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Brickell neighbors visit 4 area parks in Eco-Tour

Sixty-five intrepid BHA neighbors and friends braved cloudy skies for an insider’s tour of nature’s extraordinary ecological jewels surrounding the Brickell community at the first-ever Brickell Eco-Tour in November 2013.

The day began at Simpson Park with a continental breakfast and walking tour of the hammock of Simpson Park. This 7.8-acre park was once part of an extensive coastal hammock system or tropical jungle, known as Brickell Hammock, that extended along Bisca…

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Fall 2012 – 1814 Brickell Park opens at last! Dedication held

Just a week shy of one year since groundbreaking, the park at 1814 Brickell Avenue is finally opened, in time for Memorial Day 2012! This is welcome news after various construction delays, including the early discovery of ancient bones on the grounds. BHA salutes Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for his vision for this parcel of land in the middle of the Brickell corridor, and his persistence in seeing it to fruition.

The park features a large work of art by Artist Christian Bern…

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Spring 2012 – 1814 Brickell Park to open!

Just a week shy of one year since groundbreaking, the park at 1814 Brickell Avenue is finally slated to open on May 25th. This is welcome news after various construction delays, including the early discovery of ancient bones on the grounds. BHA salutes Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for his vision for this parcel of land in the middle of the Brickell corridor, and his persistence in seeing it to fruition.

The park features a large work of art by Artist Christian Bernard, who is…

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Spring 2012 – Community advocates for increased Brickell parkland

By Mark Schrieber

Brickell has undergone a significant transformation over the past few years, burgeoning from a neighborhood dominated by offices with little activity after the workday ended, into a bustling urban district which is the envy of all of Miami. The recent condo boom has provided a healthy mix of residential options and retail components giving Brickell the highest residential density south of Manhattan.

However, there is still a critical piece of infrastru…

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Fall 2011 – More parks, play space coming to Brickell

While neighbors watch the transformation of 1814 Brickell Avenue into a public park, more public greenspace is coming online, thanks to some of Commissioner Sarnoff’s ingenious initiatives.

In late September Brickell residents celebrated the groundbreaking for Flatiron Park (rendering above), followed by the groundbreaking for a playground installation at Brickell Park a week later (left). All three park projects are slated to be completed in this calendar year.

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Fall 2011 – Children’s playground going in at Brickell Park

The new children’s playground at Brickell Park (between ICON at Brickell and the First Presbyterian Church), was developed in response to the growing number of families who have moved to the Brickell area in recent years.

“Families are the bedrock of growth for our city,” said Commissioner Sarnoff. “The pioneering Brickell family who settled this area knew that, and this playground is just another wonderful addition for the families of Miami to enjoy the outdoors.…

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Brickell resident-activist draws attention, activity to neighborhood jewel

All too often Brickell residents walk, jog, bike or drive by Simpson Park and wonder “what’s in there?” but are hesitant or don’t take the time to investigate. Brickell resident Adriana Tio and Park Manager Juan Fernandez are working to change that.

Tio, who moved to Brickell Harbour three years ago from Coral Gables says Simpson Park is a beautiful, natural sanctuary that should be enjoyed more by the neighborhood.

“I’ve always been a big lover of the Everg…

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Summer 2010 – Design plans for Brickell Avenue’s new park get thumbs-up

BHA representatives liked what they saw in May when Commissioner Marc Sarnoff shared renderings for the 1814 Brickell Avenue site that he secured for a new neighborhood park.

The design plans include those items highest on residents’ wish list: a playground area, a dog area and a quiet area. The raised central lawn and water feature, keystone-clad steps and formal treatment were welcomed additional features, befitting the Brickell setting, neighbors agreed.

There was …

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Fall 2009 – Simpson Park second phase underway

The “second phase” to the effort to open up Simpson Park at its northeast entrance for better neighbor access is underway, Commissioner Sarnoff’s office tells us. We reported on the new entry and deck at the corner of Broadway (15th Road) and South Miami Avenue in the last BHA News, but the story had the usual bitter-sweetness of area projects. The new entryway looked beautiful, but alas, the gate was locked. There was some talk of funds needed to complete the project. The or…

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Fall 2009 – Still looking for parks

On the cover of the BHA News that came out last March, we heralded a unique public-private partnership conceived of by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff promised to provide residents open park space in an undeveloped private lot owned by long-time developer Tibor Hollo. Site plans were drawn. Neighbors and media were notified. A press conference was held on the site and photos were snapped.

We were all excited by plans that included a pedestrian path along Biscayne Bay, a boardwal…

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