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For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2015
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Johanna Cervone

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava's Parks for People Initiative Gains 20% Increase in Parks Budget

Today, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Miami-Dade County budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Included in this year’s budget was a victory for Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava’s Parks for People Initiative: a 20% increase in the Miami-Dade parks and open spaces. The Parks for People Initiative was started earlier this year by the office of the Commissioner and residents to advocate for restoring our parks funding.

“I am grateful to the Commission and the Mayor for supporting our parks through increased investment. Our world class city deserves world class parks and the county has shown a renewed commitment to public spaces. The Parks for People Initiative is a direct result of District 8 residents organizing and raising awareness around this issue. I am humbled by the civic engagement in South Dade,” said the Commissioner.

The District 8 appointees to the Human Right Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board, Justin Wales and John Quick respectively, led a coalition of residents and nonprofit organizations to advocate for renewed investment for parks. The group collected 1,300 petitions supporting a 10% increase in parks investment for this year’s budget. The final budget allocated an additional 20% in funding.

“The Commission and the Mayor heard the plea of the people and I was thrilled to vote for a budget that recognized the need for greater investment in our parks. I would like to thank all the residents and organizations who have taken on this issue, especially Justin Wales and John Quick, our civic superstars. A special thanks to the Miami Foundation for stewarding the Parks for People Initiative throughout the county. I am looking forward to continued engagement around our public spaces with our residents,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.