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For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2011

Media Contact:
Doris Howe

Miami-Dade Park & Recreation's Summer Safety Splash event will dedicate upgrades and promote swimming safety at Sergeant Joe Delancy Park and pool this Saturday

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss invite the public to join them at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, as they dedicate recently made renovations and upgrades to Sergeant Joe Delancy Park and its pool, during its Summer Safety Splash event, to include swimming safety demonstrations, at 14450 Boggs Drive in Miami. 

The dedication will announce the completion of an improvement project at the park, which includes a new splash playground, renovation and expansion of the pool, the addition of a picnic area, new landscaping, and an expanded park irrigation system at the 10.8 acre park.  The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting dedication taking place first at 10:30 a.m. along with the rescue and water safety demonstration.  The remainder of the event will be rounded out with interactive water activities for children of all ages, including a splash play zone for children age 5 and younger; and the promotion of summer safety and community programs, including CPR classes, SafeSitter, the Oscar Project, cycling safety demos, and bicycle helmet fittings (while supplies last).  The pool will be open for swimming with lifeguards in attendance.  The event is also being co-hosted by the Miami Children’s Hospital Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine. 

“These improvements come just in time for this neighborhood’s summer time picnics and family gatherings,” said Commissioner Moss.  “It is a happy day, when a community can gather to celebrate changes that will help to improve its quality of life.  I am proud to deliver on a promise made to the residents of Richmond Heights.”

The project, implemented by Miami-Dade Parks, was completed with funds totaling $2,297,567 from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (GOB) and the Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Program (SNP).  Commissioner Moss had supported placing the bond series on the ballot and voters approved both.

“This park gives neighbors a safe place to recreate, stay fit and socialize with each other, and ultimately helps to build community,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “It is a quintessential example of the value that parks and recreational programming bring to a community."

For directions, the public should call the park office at (305) 235-4503 or visit

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award 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.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1 or visit


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