The City of North Miami was awarded a $2,500 Age Friendly Mini Grant through Miami Dade County. The grant was awarded based on the proposal for a community garden at Clyde Judson Community Center, within a food desert which is located at 12100 NW 16 Avenue, North Miami, FL 33167. A food desert is best described as an area that does not have access to affordable or good-quality fresh food within a quarter of a mile from their home.
A community garden can help improve food security for participants by increasing physical and economic access to adequate amounts of healthy food. Community gardens provide health, economic, educational, social, and environmental benefits to participants and the community at large.
The initial planting was done by the NoMi Golden Silver Senior Program. One of the participants was over 100 years old. They planted 3 new citrus trees and over 60 new vegetables and herbs in the fully cleaned out and re-soiled raised bed. They also planted a bed of aloe plants into the ground.
The Liberty Gardens Park improvement takes an existing underutilized breezeway and converts it into a passive garden with an artist exhibition space. The renovation features a green wall, native and Florida-friendly landscape, decorative trellises and seating, paving and detachable art panels.
The Liberty Gardens Park is located at 715 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161.
The City of North Miami joined forces with the Van Alen Institute and Urban Impact Lab to transformed an empty, flood-prone lot in North Miami into a safe, usable space that brings community members together, adapts to climate impacts over time, and reduces the cost of flood insurance. The project—called Keeping Current: A Sea Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami—launched in April 2019, inviting architects and designers from around the globe to submit proposals that reimagine and repurpose the City of North Miami’s portfolio of flood-prone vacant lots, known as repetitive loss properties.
The winning designer—Department Design Office—proposed the lot, located at 901 NE 144 Street, North Miami, FL 33161, be turned into an open-air community space that doubles as a storm water reservoir. The design features a retention pond that can hold water for up to twenty (20) surrounding lots. Inside the pond, there is an art piece that uses physical markers that rise above the water to indicate the current level of flooding. This doubles as an opportunity to increase local awareness about how much water the area receives.