I wouldn't consider this 8 acre city park a destination for visitors to the city, but if you are staying in the Midtown Miami area it is a lovely respite - well maintained and designed with walkways along the bay and lots of activities inside the perimeter (exercise machines, playground, sand volleyball and basketball courts, picnic sites). Unfortunately, dog owners have taken over the park and do not confine their pets to the dog area so that there are no "poo free" grassy areas. Picking up after one's pet isn't a social norm in Miami apparently and it will likely take citations and fines to make this so. Also the comments made by Trip Advisor reviewers highlight another problem... Pace Park is NOT an off-leash dog park. There are many dog owners who let their dogs wander around not in their control off leash - oblivious to the fact that not everyone adores their dogs as much as they do. This is the kind of urban behavior that gets dogs banned from parks and (although I hate to say it because I have a dog) perhaps this is what it will take for people to clean up their act.
There is city planning talk about connecting Pace Park with downtown Miami via a boardwalk creating a waterfront pathway to the new museum complex, Bayfront, and Claude Pepper Park. Although this might change the neighborhood feeling of Pace Park, it would also make it easier to get downtown on foot without having to traverse blocks of concrete and crazy intersections.
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