The Miami Herald
If there’s one thing not lacking in the western reaches of Miami’s desolate but very-slowly-coming-to-life Omni district, it’s vacant land. So a city agency, neighborhood activists and the Pérez Art Museum Miami have agreed to collaborate on an enticing idea to put some of it to good use right away.
“You have to beautify and activate,” says Knoefler, who runs a bar nearby. This is his second go-round with temporary urban park space. In 2012 he created Grand Central Park, since demolished to make way for Miami Worldcenter. The funding for this venture comes from the city’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, which hopes to stimulate commercial revitalization. “The park is a catalyst,” Knoefler notes. “When the park goes away, you’ll have a fully functioning neighborhood.”
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“l live and work here and hang out around here all the time so I wanted to beautify and activate the neighborhood,” said Knoefler, who used to own the now-closed Grand Central music venue. In collaboration with the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, a government agency whose goal it is to reduce slum and blight, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Knoefler hopes the park will bring life into the desolate stretch between Museum Park and North Miami Avenue.
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A team of self-described “tactical urbanists” have commenced construction on a seven acre park in the heart of downtown Miami. When completed, Omni Park will include food and beverage vendors, a sound stage, skate park, and artwork.