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For Immediate Release:
July 05, 2012

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Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Opens Naranja Park Pool July 13

Enhanced Learn-to-Swim classes and new splash playground with tube slide add aquatic excitement to community.

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Families are invited to wear their swimsuits and join the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss on Friday, July 13, 2012 as they celebrate the grand opening of the newly updated community pool at Naranja Park, 14150 SW 264 St., Miami.  The opening ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m.

"This community has been given an incredible gift," said Commissioner Moss. "With the summer heat upon us, this first class pool couldn't have opened at a better time."

This new development is another great example of the implementation of the Miami-Dade Parks Master Plan Mission to connect people and parks for life. The swimming pool and pool building both received extensive renovations.  The 5,545-square-foot swimming pool and pool deck were resurfaced, and the pool was outfitted with a new pump and filtration system, as well as a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved pool lift and Aqua Trek Ladder for people with disabilities.  The new showpiece of the improved pool is a 1,552-square-foot splash playground that features a tube slide, dancing floor jets, water cannons, and other assorted sprinklers.  There are also new lifeguard chairs, new shaded bleachers, and new "funbrellas" that will add shade to the pool deck and splash playground. The pool building was reconstructed with updated shower and locker rooms, and staff offices.  The entire facility is ADA accessible.

The improvement project is a product of Miami-Dade Parks' Design and Build Team in conjunction with the architectural and engineering firm Corzo, Castella, Carballa, Thompson, Salman, P.A. (C3TS) and JRT Construction Company. The cost to complete this project was $2,257,800, with funding from the Building Better Communities Bond Program, the Safe Neighborhood Parks Program and the Quality Neighborhood Improvements Program.

"These new pool facilities will offer residents fun, physical activities like swimming," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  "With Miami-Dade Parks' Learn-to-Swim classes at this facility and pools countywide, children and adults have a great opportunity to take the plunge and enjoy a swim in the pool this summer."

The pool is seasonal, open during the ten-week summer program and is accessible to all with a pool lift.  Public access is offered from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Pool admission is $1.50 for children, adults, and seniors. Morning and afternoon Learn-to-Swim classes are taught by certified water safety instructors for adults and children as young as 2 years old. For pool information call 305-257-0404.

The 10-acre Naranja Park also contains a baseball/softball field, a multi-purpose soccer/football field, basketball courts, a recreation center, and a children's playground. The park also offers facility rentals; as well as Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps, and Out-of-School programs for children.  For more information contact the Naranja Park office at 305-258-1945 or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

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.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.


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