Advocating for Sustainable, Equitable Public Spaces

Miami’s parks have suffered years of neglect and underfunding, and programming is often designed to raise revenue rather than serve communities. In response to these challenges, a network of Miami public space leaders is focusing on advocacy to promote high-quality, equitable public spaces. The team’s strategies include engaging residents in advocating for parks and public spaces, developing shared policy priorities and influencing local governments to not only invest in parks and recreation, but to do so in a way that reflects the needs of diverse communities.

"Great parks help strengthen the social fabric of Greater Miami by connecting residents and the neighborhoods they live in. The more connected we are, the more likely we are to overcome challenges and create resilience within our ever-changing local and global environment. "
–Loren Parra, Director of Public Affairs, The Miami Foundation

Reimagining the Civic Commons in Miami

Great parks, public spaces, natural areas, streets, greenways and blueways create the framework for a more sustainable community, increased property values and improved public health. With Miami as the second-fastest growing large city in the country, and Miami-Dade’s overall population growing at a marginally slower rate, there is opportunity to invest in a park system that improves both quality of life and attractiveness to business.

Integral to achieving this mission is growing the voices of park and public space advocates in the community. Miami public space leaders are convening as a network to develop shared policy priorities and implementation strategies to ensure the city and region are equitably and sustainably improving public space.

In Miami, we are always thankful for our mighty parks coalition. We believe in the power of our subtropical skyline to bring us together and help create equity within our city.

A Collaborative Effort


  • The Miami Foundation


  • The JPB Foundation
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation