You can forget about Museum Park. Facing a daunting fiscal situation that has long been ignored, city officials have eliminated as much as possible from the elaborate plan. They've reduced what was originally a grand $128 million dollar scheme by Cooper Robertson & Partners, which had already been value engineered (canceled because of cost) to less than half of that, to a $10 million quickie. All that remains will be a downscaled promenade leading to the Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum (thank your lucky stars their funding is till secured) and a new baywalk.
"It will still be trees and open space. You will still be able to walk around, take a nap under a tree, play soccer. But it will not have that Millennium [park] identity" said Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, referring to Chicago's great waterfront place. Although new plans for the park have not been released, the city will likely reuse the few remaining features from the park's former life as Bicentennial Park, just so it's a little less empty. It'll probably be so similar to the older park, they might as well not bother changing the name, which wouldn't be such a bad move. We liked the old name 'Bicentennial Park' more anyways.
· Park's vaunted plan shrinks [Miami Herald]