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For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2012

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Edith Torres


Paciencia Park to Receive Trees and Park Bench from Success of Somi Events

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Following the success of last year's SoMi Talk of the Town and SoMi Taste of the Town events, The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, in conjunction with the City of South Miami and the Community Image Advisory Board and its Million Trees Miami Project, is pleased to announce the installation of trees and a park bench at Paciencia Park during an official tree planting ceremony, Friday, June 1, 10 a.m. to noon. 

SoMi Taste of the Town and SoMi Talk of the Town were fundraising events where net proceeds from both were to benefit the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Million Trees Miami Project to plant trees at Paciencia Park for the residents and community of the City of South Miami.  The two rooftop parties, co-produced with the help of the Disc Golf Association, featured some of the finest restaurants and boutiques competing for "Best of" in both food and fashion respectively.

Paciencia Park, located at SW 59th Place and SW 72 Street, next to the Metro Rail South Miami Station, became a passive neighborhood park in 2009.  Currently featuring open green areas, shrubs, landscaping, and a walkway, this phase of the project includes the planting of 10 trees and the installation of a park bench to help beautify the park and provide metro rail commuters with a nice place to rest and enjoy. Volunteers interested in participating can contact Angie Gomez, Volunteer Coordinator, at 305-961-2781.

"The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports the Parks' Open Space Master Plan and its vision that great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas, streets, greenways, and trails can form the framework for a more sustainable community," said Allison Diego, Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks.  "The project at Paciencia Park is a perfect example of how trees and park space make a place more inviting and comfortable, and we are delighted to have been able to make this possible in a South Miami park," she added.

"We wish to thank the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the Disc Golf Association, and the Community Image Advisory Board through the Million Trees Miami Project, for producing the SoMi Talk and Taste events promoting our City's businesses, as well as raising funds for the installation of trees in a park residing within our city's limits," said Dr. Hector Mirabile, City Manager for the City of South Miami. 

Benefits of Trees:

  • Trees save energy and reduce storm water runoff by providing shade and cool air as leaves evaporate water
  • Trees increase property values and make communities more appealing
  • Trees improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide & pollutants, as well as producing oxygen

The Million TREES Miami Campaign, developed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB), is currently being implemented as part of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's Master Plan - a 50-year, unifying vision focused on creating a livable, sustainable Miami-Dade County Community.  In 2012, Miami-Dade Parks, which manages 12,825 acres of land and 260 parks, incorporated within its department the Miami-Dade CIAB and the Public Works functions of maintaining rights-of-way, including mowing and landscaping cycles, installation of landscaping, and urban forestry.  The  Department's Master Plan calls for the creation of a seamless parks system and the beautification and greening of the County by establishing scenic vistas, tree-lined streets, lush landscaping in high-traffic areas and popular destinations, and livable neighborhoods that reflect a world class image of Miami-Dade County as a sub-tropical paradise.

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.

About Million Trees Miami Project
Million Trees Miami Project Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a thirty-percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County.  The campaign was developed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board and was born of the idea that a healthy and sustainable urban forest provides significant social, economic, and environmental benefits that foster a high-quality, livable, vibrant, and beautiful community.  In order to reach our urban tree canopy goal of 30%, everyone needs to participate.

The City of South Miami
The City of Pleasant Living is known for its leafy residential neighborhoods, numerous parks and vibrant Downtown filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. South Miami is a great place to live and has much to offer businesses and visitors.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 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 260 parks and 12,825 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 Miami-Dade Parks.

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