On Saturday, August 8, over 500 Miamians gathered behind American Airlines Arena to draw attention to the 4-acre piece of public waterfront land formerly known as Parcel B and dedicated as Dan Paul Park by activists in June. Attempting to break a world record for largest chalk drawing on the concrete that now covers most of this formerly green space, concerned citizens expressed their frustration with the 20 year delay in opening this park (promised by the County and the Heat as part of the deal that allowed for construction of AmericanAirlines Arena) and their visions for the space. An increasing number of organizations are involved in this issue, including the UEL, Engage Miami, Emerge Miami, The New Tropic, Dream Defenders, Colony1, Roots Collective, and Urban Paradise Guild.
Miami New Times 8/7/15
After decades of inaction from city leaders and the Miami Heat on creating a promised park behind American Airlines Arena, Miami activists took matters into their own hands in June. Hundreds gathered to rechristen a stretch of waterfront asphalt as “Dan Paul Park,” named for a pioneering parks activist, aiming to bring publicity to the forgotten green space.
But activists aren’t done yet drawing attention to Miami’s lack of funding for parks. This Saturday, hundreds are expected back at Dan Paul Park — this time aiming to break a world record with a three-acre long chalk drawing.
Miami Herald 8/8/15
More than a dozen community organizations met Saturday afternoon at Parcel B behind AmericanAirlines Arena to voice their support for a public park along the waterfront. A few hundred people participated in the event, which was dubbed “Chalk-tacular: an art project to reclaim Dan Paul Park.”