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For Immediate Release:
July 21, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks opens new playground at Sunkist Park

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez, and the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department invite the community to join them on Wednesday, July 27, for the opening of the new playground at Sunkist Park, 8401 SW 64 Street, Miami.  There will be a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with County dignitaries and officials.

"I am very proud of this park, which is a result of neighborhood residents coming together to create a place for families and children to play, share stories and enjoy nature. Sunkist Park also represents a vestige of pine rockland, serves as a great example of beauty and shows the value of landscaping our community," said Mayor Gimenez.

Set amidst a natural landscape of pines, sabal palms and other plantings typical of a pine rockland, the 0.8-acre park features a new playground with boulder-like climbers, spring toys and swings for children ages 2-12. There is also a rubberized play surface for ADA accessibility. The playground is artfully surrounded by an ellipse-shaped concrete walkway with crushed stone cross-paths designed to add a natural appearance to this park.

"This unique park and playground not only offers the elements of fun, discovery and adventure to kids, but gives prominence to the park's historical era as a pine rockland," said MDPR Director Jack Kardys. "The entire park is planted with trees and plants that are native to a pine rockland, and park visitors can get an up-close look at these native plants as they use the walkways." 

"I am thrilled to welcome this addition to the neighborhood community," said Commissioner Suarez. "Area residents and children will treasure the beauty that is the heart of this peaceful park."

Miami-Dade Parks' design/build team and its Natural Areas Management (NAM) biologists worked with Miami landscape architect Leticia Fernandez-Beraud and biologists from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens on the project, which was developed with Safe Neighborhood Park (SNP) Bond Program, Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP), and Impact Fee funds.

For directions to event, or information about upcoming activities and events at this park, call 305-666-5883, or visit the Miami-Dade Parks web site at

About the Miami-Dade Park & 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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