Greynolds Park

Greynolds Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), officially opening on March 29, 1936. Under the direction of landscape architect, William Lyman Phillip, the task force – a group of World War I veterans and unemployed teens – transformed an ugly landscape pockmarked with rock pits and refuse into an attractive public park. They built roads, trails, bridges and landscaping. Rock pits became cool, glistening lagoons. A boat house, caretaker’s house and restrooms were fashioned from sturdy oolite.  The hardwood hammock was left alone. One of the highlights of Greynolds Park is the climb to “the mound,” a rocky elevation that served as the highest point in what was then Dade County.  In 1968, more than 3,000 hippies  converged on the park for an Easter “love-in,” with music provided by the Grateful Dead. In the early 1970s, the park’s wooded areas became a popular hangout for drug users, resulting in weekly large-scale drug raids and confrontations between police and teens. In 1983, the park was declared a historic site by the Historic Preservation Board. With its open air rookery, nature and bicycle trails, boat rentals and natural beauty, Greynolds Park remains one of Miami-Dade County’s most valued public spaces.

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