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Miami-Dade Parks trades #Gray4Green in Brickell for "PARK(ing) Day Miami 2016"

The annual event is held in conjunction with world-wide PARK(ing) Day activities that transforms metered parking spots as urban parks.

MIAMI (September 12, 2016)

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is creating an urban oasis in the Brickell area! Everyone is invited to join the expedition on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., as they transform parking spaces into a mini pop-up park at 62 SW 10th Street (adjacent to Camden Brickell Apartments and Brickell Fresh Cafe), as part of the “PARK(ing) Day Miami 2016” event. The activities are free and open to everyone. The event is presented by the Miami-based civic innovation firm Urban Impact Lab.

Bask in the ambience of Miami-Dade Parks’ parking-space sized greenery. The park-let will provide a shady ‘green’ spot with tree, turf, park benches and a picnic table, so passers-by can sit and enjoy an Eco show during lunch and  the Parks Gallery Exhibition after work. All will have an opportunity to register for the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade’s prize drawings that will include Miami EcoAdventures™ kayak and paddle board excursions, a kayak excursion to Vizcaya’s Hidden Mangrove Estuary a stand up paddle board excursion courtesy of Sailboards of Miami, a
Miami Watersports Complex’s extreme wakeboarding experience and two monthly transit passes courtesy of Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works. 

Featured activities will include:
12-2 p.m. Wildlife Presentation by Miami EcoAdventures™
3:05 p.m. Cafecito Break - FREE
3 - 5 p.m. Prize Drawings
4 - 6 p.m. Happy Hour and Parks Showcase
5:30 p.m. Announcement of PARKing “Design Winner”

The Parks Gallery  Exhibition illustrates Miami-Dade Parks shared vision for an integrated system of great parks and public spaces, natural and cultural areas, all linked across the region through greenways, waterways, complete streets and sidewalks.

In addition, the community is encouraged to join Miami-Dade Parks on social media in advocating for more green urban spaces, as part of the Park(ing) Day Miami 2016, using the hashtags #Parkingdaymiami and #TradeGray4Green.

Partnering contest sponsors for this year’s Park(ing) Day Miami include AIA Miami, Miami Center for Architecture and Design, Miami-Dade Parks, Miami Parking Authority, Neat Streets Miami, and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.

The Parks department’s temporary pop-up park, echoes the Miami-Dade County Parks and Public Space Master Plan that envisions the transformation of the County into a walkable, healthier community, where every resident lives within a quarter-of-a-mile or a ten-minute walking distance from a public park.

“PARK(ing) Day reminds us that ‘green’ parks and open spaces are among our most significant assets,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “It goes hand-in-hand with Miami-Dade County’s GreenPrint sustainability initiative and our developing master for building a seamless system of walkable-bikeable parks, greenways and tree-lined trails that will better the way we live, work and play and has the co-benefits of reducing our dependence on automobiles, which reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Miami-Dade Parks Director, Jack Kardys added: “Green parks and open spaces have a wide-reaching effect on the health and well-being of the communities they serve.  This is the strategy behind our Open Spaces Master Plan that promotes a more vital, attractive, better connected and environmentally aware community.” 

More information about Park (ing) Day Miami activities can be found at www.parkingdaymiami.com and a global map of all participating cities is available on the PARK(ing) Day website.

Miami-Dade Parks is supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.