Doral considering different kind of park

June 8, 2017 by  

Doral boasts eight parks, including the Trails & Tails dog park, and is about to add another to the list. However, the new facility won’t have playing fields, fitness stations, or playgrounds. Instead, the proposed area will be a “passive park,” a place to relax and de-stress, rather than play softball. The traditional trappings are being put aside in favor of sculptures, a plaza, rain gardens, and pedestrian and bicycle paths that will have educational signs.

The park, which will be sited near 97th Avenue and Northwest 38th Street, is the result of a public-private partnership between Doral and Millenia Atlantic University. The university is a small, for-profit institution that focuses on business, and has an average class size of 23 students. Its business school will pay for building the park, which will bear its name (“MAU Park”), and cover about three-quarters of an acre.

Maintenance costs are estimated to be approximately $21,000 annually, of which Doral will pay two-thirds. Juan Carlos Bermudez, Doral’s mayor, said that public-private partnerships are innovative and give the city a fiscally responsible way to improve its infrastructure. The new park, he believes, will give residents more green space to enjoy. The new park should open in the fall of 2017.

Efforts like this can benefit if officials work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents, describing the new facility.