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(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, District 4, invite dog owners and their canines to join them at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2011, as they kick-off Dog Days at Haulover Beach, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. By popular demand, Miami-Dade County Parks is extending its 2011 summer offering of 'Dog Day Afternoons in the Haulover Dunes,' inviting Haulover Park beachgoers and their water-loving pets back for weekend romps on the sand and surf.
"Our summer pilot program was monitored and well attended," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. "We want to give dog owners access to the beach in a responsible manner and expand our program to Saturday and Sunday mornings at the park."
The dog recreation area, Tower 3 on Haulover Beach, will be available every weekend beginning Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and is located directly across from Haulover Dog Park. Accommodations include a canine wash-down station. Pet owners are advised to bring their own water to keep their pets hydrated. Signs will be posted to remind guests of proper beach etiquette.
"We have a large community of dog owners who use our Parks for enjoyment," said Commissioner Heyman. "The success of the summer pilot program allows us to expand this canine beach access."
Admission to the dog recreation areas at Haulover Beach Park is $2 per vehicle if dog is in car. For directions and further information about activities at this park, visit Miami-Dade Parks or call 305-947-3525.
About the Miami-Dade Parks:
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.