Losner Park, a major public park in downtown Homestead, FL reopened to 3,000 visitors celebrating the new space with live music, fireworks, and more.
Sasaki reimagined Losner Park as a new signature park for Homestead that would welcome people of all ages. The design includes a food truck plaza, a new sculptural-style play space, a large event lawn and covered stage, a hammock entry garden and seating area, lush garden spaces with diverse native plant materials, and a redesigned veterans’ memorial.
The new park design grows the existing park and amenities from .68 acres to 3 acres.
“We began working with the City of Homestead almost four years ago to significantly expand and redesign Losner Park,” says Sasaki principal Alan Ward. “We designed a distinctly South Florida landscape that appeals to all–especially families.”
The City of Homestead is a gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Losner Park aspires to be a destination in Homestead that will help draw residents and visitors downtown, introduce them to the region, and at the same time, encourage spending in downtown businesses. The park was funded entirely through impact fees and grants. Investment in the park is expected to help revitalize the downtown and spur new economic investment.
After developing the park plan, Sasaki brought in Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles to collaborate on the planting design. The park’s planting design uses an abundance of native and regionally beneficial plants from local nurseries. In total, more than 150 different plant species were installed within the park. The landscape design speaks to Homestead’s unique position between the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.
Losner Park’s design thoughtfully responds to Homestead’s culture, community, and the South Florida region. The design team worked closely with the City to assure that the park’s design is durable, resilient, universally accessible, and meets the functional needs of the park operators and its varied users.
Learn more about the design from Sasaki landscape architect Travis Mazerall as he took the City’s Mayor, Steven D Losner, on a tour of the space just before it opened: