(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier Souto will join residents on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Concord Park, for the opening of its newly renovated baseball field designed for kids ages 13 and under. The festivities start at 10 a.m. and will include a dedication ceremony, followed by a T-ball practice game featuring The Tigers, the 4-and-5-year-old division of the Miami Friends Baseball League. Commissioner Souto will throw out the first pitch. Attendees will receive information about Miami-Dade Parks' Park Watch program.
This little league size baseball field sports new fencing, clay, sod, and benches. The 10-acre Concord Park also received new trees, courtesy a $5,000 donation from the Florida Marlins through its partnership with the Parks Foundation and BioPlanet USA, as part of Miami-Dade County's Million Trees Miami campaign.
About the Million Trees Miami
The Million Trees Miami campaign is a community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30% tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. The campaign is an initiative of the Healthy Communities goal area in GreenPrint, a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cut energy, water and fuel consumption, and help develop a sustainable community for future generations. For more information, please visit http://milliontrees.miamidade.gov/.
About the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. Monies raised through membership and fundraising efforts help fund: scholarships for disadvantaged children to attend after-school and summer camp programs; recreational and community programs, such as disability services and health and wellness initiatives for people of all ages; and Parks Open Space Master Plan initiatives, such as the development of trail ways, bikeways and safe access to parks and open spaces throughout Miami. For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.parksfoundationofmiami-dade.com.
About the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation 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 www.miamidade.gov/parks.
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ACTIVITIES: Dedication ceremony, followed by a T-ball practice game featuring The Tigers, the 4-and-5-year old division of the Miami Friends Baseball League. Commissioner Souto will throw out the first pitch. Miami-Dade Parks' security officers will distribute information about the Department's Park Watch program.
CONTACT: For directions to the event and further information about activities at Concord Park, visit www.miamidade.gov/parks or call Miami-Dade Parks Central Region office at 786-315-5252.