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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.

1st Time Homebuyer Class (English)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:45am - 5:30pm

For more information and to register, click here.

1st Time Homebuyer Class (Spanish)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:45am - 5:30pm

For more information and to register, click here.

Art of Transformation events kick off on November 12th with a performance by Pamela Z

For details, visit opalockaart.com.

Refer at-risk elementary students to the OLCDC's Keeping Our Promise program

Recognizing the importance of providing a comprehensive system of care to improve outcomes for children and support their families, the OLCDC and partners have developed Keeping Our Promise (KOP). KOP provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services to elementary school students displaying at-risk behaviors and attending schools in the Opa-locka area to positively affect their educational performance. The program focuses on building more supportive communities, improving coordination of services, and strengthening cohesive engagement among schools, families, agencies, and service providers.

Student referrals to KOP can be submitted by schools, local churches, law enforcement agencies, local child and family service providers, etc. To make a referral, complete and fax the Referral Form to (305) 919-4053.

OLCDC seeks Statements of Qualifications from General Contractors

The OLCDC seeks Statements of Qualifications from qualified General Contractors for new construction and rehabilitation of single family and multifamily housing.

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NEA features OLCDC's community gateways project on new Exploring Our Town web site

In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded OLCDC an Our Town grant and has since selected the organization as one of 66 national case studies profiled on its online resource for creative placemaking. Read the OLCDC case study on NEA's new Exploring Our Town site.


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.

Engrave a brick at Magnolia North Community Park!

Commemorate a special event in someone's life; honor a friend, family, or corporation; or memorialize someone special.

Click here to order your brick online today!

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