By Dana Robin Goldman, Mayor
(Monday, October 10, 2022) – The City is embarking on an exciting journey to revamp and revitalize our parks and recreation programs, services and offerings. Our Cultural and Community Services (CCS) department is managing and aiding in the development of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan. What will the master plan entail? The long-ranging planning document will develop a comprehensive park system plan that defines the direction, development, and delivery of the city’s parks and recreation services over the next 10 years. We intend the plan to have a profound impact on Sunny Isles Beach residents and their future parks and recreation system. The purpose is to provide the opportunity to reimagine the vision and goals of the CCS department while establishing a shared set of community needs and priorities. Ultimately, we will build a foundation with a focused direction for the development and delivery of parks, recreation, and community services.
Our parks are the cornerstone of the Sunny Isles Beach community. We have 11 parks within city limits and 98% of residents live within walking distance of at least one park. Whether your kids play at the Town Center Park playground, you attend Tai Chi at Gateway Center, or bring the whole family to Booogie by the Beach every year at Pelican Community Park, our parks and facilities offer something for everyone. The master plan will help determine how to focus, diversify, and expand what you can do at your favorite park.
There are four phases to the project: Learning, Exploring, Envisioning, and Implementation. The master plan is currently in the Research and Public Engagement processes, which will identify our community’s needs and priorities in order to begin establishing the long-range vision and its associated recommendations and implementations. Once the Final Master Plan is complete, it will be presented at a public open house before coming to the City Commission for adoption.
The most important part of the master plan process is your input. Feedback from the community is essential to building a well- rounded and realistic plan that our community will be proud to enjoy. Beginning later this month, we invite you to our Virtual Open House where you can help establish your community vision. Accessible online at oursibparksplan.com, you will watch a short welcome video, view information boards and participate in a series of engagement exercises to provide your input. The Virtual Open House will be accessible at any time and we encourage you to share the link with your friends and neighbors. Looking ahead, we will be distributing an online survey that we hope to gain your honest feedback.
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is an important opportunity that will provide a guideline to best respond to the changing needs and priorities of our residents and community. Together we will reach new heights for a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future for all Sunny Isles Beach residents.