Javier Alberto Soto is president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. Below he writes about the Public Space Challenge, an initiative of The Miami Foundation.
The Public Space Challenge turns 3 this year. Over the last several weeks of events, we’ve watched the community come together in vibrant, reimagined gathering spaces. It’s a testament to how Greater Miami has taken this idea and ran with it.
In 2013, we set out to create a unique platform for funding new and enhanced public spaces. Both the 2012 and 2014 “Our Miami” reports highlighted the importance of parks and public spaces for our residents’ physical well-being and facilitating connections to our city and each other. Miamians have taken that concept, and coupled with the hard work of numerous local organizations leading this cause year-round, ignited a countywide movement, championing the expansion and protection of these important spaces that belong to all of us.