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For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2012

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime to Host Seniors Program Kick-Off at Gwen Cherry Park on September 17 at 10 a.m.

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime, together with partners Urban Strategies, Jesse Trice Community Health Center, and the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation invite residents age 55 and older to join them at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012 as they host the "Energetic and Engaged" Seniors Program kick-off celebration at Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami.  The event is free and will include raffles, refreshments, blood pressure and glucose checks, fitness instruction, arts and crafts, table games, computer access and more.

"It's a great opportunity for area seniors to have fun, mingle and experience some of the park's new recreational programs designed to help seniors become more active and fit," said Commissioner Monestime.

Named after Gwendolyn Cherry, the first African-American woman elected to the Florida Legislature, the 38.5-acre Gwen Cherry Park has a recreational pool, a splash island; tennis and basketball courts; fields for softball, baseball and football; a track; a concession building; stadium bleachers; and sports lighting throughout the facilities. The park is also the home of the National Football League (NFL) Youth Educational Town (Y.E.T.) Center, where children can register for sports programs and after-school activities.

For more information about this event and activities and programs for seniors and children at Gwen Cherry Park, call 305-694-4889, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

About the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation: The Gwen Cherry Park Foundation is the fundraising arm for the NFL Youth Education Town (YET) located on Gwen Cherry Park. The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support to the academic, health, cultural, social, and athletic programming at the YET Miami. The Foundation's long term goal is to fully fund an endowment to guarantee adequate funding for YET Miami programming in perpetuity. The Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Mr. H. T. Smith is the Foundation's Board Chairman. For more information visit Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, Inc. For more information about this event and activities and programs for seniors and children at Gwen Cherry Park, call 305-694-4889, or visit Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, Inc.

About the Parks, Recreation & 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 more information please visit Miami-Dade Parks.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 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.  For more information visit the Parks Foundation.

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