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Bal Harbour may upgrade park

Bal Harbour’s village park could be receiving some upgrades.

By Rodolfo Roman
Special to The Miami Herald

Bal Harbour’s park could be getting an upgrade

The Bal Harbour Village Park, 10 Bal Bay Drive, is across the street from Village Hall.
Assistant Mayor Joni D. Blachar said residents have approached her and suggested the recreational area needs to be revamped.
“Young families in the community felt that the park was not up to standards,” she said at a recent council meeting. “They find themselves going to parks in other neighborhoods because they are not satisfied the way the park is.”
The village has only one park and a recreation center which is opposite the park on the far side of the west municipal parking lot.The park is about 20,600 square feet. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“We have not done a major change to the park amenities since the park opened,” said Jay Smith, community outreach director.Currently, the park has a basketball court, picnic, children’s play and water areas and gazebo. “Some of the parents have expressed an interest in expanding the amenities for younger children, as well as adding more water features” said Smith.
In addition to the revamping of the park, which is opened to village residents and their guests, there are suggestions of adding bathrooms as right now visitors have to use the restrooms located in the recreation center.If the village agrees to renovate the park, it would have to look at costs until Bal Harbour has a better idea of how to proceed.

“We will look at all of the funding alternatives once a plan is in place,” Smith said.
The council could possibly look into setting up a committee, which will include residents and village officials.

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