The playground at Senator Gwen Margolis Park

Focus on Parks

By Mayor George “Bud” Scholl

(Friday, January 27, 2017) – We are often asked why we concentrate so much effort on acquiring more park land and building more parks. Allow me to give you some perspective and a few facts to back it up. As a barrier island, our City is made up of a little over one square mile of land and now we have close to 22 acre 1 million square feet of parks, not including the beach front. If we include the 98 acres of public beach front, we have over 5.2 million square feet of public recreational space throughout out City. We have a community made up of mostly multi-family buildings containing over 18,500 residential units in total. Additionally, we have approximately 450 single family homes.

For those of us that live in a single family home, we have the benefit of some yard space. But that represents just about 2% of our residents. Therefore, our aim is to also serve the needs of most of our residents and visitors that happen to live or stay in multi-family buildings. Our goal is to ensure that every resident or guest of our City will be within one quarter of a mile, roughly 1,300 fee, of a park or public space. For most members of our population within the City, this would mean easy accessibility to our public spaces. We are very close to achieving that goal. In Sunny Isles Beach, we believe that our parks are so widely utilized and enjoyed that we cannot have enough of them. So enjoy our parks and note that they are just a short walk from wherever you are!