(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Children who use Liberty City's Arcola Park have a new hometown hero. Miami-Dade resident Mauricio Perez, winner of MLB/Chevrolet's Diamonds and Dreams Field Makeover Promotion, designated the non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade as the recipient of his $20,000 award. As a result, Liberty City's Arcola Park is one of 12 fields across the country receiving a ball field makeover, part of Chevrolet's commitment to celebrating community parks, as well as present and future all-stars. A grand reopening and ribbon cutting for the new and improved Arcola Park ball field, located at 1680 NW 87 Street, is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. The Miami Marlins will also be on site with games and prizes.
Ball field improvements, provided by experts from Ripken Design and Fieldsâ„¢, include infield watering and grading, sod installation, new bases and base anchors and backstop pad, batter's box reconstruction, new dugout benches, and soil conditioner for continued maintenance. Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces further contributed to the Arcola Park ball field renovation, replacing the backstop and perimeter fencing and upgrading the field's bleachers. For more information on the MLB/Chevy Diamonds and Dreams Promotion, visit http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/chevy/building_diamonds/.
Special guests at the grand reopening and ribbon cutting will include Chevrolet Diamonds and Dreams Promotion winner Mauricio Perez; representatives from Chevrolet; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2; Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade President Dick Anderson; Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Director Jack Kardys; children participating in Miami-Dade Parks' after-school program supported by The Children's Trust; and Billy the Marlin.
About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort 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.
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 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 www.miamidade.gov/parks.