The Power of Chalk: A Big Win for Public Spaces and Our Community

We won!  

For what seems like an eternity, organizations including the Urban Environmental League, Emerge Miami and Engage Miami have dedicated themselves to the cause of holding the Miami-Dade accountable for a promise it made to the people back in 1996.  When voters approved the American Airlines arena, the county also promised them that a 5-acre plot of waterfront land behind the arena would be made into a “world-class park.”  

Nineteen years later, private businesses used the space for valet parking and as a staging area for events. The county even allowed Formula E Racing to lay concrete on top of grass so that racecars can enjoy the space that belongs to us.  Formula E promised to remove the asphalt immediately after the event in March.  The concrete lingered for more than 5 months, a reminder of a promise unfulfilled.   

On August 8, 2015, the people took to the ground.  The community held an event dubbed the “Chalktacular,” a large-scale art-project that would send the message that paved parks need grass roots.  

This land is our land!  Artists, children and doodlers gathered to make #Dan Paul Park a reality.  

The Urban Paradise Guild covered the parking lot with a bit of paradise.  

Smash the Slumlords teamed up to advocate for affordable housing.

Miami’s tall-bike community came out to support the park and to show off their sweet rides.  

Big ups to Dark Matter Collective for empowering artists through economic autonomy!  

The people of Colony1 pour themselves into the cause of environmental sustainability every day.

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The Miami Herald recognized the astounding 700-person turnout to Dan Paul Park -- on the hottest day of the year no less!  

Progress isn’t always pretty.  Pavement turned back to grass before our eyes, a full nine months after the Formula E race.

A team of powerful Engagers asked Mayor Gimenez to lift the pavement from Parcel B at a Budget Town Hall meeting in late August.  Thank you, Mayor Gimenez, for listening and taking action.

The people deserve a better, greener Miami.

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#Progress was made because we united as a community and demanded that our leaders fulfill their promises to us.    

This Victory is ours, Thank you Miami. #DanPaulPark