Date: October 13-18, 2019
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sponsor: Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority
Subject Area: Parks and Open Space, 10-Minute Walk
Panel Chair: Stephen Whitehouse, Starr Whitehouse, New York, NY
Panel Background and Assignment
An Advisory Services Panel provided recommendations
on how to enhance parks and open space in the city’s urban core, and to develop a new vision for Downtown’s most centralizedpark, Huizenga Plaza, located on the iconic Riverwalk and Las Olas Boulevard. The Advisory Services Panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement focused on improving access to parks and green spaces by striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, is made possible by a joint partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association.
Summary of Recommendations
Key recommendations from the panel include:
- Acquire or dedicate new public land to augment downtown Fort Lauderdale’s public realm.
- Showcase new and remodeled parks with climate-adaptive components along the Riverwalk and at Huizenga Plaza and Esplanade Park.
- Begin a more robust pedestrian and bike network.
- Hire a new chief public realm officer to coordinate public space and lead the engagement process for allocating park bond funds.
- Identify resources and partnerships to supplement the bond act for open space.
- Implement a public/private partnership to manage and fully activate a unified vision for downtown Fort Lauderdale’s public realm.