For Immediate Release:
June 09, 2008

Media Contact:
Edith Torres

Kids can get in shape over the summer at Miami-Dade Parks' Summer Camp Program – Fit To Play, Fun For Life

Miami-Dade Parks Partners with the University of Miami to Offer Services including Mini-Health Fairs Featuring Body Mass Index Screenings, Nutrition Counseling and Exercise Education by UM Medical Students

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Parks opens its summer camps program on June 9 at over 40 sites across the county, offering children ages 6-14 its ever-popular and affordable Fit to Play, Fun for Life general camp, and numerous specialty camps for all interests. 

Miami-Dade Parks has partnered this year with the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) to provide children at specified sites with a number of added services including mini health fairs put on by UM Miller School of Medicine medical students who will address exercise, nutrition, safety, stress management and other health-related topics.  In addition, UM student athletes will make appearances at varying camp sites throughout the summer to keep kids motivated with their progress.  A news conference/pep rally is scheduled for June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Gwen Cherry Park with UM President Donna E. Shalala, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Congressman Kendrick B. Meek and other special guests.  (Additional details for the event will be announced at a later date).

The Fit to Play, Fun for Life general camp is designed to teach kids good health habits in a fun environment.  Children will engage in a variety of physical activities that will help raise their heart rates, as well as participate in other camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, and more.  

In addition to the Fit to Play, Fun for Life general camp, Miami-Dade Parks offers a variety of special interest camps including performing arts camps at African Heritage Cultural Arts Center and Raices Hispanic Heritage Cultural Arts Center, camps for children with disabilities, EcoAdventures/nature camps, and numerous sports camps such as golf, tennis, cheerleading, softball, football, lacrosse, basketball, soccer and mountain bike, as well as camps at The Deering Estate at Cutler and Miami Metrozoo.

Miami-Dade Parks is also offering Learn-to-Swim programs at all of its parks with pools, taught by American Red Cross-certified water-safety instructors.

General and specialty camps will also feature exciting field trips to sites such as Miami Metrozoo, Crandon Park Visitors and Biscayne Nature Center, Deering Estate at Cutler, Pelican Island and Joseph Caleb Auditorium for Magic City Monday theatre productions.  Campers also participate at an end-of-summer carnival with rides and games, scheduled this year for July 29-August 1 at Tropical Park.

Camps are open weekdays from 9 a.m-5 p.m. with 7:30 a.m. early drop off and 6 p.m. late pick up. To register, parents must call the individual camp/park of interest.   Costs vary.  For a full listing of camps, patrons are encouraged to visit the Miami-Dade Parks website at or call 305-755-7800. 

The Children’s Trust is a sponsor of the 2008 Miami-Dade Parks summer camp program.  

Miami-Dade Parks creates outstanding recreational, natural and cultural experiences to enrich you and to enhance our community for this and future generations.

List of summer camp locations follows.

Parks are listed by address going from north to south Miami-Dade County.

General Camps – Fit to Play, Fun for Life


  • Arcola Park, 1680 NW 87 St., 305-835-7987
  • Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83 St., 305-836-5095
  • Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terr., 305-622-2594
  • Gwen Cherry Park (Y.E.T.), 7090 NW 22 Ave., 305-694-4889
  • Highland Oaks Park, 20459 NE 24 Ave., 305-932-2164
  • Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Park, 3090 NW 50 St., 305-635-2081
  • M. L. King, Jr. Park, 6100 NW 32 Ct., 305-633-2044 *
  • Marva Y. Bannerman Park, 4830 NW 24 Ave., 305-633-4064
  • Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159 St., 305-944-8670
  • Ojus Park, 18995 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-931-5726
  • Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51 St., 305-633-4066
  • Norman and Jean Reach Park (P.S.N.), 7901 NW 176 St., 305-823-2414
  • North Glade Park, 17355 NW 52 Ave., 305-621-2461
  • Soar Park, 100 NW 83 St., 305-756-4165
  • West Little River Park, 2326 NW 84 St., 305-694-5096


  • Bird Lakes Park, 4765 SW 144 Ave., 305-207-1644
  • Brothers to the Rescue Park, 2420 SW 72 Ave., 305-666-5883
  • Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Ave., 305-274-9666
  • Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 305-270-4951
  • Hammocks Community Park, 9885 Hammocks Blvd., 305-380-6917
  • Kendale Lakes Park, 7850 SW 142 Ave., 305-385-4750
  • McMillan Park, 6125 SW 133 Ave., 305-382-6407
  • North Trail Park, NW 8 St. and 127 Ave., 305-207-2420
  • Rockway Park, 9460 SW 27 Dr., 305-223-8769
  • Ron Ehmann Park, 10995 SW 97 Ave., 305-271-3853
  • Ruben Dario Park, 9825 W. Flagler St., 305-222-2194
  • Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St., 786-315-5295
  • Tropical Estates Park, 10201 SW 48 St., 305-226-5782
  • Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW152 Ave., 305-388-4771
  • Wild Lime Park, 11341 SW 147 Ave., 305-386-0227


