Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: Sunday Pot Luck Dinner in Magnolia North
On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Magnolia North neighbors shared dinner and a fun afternoon at the intersection of James Street and Washington Avenue, featuring live music, performers, welcome clowns, and face painting for kids!
Photos from the Pot Luck! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
Opa-locka Celebration Week Event: Opa-locka Pop-Up Park
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Opa-locka residents met family and friends at the FREE community Pop-Up Park, at the intersection of James Street and Washington Avenue, where they enjoyed art, sports activities, games, and music for all ages; got healthy at the health fair nutrition presentations; and shopped for fruits, veggies, and more at the farmers market.
The Pop-Up Park was an initiative of the Opa-locka Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the Gold Coast Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, and the OLCDC.
Photos from the Park! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
In the News: OLCDC recently took shoppers on healthy food shopping tours in Opa-locka
On September 18 and 25 and October 2, Opa-locka's low income residents learned how to purchase healthy food, thanks to a recent $500.00 grant awarded to the OLCDC by the anti-hunger nonprofit Share Our Strength.
OLCDC conducted three Shopping Matters supermarket tours at the Winn-Dixie located at 17221 NW 27th Avenue in Opa-locka, during which each selected shopper received a FREE gift card to the grocery store and learned the ABC's of healthy shopping on a limited budget.
~Click here to read the Miami Herald story about the shopping tours.
Photos from the Tours! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
In the News: Meet the artistic visionaries behind Opa-locka's future
Meet the artists who will implement OLCDC's "Community Gateways" program, which will redesign the Magnolia North community's intersections to serve as inviting entryways to a newly-reborn residential and mixed-use neighborhood, while providing public space with environmentally-friendly and functional landscape design. They also will seek to find and train talent (welders, painters, landscapers, etc.) from the Opa-locka area to build, contribute, and participate in creating many of the proposed pieces of art.
~Click here to read the El Especial story.
~Click here to read Blogging Black Miami coverage.
OLCDC has restructured Nile Gardens Task Force; Resumed meetings in September
During the past few months, the OLCDC has worked diligently with consultants, City of Opa-locka officials, and staff to analyze information collected during planning sessions made possible by the Choice Neighborhood Initiative Challenge Grant awarded to the OLCDC to develop a Transformation Plan for Nile Gardens. As a result, the OLCDC has restructured the Task Force's People & Education Committee into smaller working groups to ensure that discussions and activities are focused, meaningful, and productive.
The People & Education Committee is now comprised of Education, Healthcare, and Workforce working groups, and the Healthcare and Education groups met Friday, September 14, 2012, to outline next steps in the planning process.
Click here to read more about the OLCDC's Choice Neighborhood Grant and see minutes and pictures from past planning meetings.
In the News: OLCDC, leaders, residents rallied in support of the Magnolia Neighborhood Renaissance, August 6
OLCDC, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor, other officials, and residents celebrated the vision for a "renewed" Opa-locka, vowing not to allow violence to turn back the area's progress.
~Click here for ABC 10 News coverage of the rally.
~Click here for CBS Miami's August 6 coverage.
~Click here for CBS Miami's August 7 coverage.
~Click here for NBC 6 Miami coverage.
~Click here for South Florida Times coverage.
In the News: OLCDC and partners sponsored robotics camp at North Dade Middle, July 5-August 1!
Each day, students studied math and built and programmed their robots. The rest of the time, they visited the Miami Science Museum and had daily speakers come by to encourage them to continue their education and consider careers in science, tech, engineering or math.
Visitors included representatives from Florida International and Florida Memorial Universities, Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami; the City of Miami Gardens City Attorney, City Accountant, and City Building and Code Compliance Department Director; a physician; an IT manager, an aerospace technology engineer from NASA; and an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The program culminated on August 1st, with students showcasing their robotic creations through a team competition. Click here to read the Miami Herald article on the Camp and competition.
Camp Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.
In the News: OLCDC hosted Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette, July 6
On Friday, July 6, 2012, OLCDC hosted the Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette to develop the conceptual framework for†incorporating art into revitalization projects throughout the city, starting in Magnolia North (formerly the "Triangle"), where art and public realm designs will replace metal barricades that have surrounded the neighborhood for over 20 years.
Five artists or artist teams --Walter Hood; Gale Fulton Ross; Rick Lowe; Roberto Behar + Rosario Marquardt (R & R Studios); and Jennifer Bonner + Christian Stayner-- were recently chosen by OLCDC in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places for these projects and participated in the Charrette along with OLCDC staff, community stakeholders and consultants (Loeb Fellows, urban planners, architects).
Following the Charrette, the group will publish a summary prospectus outlining the initial arts master plan for the city. OLCDC intends to use the plan to gain support for implementing public art and arts-driven community engagement, which is one component of OLCDC's goal to turn around neighborhoods, increase economic opportunity, offer better housing options, and beautify the environment overall.
~Click here to read†Miami Art Guide coverage of the Charrette.
~Click here to read the Miami New Times' 7/12/12 blog posting on the Charrette.
~Click here to read the Miami New Times' 7/19/12 blog posting on the public art project.
OLCDC held 32nd annual Board of Directorsí meeting, June 26
The OLCDC held its 2012 Annual Meeting of the Board on June 26, 2012, in North Miami Dade.