Wednesday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m.
JFK Public Library
190 W 49th St, Hialeah
Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch Library
15205 SW 88th St
Miami, Florida 33196
To help Challenge participants with the planning, writing, and execution of their projects, The Miami Foundation will host a series of public workshops with Urban Impact Lab and Design Thinking Miami.
For more information and to submit an idea, visit ideas.ourmiami.org. To schedule interviews or discuss the Challenge with The Miami Foundation, please contact Meieli Sawyer at 305-668-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
for the fourth year in a row, The Miami Foundation is launching the Public Space Challenge, a contest for ideas that create, improve or activate local gathering places like parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, basketball courts and plazas in Greater Miami. The Foundation invests $305,000 to make the top ideas a reality. Health Foundation of South Florida will support winning ideas increasing access to fresh food and healthy lifestyles; the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata will support ideas in West End. Anyone can submit and idea â€“ individuals, groups, public agencies, nonprofits, private companies â€“ at ideas.ourmiami.org from March 15th through April 21st.
â€œThe success of Greater Miamiâ€™s exponential growth depends on our ability to develop and enhance the spaces that keep us connected as a community,â€ said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. â€œResidents strongly supported our advocacy push to help increase the county and city parks budgets last year. That energy, plus excitement around catalytic parks like Underline and Ludlam Trail, prove that this community is fervently demanding activated, safe and beautiful open gathering places. The Challenge puts the power in residentsâ€™ hands to create these important spaces themselves.â€
The Challenge has funded projects big and small from Homestead to Hialeah, Wynwood to Miami Gardens. Most of them are submitted by local residents committed to improving Greater Miami, like David Hazim, whose passion for disc golf led him to submit a winning idea to create a course in his neighborhood at Homestead Air Reserve Park. Dejha Carrington, a 2015 Challenge winner, sought to activate the Miami skyline as a place to unite the local community. She created a public art project on the side of the InterContinental Miami. The hotelâ€™s 19-story digital wall lit up with original art moving in sync with contemporary, instrumental music streamed online for a community-wide experience. More than 1,000 ideas have been submitted and over $500,000 invested in winning ideas since the Challengeâ€™s inception.
â€œThis is a movement toward creating a county bursting with great public spaces â€“ a county where every Miamian is a 10-minute walk from an urban retreat to share with their friends and neighbors,â€ said Stuart Kennedy, director of program strategy and innovation. â€œThis year, we want to cast an even wider net, so weâ€™re encouraging creativity to reimagine what local public spaces can be.â€