  • Cinco de Mayo Park, 19350 SW 384 St., 305-242-2142 *
  • Colonial Drive Park, 10750 SW 156 Terr., 305-233-3045
  • Eureka Park, 18320 SW 119 Ave., 305-235-2151
  • Eureka Villas Park, 14301 SW 180 St., 305-254-5856
  • Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St., 305-255-2399 *
  • Leisure Lake Park, 29305 Illinois Rd., 305-248-1527 *
  • Modello Park, 28450 SW 152 Ave., 305-247-1553
  • Naranja Park, 14150 SW 264 St., 305-258-1945 *
  • Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park, 14450 Boggs Dr., 305-235-4503
  • South Dade Park, 28151 SW 164 Ave., 305-247-9453
  • Southridge Park, 11250 SW 192 St., 786-293-4549
  • West Perrine Park, 17121 SW 104 Ave., 305-235-2053

* These sites are sponsored by The Children’s Trust

Specialty Camps

Sport Camps
Cheerleading/Dance Camp (ages 6-14)
Learn jumps, chants and modern and jazz dance techniques. Program includes field trips.

  •  Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24 St., 305-223-7070, ext. 294/295
  • Arcola Park, 1680 NW 32 Ct., 305-835-7987

Basketball Camp (ages 8-14)
Trained staff will teach team and individual play using defensive and offensive drills to improve skills and knowledge of the game. Program includes field trips and tournaments.

  • Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24 St., 305-223-7070, ext. 294/295

Football Camp (ages 9-17)
This is an intensive camp on football fundamentals, including position skill drills, film sessions and 7-on-7 games.

  • Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St., 305-226-8315, ext. 221

Lacrosse Camp (ages 9-17)
This is an intensive camp on Lacrosse fundamentals, including position skill drills, and film sessions. June 9th until July 4th, 2008.

  • Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St., 305-226-8315, ext. 221

Mountain Bike Camp (ages 7-17)
Boys and girls can develop riding skills from beginning to advanced on various trails and bike trail maintenance.

  • Amelia Earhart Park, 11900 NW 42 Ave., 305-681-2341

Golf Camp (ages 7-17)
Learn the basics of golf or sharpen your game and enjoy playing in tournaments. Program includes field trips and awards.

  • Briar Bay Golf Course, 9375 SW 134 St., 305-235-6667
  • Greynolds Golf Course, 17530 West Dixie Hwy., 305-949-1741
  • Palmetto Golf Course, 9300 SW 152 St., 305-235-1069

Tennis Camps (ages 6-15)
Learn the fundamentals of tennis.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Tamiami Tennis Center, 11201 SW 24 St., 305-223-7076
  • Continental Tennis Center, 10001 SW 82 Ave., 305-271-0732
  • Ives Estate Tennis Center, 1475 Ives Dairy Rd., 305-652-7260
  • Crandon Park Tennis Center, 7300 Crandon Blvd., 305-365-2300

National Junior Tennis League (ages 14 and under)
This non-profit organization provides free tennis lessons and equipment to youngsters at selected general program camps. For more information, call 305-666-8103.

Camps for Children with Disabilities – Sponsored by The Children’s Trust
Specialized Camps

Children and teens with disabilities will find enriching camp experiences, including sports, swimming, arts and crafts and field trips.

  • (ages 6-18) Coral Estates Park, 1405 SW 97 Ave., 305-222-2128
  • (ages 6-18) Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St., 305-222-2128
  • (ages 6-18) Camp Matecumbe, 11400 SW 137 Ave.,305-752-4966
  • (ages 6-12) Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., 305-380-9106
  • (ages 6-18) Goulds Park Gymnasium, 11350 SW 216 St., 305-234-1673
  • (ages 6-18) Camp Greynolds, Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, 305-945-3425

Cultural Arts Camps
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (ages 6-16)

The Summer Arts Academy at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center provides developmental instruction in the visual arts, dance, costume design, musical theatre, drama, instrumental and vocal music. Students take six classes daily that are taught by experienced arts professionals. At the conclusion of the nine-week program, a grand recital is held at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium to showcase students’ newly acquired arts accomplishments.

