I love this thread! I would cry if this one goes dead! I wanna see more parks!
I love these threads too! The slightly bad news is that I started one with a walking tour South Beach about 6 months ago, it died. And one about downtown parks when the DuPont park "controversy" was trying to gain tractation, it died a quick death. But we're not giving up. For those that missed it, here are some pictures from South Beach. Also, I have a feeling that in general, Miamians aren't really that
interested in their parks. Certainly not as much as Chicagoans. I've lived in Chicago and love their parks, but I think that there are few things to consider when questioning why Chicago has more parks than Miami. Those parks were developed before
the invention of television, airconditioning, and automobiles. A very local form of entertainment was a must.
Additionally, not too many urban building in Chicago, NYC, etc have swimming pools...let alone swimming pools like this...
The Flamingo South Beach
No wonder the residents aren't at the park!
In South Beach, another attraction, although not technically a park, is the Lincoln Road Mall. Although Lincoln Road used to be accessible by cars, the city has converted it to a pedestrian/public space. Locals gather like they would in one of the great parks that other cities boast.
The 1100 Block of Lincoln Road, the block just before it becomes strickly pedestrian. That is the Regal Cinema on the right by Bernanrd Zyscovich.
Sure, there is a major commerical element on Lincoln Road, but this is what parks are competing with in Miami. This shot is from a table at Segafredo this is a beautiful mosaic tile fountain. Lincoln Road is loaded with fountains and trees and artwork.
Okay, enough Lincoln Road. Only 3 blocks from Lincoln Road is a massive park in the middle of one of the most dense cities in the United States. Flamingo Park is bounded by 15th Street to the north, 11th Street to the south, Meridian Avenue on the East and Alton Road on the west. About 4 blocks by 4 blocks. I think that is lot of park space, especially considering the Lumus park is only 6 blocks away and extends for about 10 blocks of green space with bike/blade/walking paths.
Enty to Flamingo Park...ratty sign, but it describes lots of amenties. Public swimming pool (laps and kiddy waterpark), Championship lighted clay tennis courts (aobut 36 total and 24 or so under the lights), football field, 2 soccer fields, 3 baseball diamonds, dog park with little doggie toys, raquetball, handball, Basketball, plenty space for Frisbee, etc, etc, etc
The newly designed kiddy pool, open to the public.
Here is a pic of one of the many fancy sportscars in South Beach.
Enjoy! I'll re-post the Bayfront Park photos in the near future.