South Pointe Park
|South Pointe Park|
|Location||South Beach, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Area||17 acres (6.9 ha)|
|Operated by||Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department|
|Status||Open all year|
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.
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. 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.
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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