82-acre Doral Central Park begins development
Construction to build-out Doral Central Park has officially begun after city officials broke ground Monday, closing the park to the public until further notice.
With phases two and three scheduled to be completed in 2022 and phase four in 2023, the 82-acre existing passive park at 3000 NW 87th Ave. will be transformed into a multipurpose and multigenerational park benefitting the entire region.
With Kaufman Lynn Construction and Bermello Ajamil and Partners as head of development, a new 70,000-square-foot indoor recreation center is to include a fitness center, indoor basketball gym, child watch area, teen room, silver club room and multipurpose rooms.
The build-out of Doral Central Park is an investment of about $120 million. Other projects of the Doral Parks Bond include improvements to Doral Meadow Park that are completed, Morgan Levy Park improvements that are to finish this month, and Doral Cultural Arts Center construction, which is currently underway, Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez said.
“The movement on all of these projects is very exciting for the entire community. It was the residents who chose the future of their parks when they voted to approve the Doral Parks Bond in November 2018,” he said. “It’s important to note that the amenities included in all the projects were decided with community feedback through surveys, focus group and workshops, while we were updating the Parks System Master Plan.”
Residents can look forward to an aquatic facility, amphitheater, multi-use sports fields, lakefront promenade and cultural plaza, nature areas and kayak launch, just to cite a few.
These new facilities will offer more opportunities for recreation programming and events for everyone, whether it be youth, adult, special needs, or senior citizens, the mayor said.
The next project on the agenda will be the Doral White Course Park at 8425 NW 41st St. This new park is to include a shaded playground, a waterfront event plaza, outdoor fitness stations, a multi-purpose green space area, fenced-off dog area, restrooms and shelters. The park is to have limited landscape lighting with overhead and walkway lighting and security cameras, along with a new boardwalk that will connect to the downtown Doral area.
“I can already see residents exercising at the gym, playing basketball, taking a nutrition class, going for a swim and then spending time listening to a concert at the amphitheater,” Mayor Bermudez said. “The fact that Doral Central Park has so many options is what makes it special.”