As a native to @cityoffortlauderdale I may be a bit more passionate about what’s going on and the history of this progressive city.
Huizenga Park Progression from where it was in the 70s where it’s going in the future Is quite amazing if you take into consideration urban planning and zoning.
Once Just a parking lot to the future fully activated park with food and beverage is quite the progression.
In 1970 the DDA Better known as the downtown development authority, they purchased a Park which was part of a larger land assemblage but they did it with a tent of revitalizing downtown Fort Lauderdale By bringing civic and cultural amenities to the urban core. It was just a parking lot previously. A waterfront one lol. You can actually see that on slide #4.
The DDA initiated land use and zoning policy for a compact, mixed-use Downtown, allowing for the development of thousands of residential units to create a live-work-play destination.
In 1996, the DDA evaluated the development potential for the site and determined that the best use would be for a signature park centered on the Riverwalk. You can see that in slide #5
I’m not sure when the new monument/stage Was installed but I believe it somewhere around 2019. You can see that and slide #3
The renovation will start in 2023 and end in 2024. Renovation will cost 15 million not including the restaurant which would be built by others.
Picture #1 show the visual representation and picture #2 show the new amenities broken out on the map.
The amenities will include: Spirit of Fort Lauderdale fountain, Public restrooms, a dog run, A moundscape, a deck, The quarry, the actual main civic lawn, dining terrace, river walk over luck and whoever is going to be handling the restaurant.