Peacock Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Peacock Park
Peacock Park, Miami.jpg
Peacock Park
Type Municipal
Location Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States
Coordinates 25°43′30″N 80°14′24″W / 25.725°N 80.240°W / 25.725; -80.240Coordinates: 25°43′30″N 80°14′24″W / 25.725°N 80.240°W / 25.725; -80.240
Area 9.4 acres (38,000 m2)
Created 1934 (1934)
Operated by City of Miami

Peacock Park is a 9.4-acre (38,000 m2) public, urban park in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida on the shore of Biscayne Bay.

History[edit]

Among the first permanent settlers in South Florida were grocers Charles and Isabella Peacock who arrived in Coconut Grove encouraged to establish a hotel. Their hotel, built in 1883, was called Bay View House and was the first hotel on mainland Florida south of Palm Beach. Later renamed the Peacock Inn, it was where the first community gatherings in Miami were held.[1] Some visitors to the inn stayed in the area and this was the beginning of Coconut Grove, South Florida's first mainland community.[2] Closing in 1902,[3] the Peacock Inn building became the Lake Placid School until the school moved to Pompano Beach in 1925[4] The building was torn down in 1926.[5] Later the property became a city park. After the hotel closed in 1902 Ralph Munroe established Camp Biscayne nearby so there would be a place for visitors to stay.

The city of Miami purchased the private property in 1934 for $63,500 ($853900 adjusted for current inflation) and established it as the public Coconut Grove Bayfront Park,[6] renamed in honor of the aforementioned Peacocks in 1973.[7] Considered the Miami equivalent of the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York,[8][9] during the 1960s the park and surrounding Coconut Grove area became notable as a center for hippies and the youth counterculture, hosting several be-ins and concerts during the latter part of the decade.[10][11][12] Nearby Dinner Key hosted a now-infamous Doors concert where lead singer Jim Morrison allegedly exposed himself in 1969.[13][14]

Park amenities include a baseball field, basketball court, tennis court, playground, and skatepark. The adjacent Kenneth M. Myers Park, which hosts the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, is jointly administered by the city with Peacock Park.[15] The Dinner Key Marina complex is located immediately along the shore of the park.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Historic Coconut Grove 1987.
  2. ^ Parks 1980. p. 57.
  3. ^ Historic Coconut Grove 1987.
  4. ^ Cavaioli 2007. p.21.
  5. ^ Historic Coconut Grove 1987.
  6. ^ "Miami is Offered Profit for Park". The Miami Daily News. 26 April 1936. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Notice of Public Hearing: Proposed Change in Name of Coconut Grove Park". The Miami News. 2 May 1973. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Coconut Grove". Fodor's. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Clarke, Jay (14 April 1968). "Art Show to Reign in Miami 'Village'". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Woodman, Jim (23 July 1972). "Coconut Grove: Hip Little Village Under the Palms". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Bjebre, Bill; Kenneth Harrell (8 September 1969). "Grove "Love-In" Swings Under Eyes of Police". The Miami News. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Key West Unwelcomes Hippies". St. Petersburg Times. 27 July 1970. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Art Grace (11 March 1969). "In Defense of a Generation: 'Hippies are Beautiful'". The Miami News. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (21 April 1969). "Police Shut Down Underground Paper". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  15. ^ City of Miami website

Bibliography[edit]

  • Frank J. Cavaioli. Pompano Beach: A History Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2007.
  • "City of Miami website". Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  • Junior League of Miami. Historic Coconut Grove. 1987.
  • Arva Moore Parks. The Forgotten Frontier. Miami: Banyan Books, 1980.