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Written by Janet Goodman, BT Contributor   
December 2018

Normandy Isle Park and Pool gets improvements in 2019

IParkPatrol_1n Biscayne Bay, wedged between North Bay Village and the North Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach along Collins Avenue, is an island sliced in half by the Normandy Waterway. Two Beach communities are found there: Normandy Shores to the north and Normandy Isle to the south.

Famous for its water recreation, the City of Miami Beach has three public pools: Flamingo Park and Pool, Scott Rakow Youth Center, and Normandy Isle Park and Pool. For decades Normandy Isle Park and Pool has been a summer favorite, serving generations of Normandy Shores and Normandy Isle residents.

This 3.6-acre facility, located at 7030 Trouville Esplanade between 71st Street and Normandy Drive, is divided into five amenities. The pool is accessible at the main entrance; to the south of that is the soccer/flag football field. Walk westward, and you’ll come upon a double playground, followed by a large picnic pavilion and three basketball courts.

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In the spring of 2002, Normandy Isle Park and Pool closed for a major reconstruction project. In 2005 the Miami Herald reported that the renovation was two years behind schedule and running over budget -- the original estimated cost was $2.3 million. The city blamed delays and cost overruns on a contractor who “failed to meet deadlines and quality standards,” and having to search for a new construction team. It was a long, tough wait for the community, but five years and $5 million dollars after renovations began, the park and pool finally reopened.

Visitors can find free two-hour street parking at the pool entrance on Trouville, where at least 16 Citi Bike rentals are available at $6.50/hour. Or they can secure their own bikes at convenient racks nearby. Pool and park are accessible to people with disabilities.

Anyone can use the park facilities, such as the playgrounds, basketball courts, and sports field at no charge. The pool is free for Miami Beach residents, but in early October, non-resident fees were raised 17.5 percent: $12 for adults, $7 for youths; children under three years or 42 inches tall can enter the pool for free. Normandy Isle Park and Pool is open seven days a week, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Around the entire sports complex is nine-foot metal park fencing and well-manicured landscaping. On a BT visit in early November, no litter was noticed. Dogs are not allowed in this Miami Beach park.

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Young Miami Beach residents can take the stairs to the second-tier pool level to enter the community center, located next to the pool. It’s better known as the Teen Club, and only teens are allowed in to enjoy ping-pong, billiards, or just hang out with friends. On this visit the community center was being set up as an Election Day voting precinct.

There are two outdoor pools on the second tier: a water playground and a lap pool. The water playground has a zero-depth entry, with 1.6 feet being its deepest spot. Pool manager Abe Padro, who is celebrating his 21st year working in recreation and his second year as pool manager, gives the BT a tour, pointing out that there are two to three trained and certified lifeguards on duty at any given time, but on this day, there’s only one adult swimmer in the lap pool. According to Padro, peak season is summer, while November to February is the quiet time.

Seating is everywhere along the pools’ perimeters. There are at least 25 blue lounge chairs and four umbrella tables with chairs; a shaded nook with picnic tables for parties is available for rent. The locker room building has two very clean restrooms, each with three showers.

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Before the 2007 reopening, there was just one pool with a diving board. To accommodate two pools constructed in that space, the 25-yard lap pool is only four lanes wide and would need four more lanes to be considered for official high school swim meets. It is 6.9 feet at the deepest end and has a lift chair for those with certain disabilities. Two gas heaters under the pools keep water temperatures between 80 and 84 degrees. Learn-to-swim classes and water aerobics are held throughout the week.

Along the 71st Street side of the park is the rest of this vast sports complex. The soccer/flag football field has real grass, which according to Padro, takes a lot of maintenance. There are three sets of metal bleachers on the sidelines for spectators. Starting here and running westward connecting the additional areas is a cement walkway.

The tot lot features two playgrounds installed on spongy protective flooring and under a large sun shade. Next to the tot lot is a picnic pavilion with six picnic tables.

The westernmost amenity is for basketball. It is in fantastic shape, with three courts, water fountains, and two sets of metal bleachers.

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According to Melissa Berthier, public relations manager for the City of Miami Beach Office of Marketing and Communications, no significant improvements have been made at the park and pool since 2007. But much of the complex is going to get a facelift starting in 2019.

As part of the fiscal year 2018 budget, $375,000 paid for by the North Beach resort tax will finance plumbing repairs, new pool decking, new water playground equipment, and pool furniture. Currently, the city is in the permitting phase of replacing the sports field with an artificial turf surface.

Berthier tells the BT that on November 6, Miami Beach voters approved the Parks and Recreation General Obligation Bond, and several initiatives were proposed at Normandy Isle Park and Pool: upgrading the sports lighting to LED, replacing the outdoor playground equipment, and installing upgraded security cameras and new fencing. These enhancements would be subject to approved designs and permits. Sounds like this park is going to be better than ever.

 

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Normandy Isle Park and Pool


7030 Trouville Esplanade
Miami Beach, FL 33141
305-993-2021

 


Park Rating
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Hours: 
6:30 am to 8:30 pm
Picnic Tables: Yes
Barbecues: No
Picnic pavilions: Yes
Athletic fields: Yes
Basketball court: Yes
Night lighting: Yes
Swimming pool: Yes
Playground: Yes

 

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