Roberto Rovira

Magnolia North Park, Opa Locka, FL

The Magnolia North Community Park transforms four vacant lots into one of Opa Locka, Florida’s, more thriving public spaces.  A key part of the neighborhood’s recovery, this community-based initiative, spearheaded by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), catalyzed the creation of the neighborhood’s first permanent public space.

The design incorporates a variety of areas that cater to young and old and provide plazas at the park’s entrance and exit, a cluster of domino tables, a pop-up playground, open areas, picnic tables, and hundreds of native plantings designed to attract butterflies year round. See NEWS for more.


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SITE PLAN Phases 1 & 2:


Installation Crew from FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design:
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Winner of the American Planning Association Florida Chapter, 2014 APA Florida Award of Excellence in the Grassroots Initiative category and 2015 Florida Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Honor.

Project Credits:
A design collaboration between landscape architects Anwar Morales, Rudolf Uhlemann, and Roberto Rovira.

Installation, Funding & Advocacy by:
• The Opa-locka community
• Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC)
• City of Opa-locka
• KaBOOM! playgrounds
• MetLife Foundation
• Cypress Financial Group
• Public Allies Miami
• FIU American Society of Landscape Architects Student Chapter
• University of Miami’s Socially Engaged Art
• Alliance for Community Trees
• Boise ASPEN
• VA Collective, an FIU student-led creative group comprised by FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design and Architecture students