Museum Park Phase I & II was born out of the original $45 million park master plan. In 2010, the recession forced the City to temporarily abandon the project. In 2011-12, as the recession came to a close, the City decided to begin a scaled-down version of the original park, priced at $10 million, as a first step towards realizing the original Park’s design intent.
Our design team was challenged with the redesign of Museum Park (see Museum Park Master Plan) to meet the City’s immediate needs. Due to Phase I’s limited available budget, it was determined that creating a bold entry statement to the Museums and enhancing access to the waterfront provided the most important value to the community at large. The approved improvements in this phase included a Baywalk, anchored by a plaza at the end of a water slip and a bi-level plaza –linked by a sloped lawn and sculptural “grand” staircase – in front of the Art Museum, an Entry Promenade, and “Garden Rooms” which enjoy the last remaining view of Biscayne Bay from the City along Biscayne Boulevard. These elements are designed to take maximum advantage of the magnificent, panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, down Government Cut to the Atlantic Ocean. Phase II, which will complete the promenade and garden rooms in front of the Frost Science Museum, will begin soon upon the science museum’s completion.
Location: Miami, Florida
Client: City of Miami
Service: Landscape Architecture: Master Plan, Paving/Site Furniture Consultation, Planting & Irrigation Improvements, and Construction Phase Services
Principal Firm: Coastal Systems International, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Savino & Miller Design Studio
Date: Phase I completed in 2014; Phase II in 2016
Photography: © Paul Morris
Award: 2015 Florida ASLA Award of Merit