The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District has implemented initiatives to get the community out and enjoy once again one of the best attractions the neighborhood has to offer – its enriched natural environment.
The Coconut Grove BID hosted micro-events meant to create neighborhood-wide moments, said BID executive director Cynthia Seymour.
“Instead of bringing people together in one place, we situate moments and events in Coconut Grove that lead people to wander through the space and enjoy life outdoors in a walkable neighborhood,” said she declared. “These beautiful events attract all generations of people ready to go out and rediscover our magnificent natural environment. We are witnessing a real renaissance right now.
At micro-events, the BID engages local artists, musicians and performers, she added. These social events help support not only business, but also the creative essence of Miami.
“We actually give them a stage in Coconut Grove,” Ms. Seymour said. “Who said there was no theater in Coconut Grove? It’s just not in a building, it’s everywhere.
In addition to the fully occupied CocoWalk lifestyle center, the neighborhood offers even more entertainment and dining experiences that have sprung up over the past six months, Ms. Seymour said.
The Miami Symphony Orchestra has been commissioned to perform quarterly outdoor concerts in Coconut Grove. The first performance is scheduled for February 12 at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, which will be an unofficial kickoff to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival which begins the following week.
Just in time for the outdoor festivities, the BID installed decorative tree lighting and is also in the process of installing electrical conduit.
“We are doing an infrastructure upgrade with our electrical conduits and installing them in all the tree wells so we can increase the lighting installations, and that should be done by the fall,” said said Ms. Seymour. “It will position us to do great things, like music and the arts in the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District.”
With special events like the Arts Festival and an Asian Food Tour coming in February, the Coconut Grove BID strives to bring a more global presence through food, shopping and entertainment.
“I can say that by October we’re going to be making a truly global effort to let the world know what a fantastic place Coconut Grove is to visit,” Ms Seymour said.