(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Friday, April 15, 2011, Commissioner Jean Monestime joined staff from the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) to break ground on a new soccer field at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159 Street. Soccer fans will soon be able to make use of the field, which is scheduled to officially open this summer.
Because of soccer's popularity in the area, MDPR staff sought to meet the demand by converting an underutilized baseball field into what will become a 195' x 330' regulation-size soccer field. The field will include MDPR's standard athletic turf, comprised of Bermuda grass, and come equipped with field goals. This project, a product of MDPR's Design/Build Team, is slated for completion in July, and will be funded by "Building Better Communities" General Obligation Bonds (GOB) totaling $235,000.
"With a little ingenuity and manpower, Oak Grove Park will soon have a new soccer field and be on its way to becoming a more active community park," said Commissioner Monestime. Oak Grove Park also features a five-acre lake, a three-acre hardwood hammock, four tennis courts, and a small recreation center within 22 acres. Future plans for this park include a domino shelter and additional walkway lighting.