University Park, Florida

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University Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 26,538 at the 2000 census.

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University Park is the name of the main campus of Florida International University (also called the Modesto Maidique Campus), located in the area. The campus encompasses 344 acres (1.4 km²). Florida International University was built from around 1965 onwards, with the destruction of Tamiami Airport. At the time, very little was located around FIU, and the campus was referred to as University Park. As Miami grew west, the area came to be known as University Park after the university's campus name.[citation needed]

Today, University Park houses all of the university's colleges and schools as well as all the administrative offices and main university facilities. University Park is also home to University House, the home of FIU's president, the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Frost Art Museum, the International Hurricane Research Center, and the university's athletic facilities such as FIU Stadium, University Park Stadium, and the U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Until the early-1990's, aerial pictures of the campus clearly revealed the features of the airport that used to occupy the land until 1969. Construction has obliterated all of these features, and only the University Tower remains as memory of the university's past. Today, University Park is home to about 87% of the student population and 94% of housing students. University Park is a lush, heavily-vegetated campus, with many lakes and nature preserves, as well as an arboretum and has 92 buildings. Current construction at University Park includes an independent art museum for the Frost Art Museum, a Graduate Business School Complex, a Molecular Biology Building, a Student Services Building, a Social Sciences Building, a Medical School Complex, and an expansion to FIU Stadium for a seating capacity of 45,000.

Geography

University Park is located at 25°44′43″N 80°21′58″W / 25.74528°N 80.36611°W / 25.74528; -80.36611 (25.745178, -80.366124).[3]

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