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For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks and District 12 Commissioner Jose ''Pepe'' Diaz Will Dedicate New Skate Park and Basketball Courts at North Trail Park on April 6th at 12 p.m.

This event coincides with District 12’s annual Spring Festival that starts at 11 a.m. and includes free food, live entertainment, bounce houses, an Easter egg hunt and more!

Join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz on Saturday, April 6, 2013, for the dedication of the new skate park and new basketball courts at North Trail Park, 780 NW 127 Avenue, Miami. The event will be held in conjunction with Commissioner Diaz's annual District 12 Spring Festival and kicks-off with a 12:00 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony; followed by a host of free activities for families until 3:00 p.m. There will be free food, live entertainment, games, bounce houses, face-painting, and more. Kids are encouraged to bring along their Easter basket for an egg hunt that starts at 12:30 p.m.

In addition, Miami-Dade County departments, including Parks, Fire Rescue, Fire Venom Unit, Police, Canine Unit, Corrections, Elections, Library, Solid Waste, and Commissioner Diaz's own mobile office will be on hand to assist residents with information on community services. Event parking will be available at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 12800 NW 6th Street, Miami.

“This new skateboard park fills a recreational need for children and the young at heart that have a passion and interest in skateboarding,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “As we continue to make great strides in revitalizing our parks and green spaces, we are making a positive difference in the lives of residents in our community.”

“I encourage District 12 residents to come out and enjoy these fun, festival activities and see this new state-of-the-art skateboard facility. It is truly a recreational centerpiece for this neighborhood park,” said Commissioner Diaz. “Park spaces like this are a great way to inspire kids to find a form of exercise they can excel at and continue to be active.”

“Action sports such as skateboarding are great fun and promote physical fitness,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. This new skate park is another great example of how the Parks and Open Space Master Plan is providing this community's residents and their children with more recreational amenities for their enjoyment and well-being.”

This marks the fifth skateboard facility in the Miami-Dade Parks system. The new skate park consists of a 120' x 120' concrete skate court plaza manufactured by Spohn Ranch Skateparks, equipped with skateboarding fixtures and covered spectator bleachers. The park also received new basketball courts, as well as new high-efficiency sports lighting and 178 new parking spaces. The project was funded with $1,081,500 from the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program.

Miami-Dade Parks' other skateboard facilities include Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, South Dade Park, Westwind Lakes Park, and Country Village Park--the County's first skate park, opened in July 2009.

The 14-acre North Trail Park also has a recreation center, a playground, a walking path, a soccer field, and courts for playing tennis, volleyball and basketball. The park also offers facility rentals and a wide variety of recreational activities and programs for residents, including Miami-Dade Parks “Fit2Play: Health, Wellness and Obesity Prevention” Out-of-School program and its “Fit2 Play, Green It Up” Summer Camps for kids. For more information about this park, call (305) 207-2420, or visit

Commissioner Diaz's annual District 12 Spring Festival is made possible through the sponsorship of the Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Comcast, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Florida East Coast Industries, Flagler Development, Tropical Ice LLC, and Battlefield Live. For more information about the District 12 Spring Festival contact Olga Hernandez-Fulgueira at (305) 599-1200.

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

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   . 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.