North Shore Open Space Park, the nearly 28-acre natural oasis that stretches from 78th Street to 87th Terrace in Miami Beach, is about to get a complete makeover.
The park, known for its dense vegetation, is a popular destination for weekend visitors from the mainland who like the generally uncrowded beach area that runs along the park, and North Beach residents who enjoy running in the park and who make extensive use of its dog park.
The Miami Beach Design Review Board on Tuesday reviewed plans that will transform the park, by adding paved walkways and more open vegetation that allow for greater visibility, as well as a paved beach walk that will make it possible to rollerblade or bike from 87th Terrace to South Pointe Park in South Beach.
The plan was presented to the board by Calvin, Giordano & Associates and WEST 8 Urban Design & Landscaping Architecture, which also designed the Miami Beach Soundscape Park. West 8 is also working on the project design for Eighty Seven Park, a planned luxury condominium developed by Terra Group on the site of the old Howard Johnson Dezerland Hotel, just to the north of the park. Terra President David Martin bought the site for $65 million in 2013 and agreed to fund $10 million in improvements for North Beach, $6 million of which has been designated for the redesign of North Shore Open Space Park.