The purpose of the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space System Master Plan was to create a 50 year,
unifying vision for a livable, sustainable Miami-Dade County “Through the Parks Window” and establish a new
development “culture” that focused on the principles of equity, accessibility, seamlessness, sustainability, beauty and
the generation of multiple benefits. Almost ten years later, the plan continuous to be used by Miami-Dade County
Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department to drive and inform Department decisions.
The Plan provides a physical framework for sustainability focused on five “subsystems”: parks, public spaces, natural
and cultural areas, greenways and blueways, and streets. The plan also establishes a framework for the development of Eco-Zones throughout the County that promote access and appreciation with responsible environmental stewardship of environmentally sensitive lands. The planning process included a lifestyle/demographics analysis; analysis of the existing system; a week-long charrette; neighborhood, community and county-wide vision plans; benchmarking and economic analysis; public involvement; and the development of a comprehensive, integrated County-wide Open Space Vision. The process also included a community wide kick-off event, public workshops and collaboration with local, state and federal agencies. Principles established for this Model Park system included:
Carlos F. Perez served as the Parks Planner for the project and David Barth served as the Principal-In-Charge while working with Glatting Jackson/AECOM.