Miami-Dade County, FL
Camp Matecumbe, a parcel of land in West-Kendall owned by Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department, is adjacent to one of the largest remaining Pine Rockland Ecosystems in South Florida. Curtis + Rogers developed a General Plan for the creation of a regional park that connects and relates to the adjacent Pineland, managed by the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (EEL). Through the community meeting process, numerous stakeholder interviews, feasibility studies, and consensus building, a General Plan was developed which embraces environmentally sustainable principles. The General Plan proposes the development of a “special” park within the Miami-Dade County Park System. This Park will have a Learning Center which will house assembly and classroom areas, as well as a historical interpretive component detailing the place of the park within the environmental and cultural history of the area. Camping areas will be provided to enhance the environmental experience as well as native restoration gardens and play areas for community use.