The City of Miami Commission recently unanimously approved the renaming of Museum Park to Maurice A. Ferré Park in honor of the former Miami mayor.
A renaming ceremony will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m., at the park, located at 1095 Biscayne Blvd.
“Maurice Ferré’s legacy is an inspiring reminder of what it means to serve our community with dignity and determination,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “He has always been focused on many of the same goals we have today. His commitment to growth and transportation solutions, as well as diversity and multiculturalism, helped make Miami the global city that it is today. Mayor Ferré’s career, like the park that will now bear his name, is one our community will forever cherish.”
Ferré was the country’s first Puerto Rico-born mayor and the first Hispanic mayor of Miami. During his tenure, he spearheaded many projects that paved the way to position Miami as the modern city it is today. He also played a crucial role in the evolution of Downtown Miami.
“We recognize Mayor Maurice Ferré as the father of modern Miami. He was a visionary and he had an understanding of the geographic role that Miami plays,” said Commissioner Willy Gort, who originally presented the ordinance.
“He thoroughly was embedded in the idea that Miami needed to become an international world-class city and a financial center for the hemisphere. He designed the plan, brought it to fruition and today his legacy will live forever,” Gort added.