Dead­line rapidly ap­proach­ing for $305,000 res­i­dent-driven ideas con­test

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Top ideas to im­prove Greater Miami’s parks, green­ways, blue­ways and pub­lic spa­ces will re­ceive $305,000 in fund­ing Miami – A beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project that is also prac­ti­cal al­lows Tri-Rail rid­ers at the Hialeah Mar­ket Sta­tion to wait for the train un­der shaded cover, seated on geo­met­ric benches, while en­joy­ing a train-in­spired mu­ral. As one of the win­ners of the 2016 Pub­lic Space Chal­lenge, the trans­for­ma­tion was funded with $20,000 from The Miami Foun­da­tion and was un­veiled in March 2018.

The Miami Foun­da­tion be­gan wel­com­ing more win­ning ideas on April 4, when it launched the 2018 Pub­lic Space Chal­lenge. Res­i­dents, groups, com­pa­nies and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited to sub­mit their ideas to cre­ate, ac­ti­vate and im­prove lo­cal parks and pub­lic gath­er­ing places. The top ideas will share up to $305,000 in fund­ing to make their ideas a re­al­ity.

Par­tic­i­pants can visit PublicS­paceChal­lenge.org to an­swer two quick ques­tions about their idea and sub­mit it. The Chal­lenge will be open for sub­mis­sions through May 3, 2018.

“Empowering Mi­ami­ans to build their com­mu­nity is at the core of the Pub­lic Space Chal­lenge,” said Javier Al­berto Soto, pres­i­dent and CEO of The Miami Foun­da­tion. “The Chal­lenge is a unique and im­pact­ful way for res­i­dents to take own­er­ship of the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and ac­ti­va­tion of their pub­lic spa­ces. By im­prov­ing our city for our­selves, we cre­ate the kind of en­gag­ing and thriv­ing com­mu­nity we want to live in.” In 2017, The Miami Foun­da­tion se­lected 21 Chal­lenge win­ners, and in part­ner­ship with Tar­get, awarded $350,000 in grant fund­ing. Sub­mit­ted by Chris­tine Rupp and the Dade Her­itage Trust, one of the win­ning ideas con­verts the cur­rently closed, his­toric Fla­gler Cot­tage in Ft. Dal­las Park into a café and bike ren­tal shop on the Miami River Green­way. An­other win­ning idea from the South Florida Na­tional Parks Trust – Cit­i­zen­ship Cer­e­monies in Na­tional Parks – in­tro­duces new cit­i­zens to nearby green spa­ces and wa­ter­ways by host­ing the mean­ing­ful events in one of South Florida’s na­tional parks.

Launched in 2013, the Pub­lic Space Chal­lenge is a plat­form for res­i­dents to cre­ate, im­prove and ac­ti­vate parks and pub­lic spa­ces in their neigh­bor­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties. Last year, in­di­vid­u­als, or­ga­ni­za­tions and pub­lic agen­cies through­out Miami-Dade County sub­mit­ted more than 440 ideas, set­ting a new record for num­ber of en­tries. The con­test has funded ac­ti­va­tions and per­ma­nent projects across the county, in­clud­ing Homestead, Miami Gar­dens, the Bis­cayne Boule­vard cor­ri­dor, Wyn­wood and West Ken­dall. A pop­u­lar op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, the Pub­lic Space Chal­lenge has gar­nered al­most 2,000 sub­mis­sions since its launch.

To learn more about last year’s win­ning ideas, visit: Pub­lic Space Chal­lenge Win­ners.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CITY OF MIAMI

FUND­ING IDEAS: Got an idea to make a pub­lic area of Miami bet­ter? Ap­ply for fund­ing from the Miami Foun­da­tion by May 3.

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