Community meeting with artist Walter Hood

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.

OLCDC & partners win APA Florida Award of Excellence

On September 4, 2014, the OLCDC and the City of Opa-locka with the support of the South Florida Regional Planning Council were presented with an American Planning Association Florida Award of Excellence in the Grassroots Initiatives category for their "From Pop-Up to Permanency" initiative.

OLCDC proudly supports 2014 Back to School Extravaganza!

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, OLCDC and partners joined The Hanan Academic Development Center and Community Builders to provide backpacks, school supplies, uniforms, and books to kids in the community. Information and resources were provided to empower children to begin the school year with confidence.

Residents of Magnolia North were provided free bus service to attend this event.

OLCDC and partners offer third Summer Math & Robotics Camp @ North Dade Middle

From July 7 through August 1, the OLCDC and partners conducted a free Summer Camp for middle school students, combining exciting robotics with a fun focus on preparation for the mathematics sections of the FCAT.

Students attended daily classes in mathematics; enjoyed hands-on robotics activities; participated in weekly field trips; learned about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and talked with inspirational guest speakers.

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