Huizenga Park Reimagined.

Huizenga Park is at the heart of DowntownFTL where art, business, living, education, and entertainment intersect. Huizenga’s central location on the New River at Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue offers a natural respite among the bustle and density of the urban core. Huizenga Park was originally built over 25 years ago at a time when DowntownFTL was primarily a destination for business. A space for large events was needed to attract residents to DowntownFTL. Now, DowntownFTL is a thriving city home to a vibrant residential population. As downtowns evolve, so do their public spaces.   When reimagined, it will become the epicenter of Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s park and open space network. 

Why Reimagine Huizenga Park?

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is evolving into a world class city for residents, employees, and visitors and high quality urban parks are essential infrastructure for vibrant, growing cities. This sentiment has only been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic. The significant growth in Downtown’s population combined with the emergence of a dynamic arts community, tech and innovation ecosystem, and thriving restaurant scene creates the need and opportunity to invest in our signature public spaces. Now more than ever, cities need engaging and activated parks and outdoor spaces to support health and wellness, improve environmental resiliency, and enhance social and creative connections.  

Park Vision.

Huizenga Park will become DowntownFTL’s signature gathering place. With a multi-generational appeal, the park will incorporate core themes centered around art, resilience, and wellness. Huizenga Park will take advantage of its central location to provide strong connections to the New River and an activated space to be enjoyed by residents, employees, and visitors.  

Project Timeline.

The new park design will be finalized by the end of 2022 with construction anticipated to begin in 2023 and last 12-18 months. A reimagined Huizenga Park is projected to open to the public in 2024. 

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2019.

Urban Land Institute Open Space Advisory Services Panel

National experts from the Urban Land Institute presented recommendations for parks and open spaces in DowntownFTL in October 2019. Over the course of a week, panelists toured the city center, interviewed more than 80 community stakeholders, developed their recommendations, and presented their findings to a large audience of interested stakeholders. 

2020.

Downtown Parks Precedents Whitepaper.

Six recently built signature downtown parks from across the United States were examined through a comprehensive study and series of interviews with downtown parks leaders.  The precedents study evaluated the unique challenges and opportunities that major downtown parks projects face in their design, operations, programming, maintenance, and long-term sustainability. The lessons learned help to inform future decisions about Huizenga Park.

2021.

Huizenga Park Visioning Briefing Book.

The results from the ULI Advisory Services Panel and Downtown Parks Precedents Whitepaper led to the creation of a conceptual vision for a reimagined Huizenga Park. This briefing book introduces potential design elements that may be incorporated into the final vision for Huizenga Park. 

2022.
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March 16, 2022 - Huizenga Park Public Stakeholder Meeting.

Click here to view the presentation shown at the public meeting, including the concepts for a Reimagined Huizenga Park.

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Public Presentations.

Questions? Contact the DDA office at (954) 463-6574 or dda@ddaftl.org.