South Pointe Park
South Pointe Park, known locally as South Pointe, is a 17-acre (6.9ha) country urban parking metropolitan Miami, in the Miami Beach neighborhood of South Beach, Florida. The land donated by the Federal Government 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.
It is the nineteenth public park in Miami Beach when it opens October 25, 1985, built at a cost of $3.6 million in 1984. The federal government paid half the construction cost. Initial features included an amphitheater, two wooden observation towers, picnic pavilions, fitness courses and a 522-foot (159m) wooden boardwalk over Miami Beach’s last natural sand duneDuring 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 renovation wasn’t completed until March 2009. The Hangreaves Associates, of New York City, were hired to redesign the park at a cost of around $22 million in 2008. Features added in the renovation included 20-foot-wide walkways lined with Florida limestone running the length of Government Cut; the restoration of natural sand dunes next to a pathway made of crushed shells; and an ocean-themed children’s playground with sand dollar spinners and motion-actived water sprays. There is also a walkway that links to the beach walk. At night, the promenade will be lit up by neon light towers that shine on the walkway. Leashed dogs are even welcome at the new park. Doggie waste stations, with doggie bags and trash cans, have been strategically placed throughout the park.
The park now has two entrances: one at Washington Avenue and a new pedestrian entrance on Ocean Drive. The park will close at 10pm daily, but the walkway will remain open until 2am.
From Eastbound on 395 to South Pointe Park:
At the end of 395 (A1A Causeway) becomes 5th Street.
Continue East on 5th Street 6 blocks to Washington Avenue.
Turn Right (South) on Washington Avenue.
The South Pointe Park is located at 1 Washington Avenue.
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