(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Recently, Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss along with Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation (MDPR) Director Jack Kardys and staff, and dozens of local residents were on hand at Sergeant Joe Delancy Park, located at 14450 Boggs Drive in Richmond Heights, for the ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the recent renovations and upgrades to the swimming pool and to kick off the Summer Safety Splash event including swimming safety demonstrations and a day filled with water activities and fun.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication marks the completion of the park improvements and the grand opening of an array of new park amenities for the entire community to enjoy. The renovations and upgrades includes a new 1,500 square-foot splash playground, renovations and expansion of the pool, a new roofing system, additions to the picnic area, new landscaping, an expanded park irrigation system and newly expanded restrooms adding 1,100 square-feet. With lifeguards on duty daily, the pool will be open seven days a week.
The project was implemented by Miami-Dade Parks and was completed with funds totaling $2,297,567 from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (GOB) and the Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Program (SNP). Commissioner Moss was instrumental in placing the bond series on the ballot which voters approved.
"Promises made, promises kept", stated Commissioner Moss as he addressed the morning guests. "Today's events are a result of my commitment to the residents of Richmond Heights. It all started when, as I drove around Miami-Dade County observing some of the other areas of the community and saw the kinds of amenities that were at those particular pools, I said to myself, 'Why not in my District.'" Sergeant Joe Delancy Park holds significant memories for Commissioner Moss who grew up in the Richmond Heights community and was trained as a lifeguard at the very same pool and recreation center.
The renovations and improvements at Sgt. Joe Delancy Park in District 9 is one of several projects included in The Moss Plan. The Moss Plan, originally referred to as "South Dade Neighborhood Development Concept Plans", was renamed by a unanimous vote by the Commission as "The Moss Plan". Many projects benefiting from The Moss Plan include business expansion and development, street paving and road improvements, affordable housing, community centers/recreation facilities, community gateway signs, redevelopment and expansion of parks, beautification projects, crime prevention, and homebuyer's counseling.