Sasaki was tasked with the reimagining a new signature downtown park for the City of Homestead in Homestead, Florida.
The $10M redesign and expansion of Losner park creates an iconic open space and a new full-service 200-person restaurant building in the park for residents and visitors alike. The new park design grows the existing park and amenities from .68 acres to 3 acres and extends from the Krome Avenue to the newly constructed police station. The City of Homestead geographically serves as a gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and Losner Park as a destination will help attract and capture residents and visitors in downtown, introducing and orienting them to the region, while supporting local economy and downtown businesses.
In addition to a new restaurant, park features include a new adventure play style playground, a large event lawn and covered stage, a hammock entry garden & seating area, lush garden spaces w/ diverse native plant materials, a redesigned veterans’ memorial, public restrooms and a large programmable show-fountain. The central fountain will include a 50’ tall water jet feature, programmable-lighted fountain jets and fire jets that integrate water and fire into a theatrical display that will be choreographed to music and can occur on a schedule throughout the day and during the evening to activate the space.
Losner Park’s design is beautiful, memorable, and responsive to Homestead’s culture, community, and the South Florida region. The park accommodates flexible programming, public art and a variety of smaller public gathering spaces. 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 a variety of users.
The park design is currently going through the permitting processes with Miami-Dade County and the City. Our firm anticipates beginning the bidding process in early spring of 2020 followed by construction.
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