Recreation & Culture

Parks & Recreation

  • Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department is the

    3rd largest

     in the United States, consisting of

    263 parks

     including golf courses, nature preserves, marinas, campgrounds, a championship tennis center and Zoo Miami - it totals nearly

    13,000 acres

    .
  • Our Park and Recreation Department is the

    1st to ever win

     the Florida Governor's Sterling Award for performance excellence.
  • More than

    100,000

     people have used free Wi-Fi service at four of Miami-Dade's largest public parks.
  • Since 1957, Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation has served

    1 million children

     with out-of-school programs including summer, winter & spring break camps, and after school programs.
  • Parks held a Family Festival of Fun and Games serving

    100 families

     at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park in February 2010.
  • The Natural Areas Management (NAM) was established to restore and manage naturally occurring plant and animal communities. NAM manages

     21,500 natural area acres

    .
  • This year, Miami-Dade County will offer

    500 seniors

     free park programs, including crafts, socials, games, exercise sessions and field trips at seven park locations.
  • Zoo Miami is a

    740-acre cageless zoo

     that is recognized as the only zoo in the continental United States situated in a sub-tropical climate with more than

    800,000 visitors

     a year.

Libraries

  • 8.9 million

    -- that's the number of

    items checked

    out from the Miami-Dade County Public Library System during FY 2008-2009, including books, CDs, DVDs and other media.
  • Our libraries get more popular every year - more than

    8.3 million visitors

    last year, and another

    5 million

    used the Library Department's great online resources.

Cultural Affairs

  • As the arts scene grows in Miami-Dade, we will provide

    $11 million

     in grants to help sustain

    400 cultural groups

    .
  • 17

     competitive grants programs strategically invest in and directly support more than

    400 non-profit

     cultural organizations annually.
  • The County’s Art in Public Places program, with more than

    600 works of art

     in its collection, is a major countywide “museum” of art created by Miami-Dade based artists and by artists from all over the world. 
  • This year, Miami-Dade County will distribute

    20,000

     Golden Tickets Arts Guides to senior citizens providing hundreds of

    free tickets

     to local cultural events. 
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