Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, December 2021 Issue
by Melissa Puppo
As if Fort Lauderdale’s spirited renewal projects couldn’t get any better, the city recently debuted The LOOP ( Las Olas Oceanside Parks ), a $65 million parks project that will benefit locals and visitors alike with “infinite experiences for everyone under the sun.” Whether you frequent Las Olas Oceanside Park, Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park, or the Sunset Terrace at the Las Olas Beach Garage, there are numerous activities to take part in, from fitness to food to live music. The project culminates with the build-out andredesign of DC Alexander Park, which will soon feature a play area and observation deck.
Experience the LOOP any day of the week with events such as the free Friday Night Sound Waves concert series. The Music & Makers Market, curated by Carley Sumner of the Flamingo Flea, runs in tandem with the Friday performances and showcases a rotation of local artisans, while Saturday morning are best enjoyed at the Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmer’s, Antiques and Artisan Market. Fitness enthusiasts should check out the many LO/OP Fit group classes, including HIIT, kettlebell, cardio andyoga.
Special this holiday season is the launch of “Wonderland”, which Arianne Glassman, Fort Lauderdale Beach’s open spaces coordinator describes as a “celebration of everything we are as a community.” Enjoy themed surprises such as larger-than-life decor and activations ranging from The Grinch Who Rocked Christmas to Nutcrackers + Sweets to Lets Jingle and Flamingle.