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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Skyward Kites Present 20th Annual ''Kite Day'' at Haulover Park on February 17

More than 10,000 visitors attend this seaside kiting celebration each year!


Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies over Haulover Park on Sunday, February 17, 2013, from 12-5 p.m., for the park's 20th annual "Kite Day," presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites.  This year's event will spotlight "Kites of the Caribbean"-an exhibit by local kite makers representing the styles and traditions of Caribbean kite flyers from such countries as Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad.  Visitors will see a returning display of colossal kites, including a 150-foot rainbow, a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot scuba man and a 30-foot "Nemo" fish.  The family-style event will also feature FREE kite competitions and kite-building classes for all ages, as well as music, food and refreshments available for purchase. 

Event-goers are encouraged to come out to fly their kites, attend a kite-making class and make their own paper kites for free. Kites will also, be available for purchase, starting at $5. Kite competitions will include prizes for the best homemade kites, highest flying kites, prettiest kites, and kites with the longest tails. Those who may just want to sit and watch the festivities may bring a blanket. Shoes with socks are recommended for running around on the grassy field. 

Haulover Park is located at 10800 Collins Ave., Miami.  Festival admission is FREE. Parking is $6. For more information about Kite Day and other kiting activities at Haulover Park, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites, 305-893-0906. For directions and information about Haulover Park, visit www.miamidade.gov/parks or call 305-947-3525. 

About Skyward Kites
Recognized as one of the best places for people to fly kites in South Florida, the open space and fresh ocean breezes of Haulover Park make it the ideal location for Skyward Kites.  Skyward Kites' kite shop has operated out of Haulover Park for nearly 20 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, from diamonds and deltas to Para-foils and box varieties.  They are open 364-days a year (Closed Christmas Day), from 10 a.m. till sunset, with free parking for kite shop patrons.  They offer kiting activities year-round, including kiting parties for birthdays or any occasion. Skyward Kites, a partner-vendor of Miami-Dade County Parks, is just one example of the variety of programs and activities offered throughout the diverse Miami-Dade County Parks system.

About the Miami-Dade County 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 County 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 Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/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 on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.parksfoundationofmiami-dade.com.

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