is a park. It’s got big trees, grass and all they’ve have to do is buy the land and build a few sidewalks through the land so people can walk around. It’d be a great investment for the city of Miami.

Who can we contact to get this?

Anonymous
Kyle
8 years 3 months ago

Also, just a suggestion for Lucas. Under the “Condo Listings” tabs on the right hand side, you should change the tab that says “Miami” to “Downtown/Midtown”.

I think it’s a bit confusing for those from outside of Miami to understand what the “Miami” tab is for as technically all the tags refer to Miami. It’d be cleaner, easier, and more specific.

Anonymous
CA
8 years 3 months ago

Un-Related,
Other thugs such as Marina Blue will not return your 5% as stated in their contract either

Anonymous
Un-Related
8 years 3 months ago
CA, Call your escrow company and find out who the underwriter on the account is. Then fax and send by courier / certified mail a letter stating: “I am in a dispute with “_______” (the developer and want a hold put on these funds until you are informed in writing that the dispute has been resolved.” Provided the escrowed funds (10% + interest) has not already been released to the developer, the escrow company is OBLIGATED to “freeze” the account. Even if you have to sue, the developer will have to wait for “his half” until the lawsuit, which you… Read more »
Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago

Lucas,
That would be great. Couldn’t wait to see all the changes. Could you ask your site developer to add a local (Site only) search option box? For Example, if I type “jcrimes” in the search field, it should be able to pull out all his (or her?) postings, both previous and current. That would be cool and also a valuable tool for referencing and quoting.

Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago
I am back in the greatest city on Earth. I miss Miami but I still love New York in the Summer and Autumn and in December. No matter how many years pass, I still get awestruck when I am driving through the canyons of Manhattan in my Open top and always wonder there is no such place on Earth. It also helps for the fact that I can only make some decent money in New York to pay those pesky taxes and HOA’s for my Miami toys. LOL. I Will be back soon in my tropical playpen, until then I… Read more »
Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 3 months ago

AJ
i’m flattered and humbled that you wish to review my thoughtful and well intentioned postings on lucas’s fine blog. as for me, my favorite postings belong to our resident south beach superstar…kevin tomlinson, or, as he’s known in the biz, “K-Tom.”

Anonymous
gables
8 years 3 months ago

does anybody have any comments on The Mark on Brickell building? I have noticed some list prices which are catching my attention. The down side is the HOA seems a little high. Anybody have any insight into the issues both good and bad for this building? For waterfront it seems like a good deal.

Anonymous
jcrimes
8 years 3 months ago
gables plus side is that the building is in a nice spot in brickell. close to a lot but the area is quiet, which is nice. also, the walkway on the water is nice. and of course, there is some major league talent residing at the building. really, it’s an impressive stable of 7’s, 8’s and 9’s. main negative is that the building itself seems tired when compared to all the new stuff coming up. as for the units, the layouts are cookie cutter and frankly, unimpressive. finally, the hoa is real high and bound to push higher. somewhat surprising… Read more »
Anonymous
gables
8 years 3 months ago

jcrimes, thanks!

i agree there is nothing remarkable about the inside or outside of the building. its location is what catches my attention. with it not being what i consider a really luxury looking building, the high HOA seems a bit odd. i did not know whether that indicated some deficiency they have had to pay for-design issues which result in higher insurence premiums? just guessing here. but it is a killer location!

Anonymous
8 years 3 months ago

Kyle,
I am planning to separate the Miami heading into various neighborhoods. I should be able to do that by the end of the week as well.

AJ,
There already is a local search box. It’s located in the above my contact information on the right hand side. It’s been there since this blog started.

Anonymous
AJ
8 years 3 months ago

Lucas,
For some reason, the search box is not very effective. My business site has a Google search box with an option to search the local site or the entire web world. The results are very comprehensive. Another advantage having google search bar is that you will also rank higher in Google search. Your web master should be able to do this very easily. I added the Google search bar myself. It is a simple html code cut and paste job. The code can be obtained from google site.

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