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For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Announces the Grand Re-Opening of its Family Aquatics Center at Gwen Cherry Park

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime invite residents to join them on Friday, June 10, for the grand reopening of its Family Aquatics Center at Gwen Cherry Park, 2591 NW 71 St., Miami. Bring along the kids and your swim gear so you can try out the newly renovated pool and its new splash playground. The event kicks off with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

"This is truly a happy day for everyone in this community," said Commissioner Monestime, who led the effort for this project. "With the warm summer months upon us, more folks will be heading to pools to get some relief from the heat and Gwen Cherry pool will be there to welcome them with open arms."

As part of its $1,183,000 face-lift funded by Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Program and the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Bond Program, the 90'x50' recreational pool has been resurfaced and has a new plumbing and drainage system. The bathhouse was also updated with new showers, lockers, restrooms, and a baby changing station.  There is also a new 85'x50' splash playground that features spray arches, water cannons, a bucket soaker and other assorted sprinklers. Patio umbrellas, drinking fountains, lighting, landscaping, and a fence have also been added.  The entire facility is ADA accessible. 

"This Family Aquatics Center is going to be a major quality of life asset for this community, as it will encourage residents to exercise and develop a healthy lifestyle," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. "For those who would like to get in the water but haven't learned how to swim, Miami-Dade Parks offers Learn-to-Swim classes for all ages at this facility and at all of our pools around the County, all summer long."

The Gwen Cherry pool is a seasonal facility that will remain open to the public during the summer months from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from noon-5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Admission is $1.50 for adults and $1.00 for children.  The pool offers the services of lifeguards and water safety instructors who are American Red Cross Certified.

For directions to the event or information about registering for a Miami-Dade Parks Learn-To-Swim class at Gwen Cherry Park, please call 305-694-4889.

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 Miami Dade Parks


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