Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association Inc’s Grand Central Park hosts its first public event, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and live performance by local musicians Elastic Bond on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 700 N. Miami Avenue from 5pm – 9pm.

Brad Knoefler, President of Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association Inc. (OPRA) a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation in Miami, Florida is pleased to announce Grand Central Park’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and inaugural concert by Elastic Bond at 700 N. Miami Avenue this Friday, January 20th, starting at 5pm. Ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 5:30pm.

The evening’s ceremonies with Free Admission to the public, will feature Miami artists Elastic Bond feature performing bi-lingual Latin rock as well as music from local DJs. Families are welcome to sample from food trucks including The Cheese Steak Gourmet, Backyard B-B-Q and more.

Grand Central Park is Florida’s first Instant Park, located on the former site of the Miami Arena.   Daily general access to the park will begin Saturday, January 21st to the general public during daylight hours.

A unique public/private partnership was used to construct Florida’s First Instant Park. OPRA received a $200,000 grant from the SE Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency to construct Grand Central Park.

In October 2011, the Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association (OPRA), began construction of Grand Central Park.  Grand Central Park was built in 30 days according to OPRA’s Architectural plan, leading the movement of rapid deployment multi-use recreational facilities for temporary and permanent use across the State of Florida.

Grand Central Park will be open to the public from 8am until Dusk daily with membership, free online outside of ticketed events.  Upcoming ticket-only events include the Budweiser One Love Nutrifest featuring reggae artists on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 at noon.

“This a concrete example of what happens in Miami when local government works together the community,” said Brad Knoefler, President of OPRA, “Grand Central Park is the largest success of our ‘Block By Block’ method to revitalize our inner city.”

“Grand Central Park is bringing activity and jobs to the neighborhood,” said Mark Lesniak, Executive Director of OPRA, “Providing long desired green space to Overtown and Park West can only make Miami’s downtown islands into a community.”

For questions and further information, please visit or contact Brad Knoefler at 305.527.7332 or Follow the Grand Central Park twitter account @gcparkmiami for up to the minute developments related to Grand Central Park.  For more about Elastic Bond please visit their website or on twitter @elasticbond .  For information about The Cheese Steak Gourmet food truck, please go to or follow @CSgourmet