(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County Chairwoman and District 6 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Coral Villas Park (6398 SW 35 St., Miami) for the dedication of the park's new playground. The event will include the unveiling of a memorial bench honoring the late Ray and Ruth Gibbons, the original homesteaders of the park land from 1947 to 2005. There will also be free popcorn and a kids' bounce house.
"This new playground is a great example of Miami-Dade County's commitment to developing more public parks and green spaces that will help improve the quality of life for our citizens and help build sustainable communities," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
"Parks with playgrounds are an integral part of neighborhood living," said Commissioner Sosa. "This new playground will provide this community's children with a safe place to socialize and enjoy outdoor playtime."
"Playgrounds like this make physical fitness fun for kids," said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. "If we can inspire kids to start exercising at an early age then they will learn to develop a healthier lifestyle for rest of their lives."
The new 3,800-square-foot playground is designed for children ages 2-12 and features the popular EvosÂ® play system equipment with overhead ladders, steppers, slides, gliders, swings and a Dino Climber, manufactured by Landscape Services Inc. The play area includes two shade structures and an artificial turf surface for ADA accessibility. Improvements included fencing, paved walkways, ground landscaping and shade trees. Future funded development for the park will include solar lighting for the walkways.
The cost for these improvements was $368,800, with funding provided by the Quality Neighborhood Improvements Program and park impact fees. The project is a product of Miami-Dade County Parks Design and Build Team, working in conjunction with Wrangler Construction on the site development and HG Construction on the playground component.
For directions to Coral Villas Park visit www.miamidade.gov/parks or call 305-226-8316 (Tropical Park).
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 12,825 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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