From the sound of it, a roller hockey revolution is about to roll over Coconut Grove's bayside Peacock Park, a block east of CocoWalk. The City of Miami Parks Department is forging ahead with a plan to replace a makeshift rink on two netless tennis courts with a 240-foot-by-130-foot roller hockey rink, surrounded by a ten-foot-high wall that would bifurcate a stand of oak and tamarind trees, and fence in about five gumbo-limbos. Leading the charge: Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton and his chief of staff Frank Balzebre. They are backed up by Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, City Manager Joe Arriola, police Chief John Timoney, and assistant chief John Gallagher. The Department of Capital Improvements is ready to fund the rink with $143,700 in Safe Neighborhood Park Bond money, with an equal amount coming from park impact fees the city has been collecting since the early Nineties. Even the National Hockey League has vowed to help with money from its diversity fund, according to Balzebre. The program targets kids in the mostly black West Grove. "We're trying to get these kids off the streets!"... More >>>