Community meeting with artist Walter Hood

OLCDC & partners win National APA Planning Achievement Award for Pop-Up Park Initiative

On March 31st, OLCDC's Pop-Up Park Initiative, From Pop-Up to Permanent, was selected as the recipient of the American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Achievement Award for a Grassroots Initiative.

For the Pop-Up Park Initiative, OLCDC worked in concert with the Gold Coast Section of the APA Florida Chapter and other partners to create a safe, public space for Opa-locka residents, developing a permanent community park and KaBOOM! playground.

The Initiative won an APA Florida Award of Excellence in September 2014.


OLCDC and partners present free books and BBQ

On Saturday, March 28th, OLCDC and Bookleggers Library hosted a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and BBQ!

~See photos from the event.

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Bookleggers' rules are simple:

1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) Bookleggers accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book costs $2.

OLCDC builds momentum in health with 2nd Annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair!

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, OLCDC joined forces with over 30 organizations to bring health and community resources to residents of Opa-locka, Miami Gardens and Hialeah. Mayor Myra Taylor of the City of Opa-locka and Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III of the City of Miami Gardens both attended and addressed the necessity of OLCDCís health initiatives. To promote healthier eating, over 6,000 lbs. of fresh produce was given to Fair participants courtesy of Feeding South Florida. OLCDC is preparing for the 2016 Health Fair and hopes to build on the annual health event.

Special thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:

~View photos from the 2015 Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair.
~Read the Miami Herald article about the Fair.
~View iHeartMedia (103.5 The Beat) coverage of the Fair.
OLCDC hosts community meetings on Brownsfields Cleanup Grant

OLCDC is applying for a $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address a petroleum discharge. The discharge was originally caused by a 1930's gas station that operated at the Historic Hurt Building location at 490 Opa-locka Boulevard.

Part of the Brownfields Cleanup Grant application process requires a community meeting to present details of the application and solicit input from the community.

On November 17 and 20, 2014, OLCDC hosted meetings for the community to learn more about the Brownfields Grant opportunity and the future renovation plans for the Historic Hurt Building, including space for a new Children's Wellness Center.

~ Read the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives.

~ Complete the Public Comment Form.

OLCDC, partners and volunteers beautify Magnolia North Community Park

On October 11, 2014, OLCDC, Citizens for a Better South Florida, The Alliance for Community Trees, Boise Paper, the City of Opa-locka and volunteers built phase two of the new Magnolia North Community Park.

As part of National NeighborWoods Month, the group planted over 180 trees and shrubs, featuring plants native to South Florida.

They also placed picnic tables, planted a butterfly garden, and installed garbage cans and bike racks designed by local youth with assistance from the University of Miami Department of Art, while the VA Collective, a student art and design group from Florida International University (FIU), painted a mural.

Chair Roberto Rovira and students from FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD) also participated in this phase two of the Park, which was designed by the landscape architecture team of Chair Rovira, Anwar Morales (a LAEUD graduate) and Rudolf Uhlemann.

Read more about FIU LAEUD's involvement.

Funding for this Park beatification phase comes from a grant to Citizens for a Better South Florida from the Alliance for Community Trees through Boise Project UP. The grant covered the cost of the picnic tables and trees and will include an educational component to teach youth about the different plant species planted at the Park.

Read the full press release.

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