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2006 Great Park Summit

National and local leaders gathered to speak about parks, conservation open space and sustainable approaches to urban design. But most importantly, officially launched the two-year Open Space Master Plan initiative.

The 2006 Summit, kicked off the public planning process to prepare a new Open Space Master Plan for the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, it served to initiate a dialogue throughout the community about the significant contribution of parks, recreation and conservation open space to the health and economic vitality of the South Florida community.

The Great Parks Summit kicks-off a two-year process to create a new Open Space Master Plan, which will replace the existing Open Space Master Plan created in 1969 by Miami-Dade Parks’ first director, A.D. Barnes. The previous Open Space Master Plan is now complete and has successfully guided the County’s Park and Recreation Department in the development of the third largest park system in the nation, a system that now totals over 12,000 acres and includes more than 250 sites.  In addition, Miami-Dade Park and Recreation has been recognized as a leader in the nation in providing recreational programs to a large, diverse community.

The new Open Space Master Plan will continue where the other one leaves off to guide future park development and stewardship into the 21st century. It will provide a vision for connecting parks to each other and to neighborhoods through tree-lined streets, parkways, boulevards, trails and waterways for greater recreational opportunities and connections between people and the built and natural environment.

The Master Plan will be a pro-active tool to comprehensively address Miami-Dade County citizens’ desire for a livable green community; a policy document that provides a long-term vision for a connected park system that includes active and passive demands for recreation and conservation open space needs of residents and tourists.


Speakers include Fred Kent, President of Project for Public Spaces who will speak about “Building Cities Around Places;” Jim Bowen, Vice President of RiverCity Company who will discuss “Building Strong Private-Public Partnerships: The Tennessee Riverpark Project;” Charles Jordan, Chairman of The Conservation Fund who will speak about “A Progressive Park System: Removing Boundaries and Forging Partnerships.”   


In the afternoon, there was a panel discussion on the topic of “Toward Sustainability: A Regional Approach” featuring a presentation by Audrey Bennett, Director of Planning and Environmental Service Branch for the Ontario Greenbelt Project. The discussion leaders include Dan Kimball, Everglades National Park Superintendent; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami; and George Jones, District 5 Bureau Chief of the Division of Florida State Parks.

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