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For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2012

Media Contact:
Jennifer Caminas

Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Leaders and Miami Children's Hospital Promote Water Safety and Drowning Prevention at Summer Safety Splash


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.  The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami Children's Hospital and are joining forces to promote the importance of water safety and the urgency of learning how to swim during the 3rd annual "Summer Safety Splash" event.

Photo opportunities include:

  • Drowning rescue demonstrations
  • Swimming lesson demonstrations
  • Interactive activities related to water safety
  • Supervised water fun for children in the pool and splash playground
  • Statements on the importance of water safety from community leaders

About Miami Children's Hospital:
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 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 260 parks and more than 12,825 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

Who: Speakers will include Miami-Dade County District 6 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Marta Perez.

What:Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

When: May 19, 2012, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Where:A.D. Barnes Park Pool
3401 SW 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155



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