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For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Opens New Ball Field at Concord Park 10 a.m., Saturday, September 24

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Javier Souto invite residents to join them at 10 a.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Concord Park, for the opening of its newly renovated baseball field designed specifically for youth recreational use.  The festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a neighborhood youth pick-up game.  Miami-Dade Parks' security officers will also be distributing information about the Department's Park Watch program, which seeks to engage residents in its efforts to help keep neighborhood parks safe.

"This long awaited field of dreams represents a home run for this active neighborhood park," said Commissioner Souto.

This little league size baseball field, developed for kids ages 13 and under, sports new fencing, clay, sod, and benches.  New native shade trees at this park are courtesy a $5,000 donation from the Florida Marlins through its partnership with the Parks Foundation and BioPlanet USA, as part of Miami-Dade County's Million Trees Miami campaign.  The 10-acre-neighborhood park also has basketball courts, lighted walking paths and a playground. 

"Miami-Dade Parks remains committed to providing outstanding recreational opportunities and athletic fields, and these much needed ball field upgrades will further encourage younger children who love baseball to stay active playing their favorite sport," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.

Concord Park is located at 3301 SW 114 Avenue, Miami. For directions to the event and further information about activities at Concord Park, visit Miami-Dade Parks or call Miami-Dade Parks Central Region office at 786-315-5252.  

About the Million Trees Miami
The Million Trees Miami campaign is a community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30% tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. The campaign is an initiative of the Healthy Communities goal area in GreenPrint, a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cut energy, water and fuel consumption, and help develop a sustainable community for future generations. For more information, please visit Million Trees Miami.

About the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. Monies raised through membership and fundraising efforts help fund: scholarships for disadvantaged children to attend after-school and summer camp programs; recreational and community programs, such as disability services and health and wellness initiatives for people of all ages; and Parks Open Space Master Plan initiatives, such as the development of trail ways, bikeways and safe access to parks and open spaces throughout Miami. For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit Parks Foundation of Miami.

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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