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For Immediate Release:
May 03, 2013
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Suzy Trutie

Doris Howe


Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department Honored by Florida Sterling Council with 2013 Sustained Excellence Award

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDPROS) was honored with Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Sterling Council's prestigious Sustained Excellence Award for 2013 during the Governor's Sterling Award Banquet at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes on May 31, 2013.

"We are both honored and proud that the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDPROS) has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Governor's Sustained Excellence Award," said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "MDPROS is a shining example of government doing its job the right way. Not only have we proven our ability to deliver high-quality public services to our residents, but we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon our past successes and serve our residents even better."

Said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys, "The economic difficulties of the past few years have affected everyone, and what we have learned is that an organization's ability to weather this storm has much to do with the management systems it has in place. Miami-Dade Parks is resilient today, because of our commitment to the Sterling process. It has enabled us to be flexible and nimble, and to stay disciplined and focused on our customers. We are very excited to have won this award."

2013 Governor's Sustained Excellence Award Recipient
This award is an annual award to recognize Florida organizations that have previously received the Governor's Sterling Award and are sustaining excellent results, continuing to pursue systematic performance improvement.  MDPROS won the Governor's Sterling Award in 2009.

About the Governor's Sterling Award
Established in 1992, the Florida Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. Sterling's Annual Conference is exclusively designed to teach participants how to elevate performance and increase productivity. Nearly 500 executives and professionals gather at this event for a one-stop source for education, information and inspiration. The conference concludes with the recognition of best practices, the Team Showcase Champion, and the presentation of the Governor's Sterling Awards, the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. For more information, contact John Pieno at (850) 922-5316 or visit  

Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (Miami) operates a large urban park system, managing 260 park properties comprised of active and passive parks, as well as protected, environmentally sensitive properties, serving 2.5 million residents and 1.1 million residents for the unincorporated area.  Customer satisfaction scores have continued to improve. For example, the general population's overall satisfaction with the summer camp for children increased from 4.40 to 4.55, and overall satisfaction of parents increased from 4.75 to 4.95 on a scale of 5.0. As the Department progresses toward its self-sustaining business model, the percentage of operational budget supported by user fees has increased from 36 percent in Fiscal Year 2008 to 40 percent in Fiscal Year 2012, exceeding the Florida Benchmarking Consortium average of 32 percent. Expenditures decreased from $129.6 million in Fiscal Year 2008 to $111.2 million in Fiscal Year 2012. Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces was the recipient of the 2009 Governor's Sterling Award, and they are now the first county department to be recognized with the Governor's Sustained Excellence Award.

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

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