"A hardscrabble neighborhood transmuted with promise."
- Miami Herald
A 5-acre pop-up park on the site of the former Miami Arena designed as a multi-use public space capable of generating revenue for rent, staff, maintenance and improvements. It was the largest pop-up park constructed in the United States. Constructed in ninety (90) days, the completed park included two hundred and fifty (250) native species of trees, a three-and-a-half-acre lawn, and a sloping amphitheater-shaped berm made with re-purposed debris of the demolished Miami Arena. During its two-year term Grand Central Park hosted numerous community events and ticketed concerts drawing tens of thousands of visitors to Downtown Miami generating millions of dollars of economic activity in the area. It was featured as a key redevelopment driver in Tactical Urbanism Vol 2 (p.54). (https://issuu.com/streetplanscollaborative/docs/tactical_urbanism_vol_2_final)
Skate Parks are the new town squares
Urban Implementation built Downtown Miami's first skate park. After installing the basic infrastructure we turned over the skate spot to the local skate community. This DIY skate spot was built by the skate boarders and became a spring board for more, better and permanent skating facilities to be developed in Miami.
rethinking how we use public property
Urban Implementation designed the Park as a platform for ideas and other innovative uses for public land. Park(ing) Day is an international event that takes place in over 180 countries in over 300 locations worldwide. We did the first Park(ing) Day in Miami at the future site of Grand Central Park as a way to promote the project and also promote alternative uses for parking infrastructure as public green space.
People make the place
Urban Implementation built the Park as a multi-use space that could host concerts and community events in order to cover operating expenses and act as an economic engine for the neighborhood. Events such as the 12,000 person Swedish House Mafia concert and other shows subsequently brought hundreds of thousands of people into the area for the first time and reintroducing them to Downtown Miami in a positive way. We worked closely with government and non-governmental organizations to develop an innovative legal framework that allowed for on-going programming.
Urban Implementation's vision for the Park was as a platform for other uses by community organizations. Generating revenue from concerts allowed for free or subsidized rents and production costs for public interest programming. Pictured above is an open air seminar about urbanism in Miami. Other community events included hosting Miami's monthly critical mass ride and Go Dutch!.