Bond Projects Overview
At 82 acres, Doral Central Park will be the largest park in the city, and one of the largest in the region. The community’s vision for this park reflects Doral’s populace in that it is both bold and diverse. Located in one of the fastest growing areas of the city, Doral Central Park is envisioned to be a multi-generational destination park for all Doral residents, regardless of age or ability, that seamlessly blends outdoor recreation, indoor recreation, and aquatics in a sustainable and community-centric way.
Central Park is envisioned to be the recreation and special-events hub in Doral, and is anticipated to provide over 30 different components and programmatic areas.
The proposed bond includes the design and construction of Doral’s first dedicated, cultural arts facility at Downtown Doral Park. The Doral Cultural Arts Pavilion will serve to celebrate the unique culture of Doral, as well as the variety of cultures, arts, and experiences embraced by the city’s residents.
At approximately 9,000 square feet, the Doral Cultural Arts Pavilion is envisioned to be the hub of cultural and performing arts in Doral, and will be supported by satellite programming locations at both Doral Central Park and Doral Legacy Park.
As noted in the Master Plan, the provision of high-quality, flexible indoor recreation spaces across the city is very important to Doral Residents. Expanding the existing Doral Meadow Center, by enclosing the existing outdoor patio space, will provide residents with access to an additional 800 square feet of multi-purpose indoor recreation space. In addition, the renovation will include a high-tech conference room, kitchenette, façade treatments, green walls, and an indoor trophy case.
The vision for Walk-to Parks (or neighborhood parks) is for every resident to be able to safely and comfortably walk to a high-quality park within ½ mile (a 5 to 10-minute walk) from their home. Currently, approximately less than 40% of City residents have access to public park within ½ mile. As the city's population continues to grow, this gap in service will also increase unless additional walk-to parks are added.
To help fill this void, the bond will help fund construction of the currently undeveloped “White Course Park Parcel” within Downtown Doral South. This future park is located within one of the fastest growing residential areas of the city and will help meet the day-to-day recreation needs of those residents.
With Doral’s population projected to continue increasing into the foreseeable future, strategic improvements to existing parks and facilities will be necessary to main quality of experience that Doral residents have come to expect. Many of these improvements will be focused on increasing the usability, accessibility, and most importantly, the safety, of Doral’s existing park sites.
Projects at Morgan Levy Park will consist of adding more security cameras, ADA Accessible routes to picnic areas and transitioning to high efficiency LED light fixtures.
A key project proposed as part of the bond is an elevated pedestrian bridge that would pass over 41st Street along 117th Ave. This bridge will allow trail users to circulate the western edge of the community safely, without having to cross NW 41st Street (8 lanes) at grade.
The proposed bond includes funds to improve and/or construct approximately 5 miles of multi-purpose trails throughout the city. Additional paved walking and biking trails were identified as one of the highest priority needs by City of Doral residents. In addition to serving as a means of recreation, trails are also critical transportation infrastructure for Doral’s residents, allowing them to move to and between the city’s parks, neighborhoods, and cultural facilities without the use of a car.
Although Doral has made significant progress developing its trail network over the last decade, the majority of the City’s existing multi-purpose trails are located on the western and southwestern edges of the city where available easements and right-of-way were available. The central and eastern portions of the city have very limited pedestrian infrastructure and are an area of priority for the city. Doral Central Park, Downtown Doral, and Morgan Levy Park are all located within this region, in addition to thousands of residential units.
In addition to building new trails, the City will also leverage the bond funds to make strategic enhancements to existing trail segments. Much needed improvements – such as the addition of lighting – will improve the condition, usability, and safety of the existing trail network for users city-wide.
Just as with Morgan Levy Park, the goal for this facility is to increase security by adding lighting to the facility. In addition, this project will consist of fixing the fencing in the dog areas to ensure greater security.
DORAL BOND OVERVIEW MAP
The Bond Overview Map identifies City-wide projects in relation to the Parks Bond.