Halissee Gate Pocket Park
Miami, FL

Project Type: Urban design, Historic preservation, At the drawing board,
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Halissee Gate Pocket Park

Project Type: Public Open Space
Project Status: Completed
Dates: April 2023
Site Area: 0.16 AC
Team: Plusurbia Design 

Located in the western corner of Overtown, the historic entrance of John Sewell’s grand home is marked by two limestone columns, often referred to as Halissee Gate. Today, Halissee Gate stands as a forgotten relic of old Florida, separated from the home by blocks of infill development and the Dolphin Expressway.

The Sewell Pocket Park project seeks to re-establish a virtual connection between Halissee Gate and Sewell’s home by creating a new pocket park that showcases the area’s history and lost urban framework. Plusurbia Design prepared a design and concept feasibility to encourage the City of Miami to revitalize this empty lot where Halissee Gate columns still stand as a passive public open space to be enjoyed by the local Overtown community.

The project was completed in April 2023 and includes various features, such as seating areas, shade structures, native landscape, artistic elements, and informational plaques, all intended to educate and enrich the life of the community. The project also includes improvements to the adjacent right-of-way surrounding Halissee Gate, creating a safer pedestrian environment.

The Pocket Park project is part of Plusurbia Design’s effort to build stronger urban connections in Overtown and provide the community with safe, vibrant public spaces for gathering and recreation. The park serves as a lasting reminder of the neighborhood’s rich heritage and commitment to creating a brighter future. In addition to the Pocket Park, Plusurbia Design has partnered with other local organizations to develop additional public spaces throughout The City.

From plazas that reflect Miami’s rich history and vibrant culture to pocket parks and playgrounds that give children a safe place to play, Plusurbia Design is committed to creating meaningful and lasting public spaces for locals.

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