Miami To Get 125 Acre Park On Virginia Key

Aerial of Virginia Key with Downtown Miami in Distance

What was once an old landfill, Miami is planning on turning 125 acres on Virginia Key into a park, according to The Miami Herald. 

Originally used as a landfill in 1961 and then closed in 1977 it was covered in soil, but contaminents still caused leaking into the water. The cost to cap and seal the landfill will be $45 million at the cost of Miami-Dade taxpayers. 

The park is located near the old Jimbo's beer and fish bar that closed in 2012 after 50 years.

Bidding is expected to take a year and site work about 18 months, with the park expected to open in 2020.