Iconic Hallandale Beach Water Tower Demolished

After more than 60 years of service, a Hallandale Beach landmark was torn down Thursday.

The 140-foot, 200-thousand gallon water tower at Bluesten Park has been in service since 1951 but on Thursday it was demolished.

The water tower was shut down shortly before Thanksgiving and is being replaced with high capacity water pipes. It was built to accommodate the city and Gulfstream Park, which explains the iconic race horse mural painted on its side.

"It's outlived its usefulness, city spokesman Peter Dobens said. "It's 62 years old and it would cost more money to keep it up than to tear it down."

According to city officials, the company selected for the project gave them a deal, and was willing to do the job for almost $20,000 less than the next closest bid at $49,900.

The catch is that the company is going to get to keep the scrap metal from the project, worth an estimated $10,000.

The park will be expanded with more amenities added, Dobens said.

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