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For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2013

Media Contact:
Rachel Perry

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


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
This free community event is presented by Miami Children's Hospital and Miami-Dade Parks, with support from AvMed Health Plans, Assurant, the Larry Little Legends Golf Classic and other supporters of the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund.  Through the non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the fund provides scholarships for free swimming lessons to disadvantaged children.  More information is available at  

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, 2011 and 2012-2013 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 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

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 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.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.

Who: Miami-Dade County Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and Miami-Dade County Schools Board Member Dr. Marta Perez

What:The Trauma Services Department at Miami Children’s Hospital and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces are joining forces to promote the importance of water safety and swim lessons for children during the 4th annual “Summer Safety Splash” event.

When: May 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

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


Editor's Note: 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 18, 2013


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