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For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2014
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Laura Phillips

Walgreens Contributes $5,000 to Gratigny Plateau Park

Donation to Pay for Outdoor Exercise Equipment

(MIAMI, March 13, 2014) - The nation’s largest drug store chain reinforced its commitment to community health and wellness with a $5,000 donation towards a HealthBeat® Chest/Back Press, one of eight pieces of outdoor exercise equipment planned for Gratigny Plateau Park.  A check presentation was held at the Walgreens store located at 750 NW 119th Street on March 6, 2014. 

Spearheaded by WPLG-TV Local 10, in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the extreme park makeover envisions space filled with amenities, including walkways, a toddler playground, outdoor exercise equipment, a butterfly garden and more, realized through the generosity of corporate and individual contributions.  Design work was donated by architectural firm EDSA with site work being led by Miller Construction.  The Chest/Back Press donated by Walgreens is designed to build upper-body strength and endurance for teens and adults at all fitness levels. 

“Walgreens has proven its strong commitment to the local community with this donation, said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2.  “It is our hope that more companies will step forward to make a fully-developed Gratigny Plateau Park a reality.” 

“The Gratigny Plateau Park will play a vital role in providing outdoor recreational opportunities for Miami-Dade County residents,” said Roy Ripak, Market Vice President at Walgreens. “We pride ourselves in giving back to the community while helping people live healthier, happier lives. This community endeavor will serve as inspiration for people to get, stay and live well." 

Designed to resemble a flower signaling new life for the community, the Gratigny Plateau Park development is part of the television station’s “Making a Difference” series.  The park’s progress can be tracked at

Donations to Gratigny Plateau Park can be made at or by utilizing Connect2Give, a mobile giving tool.  Text the word “Parks Local10” to 501501 to donate $10.  The amount is billed directly to the donor’s phone bill.  For more information on Gratigny Plateau Park giving opportunities, contact Victoria Mallette at 305-755-7804 or

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,206 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country. 

About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s effort 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.  For more information, visit