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For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Announces the Start of Construction on Improvements to Haulover Beach Park

(MIAMI, January 16, 2014) - Pardon our dust and excuse the delays, as major improvements are coming to Haulover Beach Park.  Underway are new and expanded park amenities and ADA-enhancements that will better connect people of all abilities to recreational opportunities in the park and beach. Once the renovations are complete this iconic beachfront park and marina will be better than ever before! 

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has begun construction on upgrades, renovations and new amenities at Haulover Beach Park, as of January 16, 2014.  Designed to enhance the customer experience and meet patron demand for expanded service, the project will impact traffic while underway.  Beginning on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, traffic for the north beach parking lot will be re-directed to parking lot #1 (west of Collins Avenue, just south of the Boat Ramp). Slow traffic is expected during peak times. The Haulover Marine Center/Boat Ramp entrance will remain open for Marina patrons. 

Following is a description of each facet of the project:

The ADA Accessibility Upgrade will include removing the existing steps at the east end of the pedestrian tunnel, excavating the ground to the level of the tunnel and gradually sloping the ground to meet the boardwalk. A new ADA-compliant concrete walkway will connect the tunnel to meet the boardwalk. Concrete retaining walls on the sides of the tunnel will mimic the Art Deco design of the new Dockmaster building.  Construction is expected to commence on January 17, 2014 and the pedestrian tunnel closure on January 21, 2014 - with duration of approximately eight (8) months. 

Total project cost: $740,500. This project is being funded by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and Capital Outlay Reserve and General Funds.  

Maintenance Yard Area Renovations

Improvements to the existing Maintenance Yard area include the renovation of the existing parking lot (new paving, drainage and lighting), a new dumping facility (ramp and platform), and a new 10-foot-high wall to screen and enclose the Maintenance Yard area. Construction will commence February 2014 with duration of approximately six (6) months.           

North Beach Parking Lot Renovations

Renovations to the North Beach Parking Lot will include new paving, drainage, additional parking spaces, lighting, landscaping, and irrigation (653 proposed parking spaces). Construction will commence April 2014 with duration of approximately seven (7) months. 

New Boat Storage Building

This project will include the construction of a new enclosed boat storage building (“Boat Barn”) with the capacity for 508 boats, a new bait and tackle shop and a new launch area for the Boat Barn. Construction will commence June/July 2014 with duration of approximately 20 months.          

Total project cost: $10,000,000. This project is being funded through a public-private partnership with WESTREC Equities Inc.

This project will provide new electrical power, water and sewer connections to the Boat Dry Storage Facility. Construction will commence June 2014 with duration of approximately eight (8) months.

Total project cost: $1,277,221. This project is being funded by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and Capital Outlay Reserve and General Funds.

The Haulover Beach Park development project will further enhance the park’s visitor appeal and bolster revenue for Miami-Dade County.  WESTREC Equities Inc. is the developer for the Boat Storage Building, North Beach Parking Lot and Maintenance Yard.  Miami-Dade County Parks’ Capital Development Team is developing the ADA-compliant accessibility from the North Beach Parking lot to the beach area, as a result of the Tunnel improvements and the North Beach Parking Lot Utility Extension. 

The above information is subject to change if the developer’s or contractor's schedules are altered due to unforeseen circumstances.  For more information the public can call Lydia Salas, project manager, Miami-Dade County Parks at 305-755-5456. 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit

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