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Changing Communities: MIAMI Realtors Improving Quality of Life for one of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities

by | May 07, 2019


Six months after installing a new bus shelter at one of Doral’s busiest bus stops, the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) recently enhanced Doral’s newest Park, Millennia Atlantic University (MAU) Park), with a pet-friendly hydration station to improve the quality of life for one of the fastest-growing communities in the U.S. Doral is the 11th fastest growing city in the U.S., increasing its population by 26.1 percent from 2010-16 to 58,000 residents, according to U.S. Census data.

“Doral is one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States and is in need for more green space and state-of-the-art parks,” said 2018 MIAMI Chairman of the Board George C. Jalil, who attended the MAU Park Preview and MIAMI Realtors presentation at MAU Park on Dec. 19. “Like the bus shelter we installed in June 2018, we believe this pet-friendly hydration station will encourage more Doral residents to utilize the park and live a healthy, active lifestyle.”

MAU Park, created through a public-private partnership between Doral and MAU, is located adjacent to the Doral Police substation along NW 38th Street and 97th Ave.

MIAMI used grant funds from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to pay for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant hydration station.

The idea for MAU Park came along during the construction of the Doral police substation. The conceptual design for the passive park, designed by Moss Architecture & Design Group, includes eco-friendly and educational features such as: wetland preserves, rain gardens, plaza area, and an art sculpture, as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths with educational signage.

Changing Communities Initiative

The MAU Park hydration station investment is part of MIAMI Realtors Changing Communities initiative, which launched in 2017. In 2018, MIAMI Realtors invested more than $175,000 in grant funds from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to improve our South Florida communities.  


Through member engagement and feedback, MIAMI developed a list of local community projects that could have the most impact. MIAMI invited its 46,000-plus membership for a brainstorming session and more than 200 members contributed ideas and volunteered to help. 

In 2018, MIAMI led more than 18 local community initiatives, including a dinner for the homeless at Chapman Partnership in Miami, partnering to install a Jupiter dog park, creating a shaded Doral trolley stop and more. Each project was led by the Realtor who proposed it and supported by a team of fellow Realtor volunteers and a Realtor partner (usually an elected official).

More MIAMI Realtors Changing Communities initiatives are planned for 2019. 

MIAMI members can register to volunteer at our upcoming community events at: www.MiamiRealtors.com/Volunteers


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