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Historic Miami Circle Park closing for an upgrade
May 26, 2021

Miami Circle Park is about to get a long-awaited sprucing up.

The park, situated at the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, will be closed beginning June 7 while repairs and improvements are underway, said Horacio Stuart Aguirre, chair of the Miami River Commission.

The park sits atop the Miami Circle, a 2,000-year-old, historically significant Tequesta Indian artifact comprised of holes and basins carved into the limestone. It was discovered in 1998 during a routine pre-construction archeological survey, and briefly enjoyed international attention. The State of Florida purchased the property in 1999 for more than $26 million. In 2002 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Due to its fragility and exposure to wind and water damage, the artifact itself has long been buried under layers of protective limestone. Gradually the park’s 2.5 acres have fallen into neglect, inundated with trash and pet waste, homeless encampments and illegally parked vehicles.

Mr. Aguirre said contractors hired by the Department of State will replenish the park’s…

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