As the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center nears completion, there is an opportunity to name the new neighboring park north of the Convention Center to reflect the spirit the new convention center.
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and City staff collaborated on the following suggested names for the north convention center park:
1. Clubhouse Park
2. Great Ficus Park
3. North Convention Center Park
Early in 2018, the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee (NCAC) recommended the names be reviewed by the Women's Committee, who later suggested that it be heard by the Parks & Recreational Facilities Advisory Board (PRFAB), and suggested that staff develop additional recommendations.
In October 2018, the Convention Center Advisory Board (CCAB) motioned that West 8 (landscape architects) be asked to identify the featured plants being installed in the Miami Beach Convention parks and further, that the Parks and Recreation Board consider the names of these plants as potential names for the North Park renaming. — Mahogany trees and Spidering Fig tree.
On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 the PRFB took a tour of the parks and recommended the name Convention Center Waterway Park. The PRFB also suggested the City get input from the immediate neighborhood and the AiPP Board — however, the review of parks names is not within the charge of AiPP
During the December 14, 2018 NCAC meeting, staff was asked to research additional names and provide a presentation on potential names.
Staff reached out to West 8, the park designers who recommended the following options for the North Convention Center Park:
- ArtScape Park
- Canal Park For The Arts
- Collins Canal Park
- Canopy Park
- Mahogany Park
Staff worked with the City Attorney's office to ensure the naming of the parks is consistent with City Code including the naming of an exterior portion of a public facility or a park (as opposed to the naming of interior portions/rooms in a facility, or interior portions of a park). Under City Code, there is a referendum requirement unless the facility or park is to be "named or renamed solely for the name of the City, the geographic area or physical location of the facility and/or the street or portion of the street where the facility is located, the function of the facility, or the current name of the facility."
At the January 28, 2019 NCAC meeting, the committee recommended Carl Fisher Park.
Subsequent to the January 28, 2019 NCAC meeting, the City Attorney's Office advised the Administration that the name Carl Fisher Park will require a referendum.
During the February 6, 2019 NCAC meeting, the committee revisited the naming of the North Convention Center Park as Carl Fisher Park, knowing the naming would require a referendum. Thereafter, NCAC discussed the previous provided names and recommended Collins Canal Park as the name for the North Convention Center Park, after legal confirmed the name recommendation would not require a referendum.
On February 13, 2019 at the Mayor and City Commission meeting, the motion was made by Commissioner Malakoff, to approve and accept the NCAC referral of naming the northern Convention Center Park as “Collins Canal Park”, and seconded by Commissioner Aleman by a voice vote of 7-0. The motion was referred unanimously to the NCAC for review, consideration, and final recommendation.
On March 19, 2019, the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee approved the recommendation of naming the northern Convention Center Park "Collins Canal Park" to the City Commission on May 8, 2019.
The Collins Canal runs along the side of the northern Convention Center Park and was constructed by John Collins in 1912. He built it to transport avocados and mangos from his farm to barges and ships in Biscayne Bay. Today, Collins Canal is a beautiful waterway that is used mainly for recreational purposes.
The City Code requires that a proposed name be submitted in writing to the NCAC, and for the NCAC to consider, review and transmit its recommendation to the City Commission.
As such, the timeline for finalizing the northern convention center park name is as follows:
April 17, 2019 - City Clerk provides notice of Public Hearing to Miami Herald.
April 26, 2019 - Last day to publish 10 day notice of Public Hearing.
May 8, 2019 - Public Hearing on the naming the northern Miami Beach Convention Center park as "Collins Canal Park" approved by 5/7th vote (R7 item)