(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, District 13, and the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department (MDPR) invite residents to join them from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011, for the Grand Opening of the new North Pointe Community Center at 7351 NW 186 Street, Miami. There will be food, a live DJ and music, fun activities for kids, and a Health & Wellness Fair. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with County dignitaries and officials will take place at 11:00 a.m.
Event-goers will be able to view the new Community Center's amenities and enjoy the festivities, which will include tasty wings and cool beverages courtesy of the Sports Grill at Country Club of Miami; a kids zone with a bounce house, inflatable slide, face-painting, and balloons; and a Health & Wellness fair offering health screenings and information on various health topics.
"The North Pointe Community Center will be a major asset to residents of all ages in this community, as it will provide affordable access to fitness, recreation and other programs geared toward improving their health and well-being," said MDPR Director Jack Kardys.
The new 6,590-square-foot Community Center provides space for community, fitness and recreational activities. It includes a meeting room, accessible to community groups and homeowner associations; a wellness facility with cardio equipment and areas for group exercise; and spaces for arts, cultural and musical instruction. The site also contains staff offices; a 6,023-square-foot beach-entry style recreational pool; a 1,500-square-foot splash playground with a tunnel slide, dancing floor jets, water cannons, and rain curtains; a 2,460-square-foot pool building with public lockers, showers, restrooms, and a snack bar; two picnic shelters; walking paths; and a parking area with space for 103 vehicles.
"I want to thank all of the dedicated members of the North Pointe community for their perseverance and patience. We have been working to make this dream a reality for many years. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share this historic moment with all of you," said Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
The cost for this project was $4,981,831 and was made possible with funds from Park Impact Fees, the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP) and the Building Better Communities Bond Program (GOB).
For further information and directions to the event, the public can call 305-654-1169.
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 www.miamidade.gov/parks.