Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vizcaya Park Hours and Contact Information

Here is just a quick informational post about how to contact the park.

Vizcaya Park Hours (as of today; remember things can change so call ahead to confirm):

M-F 1:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The phone number for the park is (954) 883-6800.

Vizcaya Park
14200 SW 55th St.
Miramar, FL 33027
Located at the end of Honeyhill Road.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vizcaya Park YouTube Video

The City of Miramar posted this video taken the day of the Grand Opening, in early June, 2012. The Mayor and each of the City Commissioners are interviewed in addition to many people involved with the building of the facility. Lots of local residents chime in too. A big focus is that the main clubhouse is a LEED Certified Green Building.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Vizcaya Park Grand Opening: June 2, 2012

Well. That moment that has been in everyone's minds for a decade or more happened today! Vizcaya Park was opened this morning with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a dedication by Mayor Lori Moseley.

My family and I walked over to the park about ten minutes early to find a decent-sized crowd. We wandered around the facilities to see exactly what was available, no more of that "outside-the-gate" photo dreaming. There were two major impressions that I was left with. 1. This park is way bigger than I had ever imagined. I probably mentioned that my kids and I used to fly kites there when it was nothing more than a rocky desert a few years ago, but it never appeared so large; and 2. The clubhouse was really beautiful and the designers, architects, builders and everyone that had any input into bringing this park to fruition really put an emphasis on making the park GREEN. It was so green that Kermit looked yellow!

So, let's start with the massive amounts of open fields. I know they will be allocated for soccer and baseball and football and a bunch of other things, but these fields were great. And they were all covered with that really nice "sports grass" and not that gangly stuff you have in your yards. More green? The clubhouse was built with 20% recycled materials and with techniques in water usage technology that will have the facility saving money in just a few short years. LEED Certified too.

Playgrounds? Yep, covered from the sun. Parking? Seemed decent. Game room? Yeah, my kids cried when I dragged them out of there. Pool, bumper pool, foosball, more. A computer facility. A banquet type area. Basketball courts. BBQ areas. And more. I know there are many classes and a summer camp planned as well. It's a very nice facility. Can't wait!

All of the Miramar Commissioners were there today in support of Mayor Moseley. And Vice Mayor Troy Samuels couldn't contain himself to say a few words after she was finished. He's been the biggest advocate for the park since forever. So he got to offer a few thank-yous and comments. There were some other big-wigs there too. If you've ever been to the court, you've heard of one of them. The Miramar Police had a Color Guard in dress uniform march in to deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Ribbon Cutting ceremony was fun, with Mayor Moseley using giant "City of Miramar" etched scissors to officially open the park.

Being a resident of Vizcaya, I do have some concerns, mostly about the traffic that might come on Honey Hill Road because of the park. I would highly suggest that you drive 35 mph on that road if you will be visiting! Don't piss off the local residents. That's all I'll say about that.

The Sun Sentinel was there. While their journalist was taking pictures of cutie kids on the monkey bars and swing set, probably shooting for a Pulitzer, I was taking pictures of him. LOL. I imagine photos of journalists and photographers would be a really fun category to offer.

Oh, and one other thing you won't read about anywhere else. I bumped into the Mayor in the Publix check-out line a little while after the opening ceremony ended. How's that for coincidence? After letting her know I was at her speech earlier (she should have recognized the paparazzi), I congratulated her on the city's accomplishment and identified myself as a resident of Vizcaya since 2004. She let me know she's been here for around 30 years and that hopefully with all the changes over that time, we've let go of the bad, kept what is good, and moved forward to make Miramar an awesome place to live! You could tell she was proud of the park and city.

Me too! Miramar should be on your list if you're moving to South Florida!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Vizcaya Park Update: May 11, 2012


The recent newsletter from the City of Miramar announced the grand opening of Vizcaya Park. Check it out!
The City of Miramar is pleased to announce that Vizcaya Park is near completion and getting ready to open. The complex is located at 14200 SW 55th St. This beautiful park and community center is opening its doors on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Come join us at 10:00 a.m. and be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony as we unveil this brand new facility. 
The park includes 2 full size outdoor basketball courts, a soccer/football field, open green space, a covered playground area, 2 picnic pavilions with tables and bar-b-cue grills. The picnic area is available for party rentals. In addition to these outdoor amenities, the Vizcaya Park Community Center is a LEED certified "green" building with a computer lab, game room and multipurpose room. The facility will offer a variety of classes and programs to include after school, summer camps, educational programs and recreational classes such as dance, karate, drama and chess. These rooms will also be available for residents to rent for birthday parties, baby showers or other family fun activities.
Opening day activities will include class demonstrations in the Multi-Purpose Room by Errol Lyn Karate, Curtain Call Playhouse and the Chess Club. In addition, there will be 3 on 3 basketball games, kickball games and much more. While you enjoy the day's festivities, be sure to register for one or more of the many classes and programs being started at the park. As this park opens just in time for summer fun, please be sure to register for the summer sports camp program that will be taking place from June 11th - August 17th. Registration has already begun! For more camp information, please call (954) 602-3167. 
Mark your calendars and plan to join us as this grand opening promises to be a fun filled day for the entire family.
For further information, please call 954-602-3319

I'm going to make a point of being there and hope you will come too! 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Vizcaya Park Update: March 1, 2012

Well, it seems it took me almost 3 weeks to upload the pictures I took on March 1, 2012. Lots of progress. See the pictures below and let me know what you think. Lots of landscaping going down. If you look really closely, you can see a scoreboard on one of the fields. Use your imagination because I'm pretty sure this is going to be an awesome park. So exciting! I'll try to take more pictures soon.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Vizcaya Park Update January 2, 2012

Here's the main building. You can see the workers.

Happy New Year! It's been a while since I've posted any updates. I did go to the park a few times since the last entry, but each time it seemed like nothing was different. However, that was around two months ago.

Enormous field with grass on it and some walkways.

I have noticed a bunch of construction traffic and dump trucks and heavy machinery since the end of October. That and a prod from Karen this morning was all it took to snap a few shots for you.

Some new structures going up.

What's new? Well, the main clubhouse is much more advanced, and there were workers painting or doing something to it while I was there a few minutes ago. There is an enormous field covered in green grass where only a rocky desert existed before. There are palm trees planted along the walkway and throughout. And there are a few other structures, some kind of pavilions. The gates were open and it was an active site.

Hopefully they zoom through this and get the park ready for use. I personally can't wait!

Panoramic. LOL.