Matheson Hammock Park

Matheson Hammock Park
Matheson Hammock Park
Type Municipal
Location Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Area 630 acres (2.5 km2)
Created 1930 (1930)
Operated by Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department
Website Matheson Hammock Park
Matheson Hammock Marina

Matheson Hammock Park is a 630 acres (2.5 km2) urban park in metropolitan Miami at 9610 Old Cutler Road, just south of Coral Gables, Florida. The park surrounds the north and western ends of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.


Matheson Hammock opened in 1930 as the first county park of Dade County, a gift of 80 acres to the county from William J. Matheson.[1] It was administered by the county's first director of public parks, A. D. Barnes and designed by the landscape architect William Lyman Phillips.[2] Matheson wanted the land to be used as a park "to preserve the wild and natural beauty." It grew with further donations by the Matheson heirs, purchases by county commissioner Charles Crandon, and other donations to its current 630 acres.[3] Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crews were assigned to Matheson Hammock in 1936 and began to develop the Bayfront park area. Coral stone buildings rose and the picnic area had a coral stone shelter. Without the use of the inexpensive and skilled labor force under the state and federal assistance programs, it would have been impossible to build the miles of carefully-hewn coral stone walls and native stone buildings. The quality of the CCC's work was verified in 1945 when a hurricane resulted in 12 foot waves rolling over Matheson Hammock causing immense damage to equipment and furnishings, and depositing layers of mud and trash in the park, but the basic CCC structures stood firm and the park recovered.[4]


Matheson Hammock Park is a scenic park featuring a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of adjacent Biscayne Bay. The beach sea breeze is popular among families. The park operates a snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral stone building, picnic pavilions and nature trails.[5]

In conjunction with the park the county runs a marina on the site, accommodating vessels of up to 50 feet (15 m2). Other facilities include a fishing tackle shop, boat launching ramps, gas and diesel fuel, and wetslips.[6]


  • Jackson, Faith Reyher. Pioneer of Tropical Landscape Architecture. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1997. isbn 0-8130-1516-2.

Coordinates: 25°40′37.06″N 80°15′29.58″W / 25.6769611°N 80.2582167°W / 25.6769611; -80.2582167

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