A water park called Miami Wilds could soon begin construction near Zoo Miami.
In November, Miami-Dade commissioners voted to award $13.5 million in funding towards the project. The developer of the project will spend another $99 million at a minimum, bringing the total development cost to $112.5 million.
Miami Wilds will include:
Water Park – Approximately 20 Acres: Developers say it will be a best-in-class water park with a lazy river attraction, wave pools, slides, kiddie pools and a beach area (estimated cost of $43 million).
Family Lodge Hotel – 200 rooms on approximately 4 acres: The boutique hotel has an estimated cost to build of $52 million.
Retail – Approximately 3.5 Acres: The retail and restaurant village will have between 15,000 and 25,000 square feet of space. Cost to build is $4 million.
Parking – Parking and drop off areas for 4,206 cars and 90 buses (including for Zoo Miami). Estimated cost to build is $13.5 million, paid for with the taxpayer grant.
Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021, with opening in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Once it is open, nearly 525,000 guests a year are forecast to visit the park.
An earlier plan for a much larger 20th Century Fox theme park for the site has been scrapped.
ProParks Attraction Group of Orlando has been hired to manage the park. The company also manages Island H2O Live in Orlando.