(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade Board of County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez and the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation (MDPR) Department invite dog lovers and their furry pals to join them on Saturday, May 21, 2011, for the Grand Opening of the new Dog Park at West Kendall District Park, 11255 SW 157 Avenue, Miami. This brings MDPR's dog recreation area count to 19, and makes it the fifth regional dog park in its system. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with County dignitaries and officials at 10:00 a.m.
“This new dog park represents great progress for this 164-acre regional park” said MDPR Director Jack Kardys. “As Miami-Dade Parks continues to forge new partnerships with local business and community organizations, we hope to transform this open space into a first class regional park that residents will enjoy for generations to come.”
The 6.5-acre dog park features separate fenced-in grassy areas for small and large dogs, and a variety of dog play equipment, such as dog walk ramps, tire and window jumps and a paws table. As if that doesn't make a pooch happier, there are 'doggie' comfort stations with drinking fountains and water sprays. There are also pooper scooper stations, making it more convenient for dog owners to clean up after their pets. Other amenities include an 18' x 38' shade canopy, benches, picnic areas, public restrooms, parking, and walkways that are ADA accessible. The project, completed with Safe Neighborhood Park bonds and park impact fees totaling $1.18 million, marks the first phase of development for this park.
“Residents in West Kendall have anxiously-awaited the day when they would have their very own regional dog park, equipped with all the bells and whistles that will have their dogs leaping for joy,” said Chairman Martinez. “This premier facility is the perfect place for neighbors to mingle, while their canine friends get some exercise and enjoy their off-leash time outdoors.”
Future development of this park will be funded by $23 million from Building Better Communities General Obligation Bonds.
The park will be open from 9 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Sunday. There is no charge to use this facility and parking is free. For directions to event, or information about upcoming activities and events at this park,call 305-386-0227, or visit the MDPR web site.
About MDPR Dog Parks
Responding to community demand, in 2007, Miami-Dade County developed a plan to construct several dog recreation areas throughout the community. MDPR has 19 dog friendly areas for residents to stroll, run, and play with their dogs. There are three types of dog-friendly facilities: Dog Parks, where dogs can roam free; and Dog Friendly Parks and Dog Run Parks, for leashed dogs.
There are five regional dog parks in the MDPR system: West Kendall District Park, Tropical Park, Amelia Earhart Park, Greynolds Park, and Haulover Park, which is beachside. These parks are loaded with "doggie" amenities, such as dog play equipment, separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, dog comfort stations with drinking/spray fountains, and pooper scooper stations, with waste bags/receptacles, so that owners can clean up after their pets.
MDPR's 13 dog friendly parks are equipped with dog comfort/pooper scooper stations. The 13 dog-friendly parks are Acadia Park, Biscayne Shores and Gardens Park, Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, Kevin Broils Park, Kings Meadow Park, Military Trail Park, Olympic Park, Rockdale Park, San Jacinto Park, Snapper Creek Park, Spanish Lake Park, Tamiami Trail Park, and West Kendale Lakes Park. MDPR's only dog run, Lago Mar Park, features a fenced-in grassy area without the frills.
About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department
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, Miami-Dade Parks 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.