First phase of Jungle Island’s multimillion-dollar renovation to open this year

Irma caused substantial damage to the 18.5-acre property

Feb.February 08, 2018 02:30 PM

Rendering of Jungle Island and park president John Dunlap

Jungle Island is getting back on track with its multimillion-dollar renovation after Hurricane Irma forced its closure in September.

The first phase, expected to cost $16 million, is underway and the park is projected to reopen in late spring with new attractions. ESJ Capital Partners paid $60 million for the property in April with major redevelopment plans.

Irma caused substantial damage to the 18.5-acre property, including knocking down a zipline tower under construction, according to the Miami Herald.

New attractions include an indoor trampoline park near the entrance, an outdoor skydiving wind tunnel, a beach restaurant, and a new children’s playground with interconnected tree houses.

In July, Jungle Island’s owners pulled their request for a 39-year lease extension and a deal allowing for the development of a $50 million hotel next to the Watson Island theme park after facing stiff opposition from nearby residents. [Miami Herald] – Amanda Rabines

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