The Miami Beach Convention Center is in the process of greening its environs. In the latest step in an ambitious program, crews broke ground last week on a project that will transform the building's surface parking lot into a 5.8-acre public park.
Expected to be completed in October, the park will feature:
- 500 new trees
- Open lawn space
- Shaded areas
- A veterans memorial
- Lit walkways
- Public restroom facilities
- Local art
The initiative is all part of an ongoing $620 million expansion and redesign of the MBCC, which includes a new 60,000-square-foot ballroom, an additional 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and 84 new breakout rooms.
Once all work is completed, the 25-acre convention center campus will feature 12 acres of new green space — including the above-mentioned park, a recently completed 2.8-acre park on the facility's north side, and landscaped medians and streetscapes. Officials add that some 1,330 new trees and 580 mangroves will line the Collins Canal.
In additioin, during the 2018 midterm elections, Miami voters approved a new convention center hotel, which is planned to have 800 rooms. Stay tuned for details.