Pocket Parks
Little Havana, Miami, FL

Project Type: Planning & Zoning
Project Status: Ongoing
Completion Date: Ongoing
Site Area: n/a
Team: PlusUrbia
Client: City of Miami - Pro bono work


Everyone can agree that Miami is a city with an evident lack of green public spaces. A 2015 report by The Trust for Public Land, City Park Facts, found that within the city limits, out of 22,957 land acres, only 1,442 are park acres in Miami, or 6.3%. That equates to only 3.5 park acres for every 1,000 residents. The challenge is finding suitable and affordable locations for parks accessible to citizens.


One of the solutions is pocket parks. A number of these smaller spaces, usually located in vacant lots within the urban fabric, serve people who live in their vicinity. With a pocket park nearby, people don’t have to rely on making their way to a big city park to take their kids to play, read under a tree, walk their dog or simply enjoy being outside.


A pocket park should be accessible by a short walk for all residents in a neighborhood. This is already an incentive to get people to walk and exercise. A pocket park also increases social interaction, thereby fostering a stronger community. This in turn plays a role in reducing crime in the neighborhood. With all of the benefits that come with pocket parks, it is expected that the properties surrounding them dramatically increase in value.


Because of all of the positive outcomes they bring, PlusUrbia proposes designs for pocket parks to replace the many vacant lots in Little Havana. As the densest neighborhood in Miami, Little Havana goes through blocks on end without any green public spaces. Converting vacant lots to pocket parks throughout the neighborhood can create a connection of spaces that will help continue to transform Little Havana into a more walkable, enjoyable and safe place for its residents.




Pocket Parks
Little Havana, Miami, FL
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Pocket Parks
Little Havana, Miami, FL

Project Type: Planning & Zoning
Project Status: Ongoing
Completion Date: Ongoing
Site Area: n/a
Team: PlusUrbia
Client: City of Miami - Pro bono work


Everyone can agree that Miami is a city with an evident lack of green public spaces. A 2015 report by The Trust for Public Land, City Park Facts, found that within the city limits, out of 22,957 land acres, only 1,442 are park acres in Miami, or 6.3%. That equates to only 3.5 park acres for every 1,000 residents. The challenge is finding suitable and affordable locations for parks accessible to citizens.


One of the solutions is pocket parks. A number of these smaller spaces, usually located in vacant lots within the urban fabric, serve people who live in their vicinity. With a pocket park nearby, people don’t have to rely on making their way to a big city park to take their kids to play, read under a tree, walk their dog or simply enjoy being outside.


A pocket park should be accessible by a short walk for all residents in a neighborhood. This is already an incentive to get people to walk and exercise. A pocket park also increases social interaction, thereby fostering a stronger community. This in turn plays a role in reducing crime in the neighborhood. With all of the benefits that come with pocket parks, it is expected that the properties surrounding them dramatically increase in value.


Because of all of the positive outcomes they bring, PlusUrbia proposes designs for pocket parks to replace the many vacant lots in Little Havana. As the densest neighborhood in Miami, Little Havana goes through blocks on end without any green public spaces. Converting vacant lots to pocket parks throughout the neighborhood can create a connection of spaces that will help continue to transform Little Havana into a more walkable, enjoyable and safe place for its residents.