Jungle Island to receive makeover following park sale


MIAMI – If change is an adventure, Jungle Island is about to get a whole lot wilder.

The 18-acre theme park on Watson Island will undergo a massive makeover after the attraction's $60 million sale was finalized Wednesday.

ESJ Capital Partners, an Aventura-based asset management firm, purchased the park and takes over the current lease on the land.

The renovations will be done in three phases over the next two years and include zip lines, water slides and a crystal lagoon.

A private club will also be part of the expansion in an effort to make the park what the new owners call an eco-adventure destination.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capitalize on the heritage of Parrot Jungle, then Jungle Island, and create a truly unique experience within an urban setting,” says Gabriel Amiel, Chairman and co-Founder of ESJ Capital Partners

Jungle Island began in Pinecrest as Parrot Jungle in 1936. The park moved to its current Watson Island location in 2003.