Each year, FRPA receives nominations for recently built or renovated spaces from around the state of Florida. This showcase annually features parks, community centers, dog parks, aquatic facilities, fishing piers, trails, skate parks, gymnasiums and other public spaces. The LOOP was chosen as one of 23 spaces to highlight this year!
The article featured information about the LOOP, along with the value of impact based on one of the FRPA Impact Calculators.
The City of Fort Lauderdale converted an asphalt parking lot at the corner of one of its busiest intersections into a large, flexible park. The new Las Olas Oceanside Park (the LOOP) serves as a gathering space for the community and is used to host concerts, performances, holiday events, a weekend farmers market and more. It includes an interactive water feature/splash pad that both children and adults can enjoy.
The project was part of the city’s beach redevelopment plan. Area residents and neighbors collaborated on the project planning, which began in 2014.
The city partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on dual-light fixtures that use amber lighting during sea turtle nesting season and white lighting during non-nesting season.
Project Impact: The LOOP generates $7.4 million in tourism dollars through recreation and events.
FRPA Four Pillars: The Las Olas Oceanside Park brings the community together for a variety of activities. With its centralized location, it helps attract tourists to local restaurants and other businesses, providing an economic benefit. People can improve their health by running or walking along the length of the park, and can choose nutritious snacks and beverages at the farmers’ market. The environmental benefits include dual lighting for sea turtles and artificial turf covering that requires no watering.
Director Phil Thornburg CPRP
Project The LOOP: Las Olas Oceanside Park
Cost $10 million
Size 2.8 acres
Architect EDSA Inc., Fort Lauderdale
Engineer Kimley-Horn, Delray Beach
Contractor Skanska USA Building Inc., Fort Lauderdale