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For Immediate Release:
March 08, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Lights On As Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park Opens Its New Recreation Center and Baseball Field

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss invite residents to join them on Saturday, March 12 for the dedication of the new recreation center, baseball field and sports lighting at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, 14445 SW 122Ave., Miami. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that includes a color guard presentation by local Boy Scouts, followed by a Jr. Marlins T-ball game.

"These new facilities will serve to enhance recreational offerings for area residents from after-school and summer camp programs, to youth and adult leagues," said MDPR Director Jack Kardys. "As families struggle to balance work and the needs of their children, Miami-Dade Parks is working on ways to enrich their lives through the power of recreation."

The new amenities include a 6,410 square-foot recreation center with a multi-purpose room, an arts-and-crafts room, a lobby, administrative offices, a game room, storage space, a concession, an outdoor breezeway and restrooms. There's also a new lighted baseball field and parking lot. In addition, lighting was also added to the park’s existing soccer fields, basketball courts and walkway.

The cost for this project was $3,417,000 and was made possible with funds from Safe Neighborhood Park Bonds (SNP), the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP) the Building Better Communities Bond Program (BBC), and impact fees.

"Come out and help us celebrate Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park,“ said Commissioner Moss.  “Join me and community leaders as we officially dedicate this great community asset right in the middle of your neighborhood…Looking forward to seeing you there!”

For directions to the event, and/ or additional information about recreational offerings at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, including after-school and summer programs, and leagues, call 305-235-2053.

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR 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 MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit


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