  • African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 2166 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, 305-638-6771

Raices Hispanic Heritage Cultural Arts Center (ages 6-14)
The Summer Arts Camp is structured to cultivate the tradition of valuing culture within the Hispanic communities through classes in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and folk arts. Students may select from a variety of classes that introduce the arts of Hispanic culture in an interesting and exciting way, presented by a distinguished staff of arts professionals.

  • Raíces at Miller Drive Park, 5510 SW 94 Ct., 305-271-0812

EcoAdventures/Nature Camps
Bill Graham Farm Village Summer Camp (ages 6-14)

City kids get a taste of rural life in this camp, which includes farm activities, agricultural studies and interaction with livestock.

  • Amelia Earhart Park, 11900 NW 42 Ave., 305-681-4011

Camp Manatee (ages 6-14)
Boys and girls have fun exploring the South Florida environment. Activities include canoeing (ages 9 and older), hiking, games, arts and crafts, field trips, and hands-on nature studies. Environmental themes change weekly.

  • Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, 305-948-2891/305-944-6111

Camp on the Sea (ages 12-16)
This is an enjoyable South Florida ecology/marine science program which includes canoeing, kayaking and snorkeling trips throughout Biscayne Bay and to other South Florida locations.

  • A.D. Barnes Park Sense of Wonder Nature Center, 3401 SW 72 Ave., 305-662-4124

Camp Cutler Nature Camp (ages 9-12) and Turtle Camp (ages 6-8)
Boys and girls learn all about nature through hands-on activities, games, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, field trips, marine walks and live animal presentations.

  • Bill Sadowski Park, 17555 SW 79 Ave., 305-255-4767

Camp Silver Palm (ages 6-12)
Children will explore nature’s wonders through games, crafts and field trips to wilderness areas such as Everglades National Park.

  • Castellow Hammock Park, 22301 SW 162 Ave., 305-242-7688

Nature Detectives (ages 6-8) and Nature Explorers Camp (9-12)
Enjoy nature education through games, arts and crafts, wildlife studies, swimming, field trips and canoeing.

  • A.D. Barnes Park Sense of Wonder Nature Center, 3401 SW 72 Ave., 305-662-4124

Bank of America Zoofari Summer Camp (ages 4-13)
Miami Metrozoo offers children a fun and recreational camp based on animal science.  Activities include zookeepers’ talks, interaction with small animals, animal treat creation, art & crafts and more. Camp runs June 16 – August 1 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with 8:30 a.m. dropoff.  Extended care available to 5:30 p.m.

Deering Estate at Cutler – Discovery Camp and Creative Art Camp

Deering Discovery Camp

Ages 6-13. Science, recreation, nature and fun! Campers explore the historic and natural environment of the Estate while engaging in hands on activities. Five, ten-day sessions are available from June 9 – August 15.

Creative Art Camp

Ages 6-9. Using our Artist Village, exhibits, and Artists in Residence, campers explore a balance of fine and traditional craft art utilizing the natural and historic setting of the Estate. Campers will participate in fun art-based activities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. There are two, ten-day sessions available: June 9 – June 20 & August 4 – August 15.

Aquatic/Learn-to-Swim Programs
Amelia Earhart Jr. Sailing Summer Program (ages 9-14)
Through hands-on activities, boys and girls learn all about sailing, including lake facilities for sailing practices, competitions, special events and water safety.

  • Amelia Earhart Park, 11900 NW 42 Ave., 305-769-2693

Boys and girls are taught to swim by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Various levels of courses are offered for children and adults, plus Tiny Tots (ages 3-5). For more information or to register, contact the pool of your interest. For information on Adaptive Aquatics programs for children with disabilities, call Miami-Dade Parks Leisure Access Services at 305-755-7848 (V/TDD).

*Pools accessible to people with disabilities.

  • A.D. Barnes, 3401 SW 72 Ave., 305-665-1626
  • Arcola, 1680 NW 87 St., 305-691-5104
  • Goulds, 21840 SW 114 Ave., 305-233-0537
  • Helen Sands (South Dade), 16350 SW 280 St., 305-248-1386
  • Little River, 10525 NW 24 Ave., 305-696-7651
  • Marva Y. Bannerman, 4829 NW 24 Ave., 305-635-2461
  • Naranja, 14150 SW 264 St., 305-258-4534
  • Palm Springs North, 7901 NW 176 St., 305-558-3762
  • Rockway, 9460 SW 27 Dr., 305-223-8742
  • Richmond (Sgt. Delancy Park), 14450 Boggs Dr., 305-238-5692
  • Tamiami, 11201 SW 24 St., 305-223-7077
  • Tropical Estates, 10201 SW 48 St., 305-221-5041


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