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For Immediate Release:
January 19, 2012
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2 celebrates the opening of a new soccer field at Oak Grove Park on Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m.

Residents and soccer enthusiasts are invited to join Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime and the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012, as they open the new soccer field at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159 St., Miami.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to fulfill a commitment I made to the Oak Grove area residents,” said Commissioner Monestime.  “This high quality soccer facility will motivate the children of the neighborhood to become more physically active and healthy, given this community’s passion for this sport.”

The new 195’ x 330’ regulation-size soccer playing field, complete with field goals, was sponsored by Commissioner Monestime and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, and is a product of Miami-Dade County Parks’ Design/Build Team. The project was funded by “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bonds (GOB) totaling $235,000. 

“Soccer is really popular at Oak Grove Park,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “By identifying an under-utilized baseball field and repurposing it, we were able to create a cost effective solution that provides residents with a safe place to enjoy quality leisure and recreation time with their children and neighbors, as they play the sport that they love.”

The 22-acre Oak Grove Park also contains a five-acre lake, a three-acre hardwood hammock, four tennis courts, and a small recreation center. Future plans for this park include a domino shelter and additional walkway lighting.

For directions to Oak Grove Park, please call 305-944-8670, or visit

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

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