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For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Oak Grove Park Breaking Ground for Soccer

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Residents and soccer enthusiasts are invited to come out for the ceremonies on Friday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m., as Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime and the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) break ground for a new soccer field at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159 St., Miami.

"Residents loved soccer so much that we knew we had to do our best to help kick-start their World Cup field of dreams," said Commissioner Monestime. "With a little ingenuity and manpower, Oak Grove Park will soon have a new soccer field and be on its way to becoming a more active community park."

MDPR's standard athletic turf, comprised of Bermuda grass, will be installed, creating a new 195' x 330' regulation-size soccer playing field, equipped with field goals. This project, sponsored by Commissioner Monestime and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, is a product of MDPR's Design/Build Team, and slated for completion in July. The project will be funded by "Building Better Communities" General Obligation Bonds (GOB) totaling $235,000.

"We are truly thankful that we were able to meet the recreational demand for a soccer playing field in this community," said MDPR Director Jack Kardys. "By identifying an under-utilized baseball field and repurposing it, we were able to create a cost effective solution that will allow us to provide residents and their children with space to enjoy soccer activities at this park for years to come."

This 22-acre park also contains a five-acre lake, a three-acre hardwood hammock, four tennis courts, and a small recreation center. Future plans for this park include a domino shelter and additional walkway lighting.

For directions to the event, or information about registering for MDPR summer camps and other programs at Oak Grove Park, please call 305-944-8670.


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