Groundbreaking Ceremony Makes Way for New 5.8-acre Public Park

Groundbreaking Ceremony

MIAMI BEACH, FL – May 3, 2019 – The re-imagined Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC, a Spectra-managed venue) and the City of Miami Beach were proud to invite the general public and area residents to a highly-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony that marks the transformation of the Convention Center’s surface parking lot into a new 5.8-acre public green space.

 The new public green space is designed by Fentress Architects and West 8, and is estimated to be completed Fall 2019. The park will feature 500 new trees, open lawn spaces, shaded areas, walkways, lighting, a veteran’s memorial and a stunning public art installation by acclaimed international artists Elmgreen & Dragset.

 At completion, the entire MBCC campus will encompass 12 acres of new green spaces: the 5.8-acre park celebrating its groundbreaking, 2.8-acre Collins Canal Park to the north, and surrounding landscaping. The completed MBCC offers a 245% increase from the previous surrounding Convention Center Campus area and will have 1,330 new trees (including 580 mangroves lining Collins Canal Park).

 The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is the centerpiece to Miami Beach’s meetings and conventions industry. Re-imagined following a $620-million-dollar renovation, the expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom, almost 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, an expanded Grand Lobby, pre-function areas that are bathed in natural light, up to 84 breakout rooms, almost 2,100 miles of cabling to support all IT communications, $7.1 million dollars’ worth of art curated by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places program, a new six-acre public green space that can serve as incremental event space, and much, much more.

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