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For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata Dedicate New Playground at Wild Lime Park

Saturday, March 2nd at 10 a.m.


The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata invite the public to join them at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, as they dedicate the new playground at Wild Lime Park, 14751 Hammocks Boulevard, Miami.

“This new playground represents Miami-Dade County's commitment to expanding our public park spaces so that our youngest residents can enjoy more outdoor recreational opportunities and a better quality of life,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“I am excited to unveil this terrific new playground for the children of our West Kendall community to enjoy,” said Commissioner Zapata. “This park enhancement provides another energetic and fun-filled place for their enjoyment.” According to Commissioner Zapata, “We must start early in our efforts to combat childhood obesity and find a way to set aside some time every day to get our children outdoors and away from the television and other portable electronic devices. This lifestyle goes a long way in establishing a lifetime of healthy habits”.

“Playgrounds like this encourage neighborhood kids to have fun, make friends and play actively outdoors,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “By developing these health-minded habits at an early age they are learning to be healthy and fit for life.”

The park's new 3,400-square-foot playground features a wide array of challenging play activities for children ages 2-12 from overhead ladders and climbers to steppers and swings. The play area has an artificial turf surface for ADA accessibility and is covered by a 50' x 65' shade canopy. Other amenities at this 12-acre park include two lighted soccer fields, a recreation and youth league field center, a walking path and parking.

The project is a product of Miami-Dade Parks' in-house design team, in conjunction with general contractor DW Recreation Services Inc. Funding totaled $208,000 and was provided by Park Improvement Impact Fees.

For directions to Wild Lime Park visit www.miamidade.gov/parks or call the park's region office at 786-315-5252.

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 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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