South Pointe Park

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Coordinates: 25°45′58″N 80°07′59″W / 25.766156°N 80.132926°W / 25.766156; -80.132926

South Pointe Park
South Pointe promenade.jpg
Promenade along Government Cut at South Pointe
TypeMunicipal
LocationSouth Beach, Miami, Florida, United States
Area17 acres (6.9 ha)
Created1979 (1979)
Operated byMiami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department
StatusOpen all year

South Pointe Park, known locally as South Pointe, is a 17-acre (6.9 ha) county urban park in metropolitan Miami, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida.

History[edit]

The Federal Government donated the land to Miami Beach in 1979, which used it as a home to police horse stables, a police intelligence unit and the Port of Miami's harbor pilots until all buildings remaining at the site were razed in 1984 to begin conversion a park. The federal government paid half the construction cost.[1]

Opening on October 25, 1985, it became the nineteenth public park in Miami Beach, built at a cost of $3.6 million (1984). Initial features included an amphitheater, two wooden observation towers, picnic pavilions, fitness courses and a 522-foot (159 m) wooden boardwalk over Miami Beach's last natural sand dune. During planning phases, city officials worried it would become a home to vagrants, and to discourage that they planned the park to be a home to frequent festivals and other events.[2] The park became part of a larger plan in the 1980s to renovate the city's run down South Pointe area.

Renovation plans were first drawn up in the city's 1995 master plan, but the 20-month, $22.5 million renovation wasn't completed until March 2009. Features added in the renovation included 20-foot (6.1 m)-wide walkways lined with Florida limestone and an ocean-themed children's playground.[3]

The park underwent a major renovation effort, completed in 2009. The Hargreaves Associates, of New York City, were hired to redesign the park at a cost of around $22 million (2008).

Amenities[edit]

The park offers various features, including a restaurant, frozen yogurt concession, kids area, a dog park, and outdoor showers. South Pointe is the southernmost point of South Beach, bordering Government Cut to the south and the Port of Miami east-northeast. The area offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Downtown Miami, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Shannon, Paul (1984-07-29). "THE RUSH BEGINS ON CITY PARK". Miami Herald. p. 3NB.
  2. ^ Sontag, Debbie (1985-11-03). "VISITORS ARE STILL SCARCE AT SOUTH POINTE PARK AFTER WEEKEND OPENING". Miami Herald.
  3. ^ Dellagloria, Rebecca (2009-03-19). "South Pointe Park ready to reopen". Miami Herald. pp. 4MB.

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