Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Program
On November 5, 1996 Miami-Dade County voters approved a measure called the Safe Neighborhood Parks Act of 1996 to improve parks and natural areas. The measure was organized by a not-for-profit national organization, the Trust for Public Lands, and was sponsored locally by the Trust for Safe Neighborhood Parks, Inc.
The Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond (SNP) Program has funded $220 million in county and municipal park capital improvements--ranging from athletic fields and picnic areas, to upgrades for people with disabilities and beach restoration. Miami-Dade County and each of the County's 34 municipalities is benefiting from the Safe Neighborhood Parks Act. Additionally, SNP monies have been allocated to a number of nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, Trust for Public Lands and the Children's Museum.
The SNP program was enacted under Miami-Dade County Ordinance No. 96-115 on July 16, 1996. The ordinance also created the Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) which empowered it to administer the project by ensuring that bond monies were only used for projects approved by the voters’ as well as monitoring the progress of the construction improvements to parks throughout Miami-Dade County. The COC was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (Board) from a slate of candidates representing the racial, ethnic, gender and geographical composition of the community.
After more than 16 years the program is near completion. On December 16, 2009 the COC voted to begin the close-out of the program and to recommend to the Board that the COC be dissolved. However, the COC agreed to meet one last time on May 19, 2010 in order to recommend certain contract extensions and scope modifications that were needed to finalize projects which were presented to the Board under a separate legislative item.
On November 4, 2010 the Board approved Ordinance No. 10-79 which retroactively amended project scopes and funding for those projects approved by the COC at its May 2010 meeting, dissolved the COC, and transferred the administrative duties of the COC to the Mayor or Mayor’s designee in order to begin the final close-out of the SNP Program
Currently, there is still work in progress on a limited number of projects with a projected one-year timeline to conclude the program. Approximately $850 thousand in work still needs to be completed. The successful program ushered in a new era of improvements that has significantly upgraded the County's park system and positively impacted numerous municipalities and non-profits organizations.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Thu May 31, 2012 12:14:16 PM
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