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Welcome to Pinecrest

The Village of Pinecrest may have been established in 1996 but the community has a colorful history. In 1936, Franz and Louise Scherr opened Parrot Jungle, Franz’s dream of an attraction where parrots could fly free in an environment of undisturbed native vegetation. Over the years, Parrot Jungle evolved into an attraction showcasing birds, animals, native trees and flowers in a beautiful garden setting. Visitors came from all over the world to experience Franz Scherr’s vision. In 2002, the Village of Pinecrest purchased Parrot Jungle with the intention of turning it into Pinecrest Gardens, an incomparable park and pride of the community. In the 1950’s, development in the area ensued with the construction of homes on wooded, acre parcels. With the community growing and thriving in the 1990’s, Evelyn Greer and Gary Matzner encouraged the community to incorporate and Greer became its first mayor.

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Families adore Pinecrest Gardens with its verdantly lush scenery and wonderful activities for parents and children including a horticulture series, summer camps, outdoor concerts, and tours. The Green Market, a farmer’s market located at Pinecrest Gardens, is a seasonal open-air market where you can buy locally harvested fruits and vegetables and locally-made, artisanal foods.  Bring your kids to Evelyn Greer Park, a recreational park and sporting facility complete with athletic fields, batting cages, and playgrounds. Nearby Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, is redolent with the aroma of exquisite, native plants and flowers, and inhabited by large green iguanas and peacocks flaunting their colorful plumage.

While Pinecrest is considered a lush and tranquil residential neighborhood with excellent public and private schools, it is home to a rapidly growing business community, gourmet restaurants, and fashionable boutiques. Browse or shop nearby at some of Miami’s best malls such as Kendall’s Dadeland, Coral Gables’ Merrick Park and South Miami’s Sunset Place and just a bit farther south at The Falls accessible by US1.

Pinecrest is served by Metrobus and by Miami Metrorail and by the Pinecrest People Mover, a fee-free transit service.