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Written by Janet Goodman, BT Contributor   
May 2018

East Greynolds Park now has watercraft rentals and a dog park 

EParkPatrol_1ast Greynolds Park at 16700 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami Beach is mostly an undeveloped, protected natural area.

Not to be confused with the vast Greynolds Park at 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., East Greynolds Park is the home of the Northeast Regional Dog Park, one of Miami-Dade County’s four fenced-in, off-leash dog parks (Haulover Park, Amelia Earhart Park, and Tropical Park are the other three). But most visitors refer to this dog park as East Greynolds Dog Park or simply Greynolds Dog Park.

The parks are named for A.O. Greynolds, who owned Ojus Rock Company, the area quarry. He donated 110 acres of land in 1933 that became the park on W. Dixie Highway.

As reported by the BT (“Green Piece,” June 2013), in 1935, Sunny Isles developer H.B. Graves donated 56 acres of land to North Miami Beach, land that is east of the railroad tracks and 2000 feet southeast of Greynolds Park, with the intention of expanding the main park. It was called East Greynolds Park, and North Miami Beach eventually gave the property to Dade County.

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In 1953, North Miami Beach tried to get the underutilized land back, with the case ending up in the Florida Supreme Court. The county won.

During the 1960s and 1970s, outdoor concerts were held there in a large open field. Big bands of the day, such as Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead, were among the headliners.

In 2013, county parks planner R.S. Tietgen told the BT that East Greynolds Park “is as developed as the county intends to have it. This is a park site that will be preserved in as natural a state as possible.”

A curvy quarter-mile road off of Biscayne Boulevard leads into the park’s parking lot of about 70 spaces. Weekday parking is now $2 an hour. There’s a bathroom building nearby and a large pavilion available for rent with picnic tables and a water fountain. Since May 2017, Alfresco Fun rentals has had a trailer broadcasting popular music in the parking lot. They rent single and double kayaks, standup paddle boards, and canoes. Prices for single kayaks start at $12 for 45 minutes, and you can rent one for up to a full day. According to Alfresco employee Sol, who sets you up with the proper equipment, “We’re dog friendly -- you can actually bring any animal. People have brought cats along. They seem to like it.”

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Sol explains that the price of the craft rental includes life vests for everyone, even pets. Before you launch, she hands you a laminated map of the area, highlighting water trails up Royal Canal, across adjacent Maule Lake, and a cool mangrove water trail that heads south through nearby Oleta River State Park, pointing out areas of dolphin and manatee sightings. Crocodile warning signs are posted by the kayak launch area.

Owner Henry Galiano chose East Greynolds as a good location for his first kayak business. “I was already familiar with the park, and since being here, we’ve seen an increase in the number of park visitors. People see our signs for kayak rentals along Biscayne Boulevard and tell us they had no idea there was a park here.” He leases the space from the parks department and is enjoying his first anniversary at East Greynolds Park.

In 1993, the Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (EEL) acquired a three-acre riverfront site adjacent to East Greynolds Park. Invasive Australian pines were removed to help restore it to its natural state. It is a protected natural area of mangrove forest, part of 20,700 acres of environmentally endangered land that has been protected public land in Florida since 1990, and part of 2800 acres within the county’s parks that are managed and protected by the Natural Areas Management Division of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department.

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It is also the site of the Metro Dade Biscayne Bay Restoration Enhancement Program’s East Greynolds Park Shoreline Enhancement Project, restoring mangrove forest shoreline that filters toxins, prevents flooding, and provides food and shelter for native animal life. Visitors can get a view of the mangrove restoration by walking down the park’s short wooden pier, which overlooks Maule Lake. Those fishing are urged to recycle filament fishing line in the PVC receptacle by the pier’s entrance.

In 2007, a fenced 1.76-acre dog park was built at a cost of $215,000. This “bark park” is north of a large field often used for camping by Boy Scouts. A cement walkway leads from the parking lot to the dog-area entrance gate, which doesn’t shut and lock. Inside the six-foot chain-link-fenced dog park, visitors can choose to enter either the park designated for small dogs under 35 pounds or the park for large dogs over 35 pounds, which also has a gate that doesn’t shut and lock, and is a concern for owners who don’t want to lose their pets.

Currently, a rock is used to hold the gate shut and two garbage bags tied together serve as a gate latch. Best to save plastic bags for the two pet waste stations, which are empty in the large dog park. The park for small dogs does have bags in its two waste stations.

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Each dog park has three garbage cans, a canine water fountain/shower spray, a blue canvas pavilion for shade, and a concrete footpath running through the yard. The small-dog park has two benches and three picnic tables, while the large-dog area has benches, six tables, and two barbecues in a very shaded picnic area. Picnic tables are quite weather-worn.

Ray Fernandez gives East Greynolds Dog Park high marks, compared to Legion Dog Park, where he used to take Boomer, his one-year-old Dogo Argentino. “I like it here because there’s grass,” he says, explaining that shade trees at Legion Park prevent grass from taking hold. This columnist hands Fernandez a plastic poop bag she keeps in her pocket; he points to a hose that comes in handy if you step in a poop pile.



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East Greynolds Park
16700 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
305-945-3425


Park Rating

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Hours:
Sunrise to sunset
Picnic Tables: Yes
Barbecues: Yes
Picnic pavilions: Yes
Tennis Courts: No
Camping field: Yes
Kayak rentals: Yes
Dog park: Yes
Playground: No

 

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