Breaking Ground at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park
April 12, 2023
The City of Miami Beach recently broke ground on a $12.1 million renovation and upgrade to Maurice Gibb Memorial Park that will feature a whimsical, music-themed playground to honor the famed singer’s legacy.
The project will receive $6.6 million in funding from the 2018 voter-approved Miami Beach General Obligation Bond and $1.2 million grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District.
“My family and I are excited for the new Maurice Gibb Park,” explained Maurice’s son, Adam. “The design and innovation that the city of Miami Beach has planned will be an outstanding addition to the area, whilst representing everything my dad loved — music and having fun.”
The custom-made playground equipment will include an oversize guitar, keyboard, drum kit, musical notes and a disco ball. The playground will be aptly named: You Should Be Dancing after the Bee Gees’ blockbuster hit by the same name.
The enhancements, which are expected to be complete in under two years, will also include a new dog park, fishing pier, bay overlook, shade structure, outdoor furniture, pavilion, walking paths, open green space and expanded “living shoreline” that combines various structural and organic materials.
Steps away from the former Middle Ear Studio, where the chart-busting brothers Gibb recorded some of their biggest hits, the spot was a favorite haunt of Maurice, who enjoyed watching the boats along Biscayne Bay between recording sessions. Maurice passed away on Jan. 12, 2003.
“Taking inspiration from Maurice Gibb’s artistic excellence — we imagined building a world-class park for children that will spark their imaginations and inspire them to always reach for the stars,” shared Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola.
Maurice Gibb Memorial Park is located at 18 Street and Purdy Avenue in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood of Miami Beach.
See the approved design renderings!