Doral

Want to have a picnic? How about a walk to de-stress? Doral will soon have a park for that.

The city of Doral is partnering with Millennia Atlantic University to develop a new passive park along Northwest 38th Street and 97th Avenue.
The city of Doral is partnering with Millennia Atlantic University to develop a new passive park along Northwest 38th Street and 97th Avenue. City of Doral

Doral is adding another park to its collection.

The municipality — known for its mix of industrial warehouses, manicured gated communities and pop-up green spaces — is partnering with Millennia Atlantic University to develop a passive park along Northwest 38th Street and 97th Avenue near the police station and university.

It’s slated to be the city’s ninth park and expected to open in the fall. Unlike most of Doral’s other parks, this one won’t have a playground, fitness stations or sporting fields.

Instead it will feature rain gardens, a plaza area, art sculpture, as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths with educational signage. The park will be an addition to the city’s seven recreational parks and one dog park, Trails & Tails.

Millennia Atlantic University is a small for-profit university in Doral with a focus on business. The average class has about 23 students. The business school will pay for construction costs of MAU Park, which will be about three-fourths of an acre.

Doral will be paying for two-thirds of the annual maintenance costs, estimated at about $21,000 a year.

“Establishing public-private partnerships is one of the innovative and fiscally responsible ways in which the city is bringing more services and infrastructure to the Doral community,” Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez said. “This new park will be a great addition to our parks network, and will help provide more residents with the opportunity to enjoy green space and recreation.”

City of Doral's newest development, CityPlace Doral by the Related Group opens on Friday, March 17, 2017. The mix-use development will offer a variety of shops, dinning and services with apartments, condos and single family homes.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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