Downtown Miami

Bay Skate Miami, a free bayfront skate park, opens in downtown

Alex and Marcos Macias won this year’s Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge with their project, Bay Skate Miami.
Alex and Marcos Macias won this year’s Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge with their project, Bay Skate Miami. El Nuevo Herald

Bay Skate Miami, the city’s first bayfront skate park, was created with the purpose of bringing even more excitement to the downtown area. It’s free and designed with locals in mind.

One of the main goals behind the construction of the skate park was to bring new life to the skate culture which was so prevalent in the 90s, it has promised to have a festive ambiance including music, food and drinks. The park opened Thursday.

Alex and Marcos Macias grew up attending popular skate parties on Monday nights in the Hot Wheels Kendall skate arena. The Macias brothers, who dreamed up the Bay Skate Miami project, which they presented through their company Macias Advertising, have seen it come to fruition thanks to having won the The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge.

The Miami Foundation received more than 500 proposals to make use of and take maximum advantage of undeveloped public spaces.

Bay Skate Miami, located close to the popular Claude Pepper Fountain in front of Biscayne Bay in Bayfront Park, kicked off its grand opening with a themed party with a retro feel but with a modern twist.

Every time the Macias brothers took a look at the fountain from the balcony of Alex’s apartment they became more and more convinced that “it was the ideal space to recreate that emotion we felt when we went to dance and skate on Monday nights.”

“It was the best feeling,” recalls Marcos Macias. “We decided to invite legendary hip hop singer and rap legend Monie Love, who also lives in Miami, because we feel that Love truly represents the spirit of those times.”

To represent today, the musical group 222 Worldwilde was called on to participate. These DJs mixed diverse rhythms and beats perfect for skating and include retro funk, soul, salsa and jazz.

“It’s a reflection of what Miami is, a multicultural city in which it doesn’t make sense for people of different cultures to be separated,” Alex said. “Miami is the opposite of that, what’s most attractive about our city is variety.”

The Macias’ were greatly motivated and inspired to create Bay Skate Miami because they believe more money should be spent on locals as opposed to tourists.

“We thought of how much money is spent on tourism, and that’s okay, but the people that move to Miami, open businesses here and are residents, they also need support,” said Alex.

Bay Skate will offer different events every month so, the Macias’ suggest you start to brush the dust off your skates and join a new community environment in which you can enjoy the city’s public parks.

The Macias team hopes for Bay Skate Miami’s inaugural event to lead the way for the creation of more community initiatives benefiting the park and the community. The brothers envision Bay Skate Miami as having growing and staying power and hope it becomes iconic in the eyes of locals.

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