Monday, January 31, 2011

Grand Central Park Set for Approval of Florida’s First Instant Park


Omni Park West Redevelopment Association Inc's Grand Central Park Project is on the City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) agenda for final vote to fund Florida’s first Instant Park located on the former site of the Miami Arena.

Brad Knoefler, Director of Omni Park West Redevelopment Association Inc. (OPWRA) a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation in Miami, Florida is pleased to announce Florida’s first Instant Park.

Miami - Omni Park West Redevelopment Association Inc, a Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation, in Miami, Florida is on the City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) agenda for final vote to fund Grand Central Park to be Florida’s first Instant Park located in Downtown Miami, on the former site of the Miami Arena. 

Grand Central Park will be built in 30 days according to OPWRA’s Architectural plan, leading the movement of rapid deployment multi-use recreational facilities for temporary and permanent use across the State of Florida. 

OPWRA is community based not-for-profit group Directed by Bradley Knoefler, consisting of grass-roots volunteers and a citizen board of directors.  Walter Meyer, the Owner of Local Office Landscape, a Landscape Architecture firm located in Brooklyn, New York designed the Instant Park concept, which OPWRA will erect on 5 acres of Downtown Miami urban blight.

OPWRA invested “privately donated funds well over $100,000” according to Knoefler, “clearing 1/8th of a linear mile’s blighted train tracks, and Completing Phase 1 of the Grand Central Park Project”.  City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said through his Twitter account @MarcSarnoff, “We hope the park will be a great success” on Saturday evening.

Grand Central Park will provide needed green space and recreational area for thousands of new Downtown Miami residents.   The park will exist for a minimum period of 3 years, while the final status of the former Miami Arena site is determined.

“Grand Central Park will serve as a catalyst for redevelopment of Downtown Miami, and improve quality of life for City residents” says OPWRA Director, Bradley Knofler, “We hope that Grand Central Park will serve as a model for converting blighted lots into active green spaces which communities need.”

For questions and further information, please visit or contact Bradley Knoefler directly at 305.814.6219 or or follow the Grand Central Park twitter account @gcparkmiami

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