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For Immediate Release:
November 02, 2012

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks to Host Free Paralympic Experience for Children and Adults with Disabilities

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as a Paralympics Sport Club, in conjunction with several of its local Paralympic partners, including the City of Miami Parks, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, CCDH-All Children Together, Shake-A-Leg, and Jackson Memorial Hospital, will present a one-day Paralympic Experience event on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami.  As part of the festivities, children and adults with physical and visual disabilities will learn about and engage in adapted sports activities that include kayaking, wheelchair basketball and tennis, tandem biking, hand-cycling, Goalball, horseback-riding, and more.  The event, being hosted by the Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services Division, is open to persons with visual or physical disabilities and their families and admission is free.

"We invite families who have a child with a physical and/or visual disability to come out and experience these thrilling adapted sports activities together," said Lucy Binhack manager of the Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services Division. "By inspiring children and adults with disabilities in this way, they are learning how to become more active and social, so they can improve their physical strength and well-being."

The Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services division promotes the involvement of persons with disabilities in all Miami-Dade County park services.  As both a Paralympic Sports Club and BlazeSports Club they train persons with physical and visual impairments in recreational and competitive adaptive sports.  The Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services Division is among more than 150 Paralympics Sport Club communities across the United States that host Paralympic Experience events.

Advance registration is required for the Paralympic Experience event at Tropical Park. To register online visit: For more information about Miami-Dade County Parks' Paralympic Experience and Miami-Dade County Parks' Disability Services programs for individuals with disabilities, the public can call Mayra Santana at 305-755-7848.  For directions to Tropical Park, call 305-226-8316, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.
About the Miami-Dade County 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 County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 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 Miami-Dade County Parks or call 3-1-1.

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.

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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