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New public park opens along Interstate 395 in Miami

Omni Park will be a temporary green space until a reconstruction of I-395 starts
March 18, 2017 09:35AM

Omni Park rendering

The Omni Community Redevelopment Agency and the Pérez Art Museum Miami held a grand opening Friday for Omni Park, a temporary seven-acre green space just north of Interstate 395 in Miami.

The redevelopment agency and the art museum paid for the pop-up park, a $318,000 project on four blocks extending east to west from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to Interstate 95.

The temporary park next to I-395 is located on land owned by the Florida Department of Transportation, which plans to rebuild I-395 and to turn the land beneath the elevated road into a permanent park.

Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, who chairs the redevelopment agency, told the Miami Herald the temporary park will “pre-activate” the area before I-395 is rebuilt and a permanent park is put beneath the elevated road.

The temporary park features gravel paths, chickee huts and cafés built from shipping containers. The park wasn’t completely finished when it opened Friday. Crews were still pouring concrete for a skating facility at the park on Thursday.

More than 60 percent of Omni Park’s $318,000 budget paid for mobile assets, which could be relocated or stored during the reconstruction of I-395.  [Miami Herald]Mike Seemuth