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For Immediate Release:
June 07, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss to Dedicate the New Domino Park, followed by a Recognition of the State Champion Sycamore Fig Tree at West Perrine

Park Monday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m.


The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss invite the public to join them at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013, as they dedicate the new Domino Park at 10202 SW 172 Street, Miami.

The 5,460-square-foot, former residential lot, with its large Royal Poinciana tree, had long been the spot where neighbors would regularly set up make-shift tables and chairs and play dominos and checkers. The recently redeveloped park now contains seven (7) new sets of permanent domino/checker picnic tables with seats.  The three checkers tables have embossed game board tops and the four domino tables have metal tops with convenient sections for holding each player's dominos. The tables and seats are fixed to the concrete floor and are made of recycled plastic.  Shade is provided by a new pair of cantilevered fabric canopies (20-feet by 20-feet each), manufactured by Cool Shades.

The park also has a new steel picket perimeter fence, two new park signs, new landscaping and new concrete paving that connects to the street and sidewalks. As part of this project the sidewalk along the perimeter of the park was replaced and the intersection of 102 Avenue and 172 Street was resurfaced and restriped to include two parking stalls along 102 Avenue in front of the park.

Domino Park's development is a product of Miami-Dade Parks' in-house design team, in conjunction with construction contractor Shasa Engineering Corporation. Funding for the new park facilities totaled $270,000 and was provided by the Building Better Communities Bond Program, Community Development Block Grant and Impact Fees.

Following the dedication ceremonies at Domino Park  the public is invited to join Miami-Dade Parks and Commissioner Moss at the nearby West Perrine Park (10301 SW 170 Terrace, Miami), as they will dedicate the park's long-standing Sycamore Fig tree at 11:00 a.m.  The Sycamore Fig tree stands 80 feet tall, has a trunk that is 8 feet in diameter and a crown spread of more than 110 feet.  In 2009, the State Division of Forestry (now Florida Forest Service) declared the tree a "State Champion."

"Our County Parks Department is to be commended for its efforts in helping us build a more livable and sustainable community. These parks are shining examples of our shared commitment to providing outstanding recreational amenities to Miami-Dade County residents," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

"These are certainly parks to be proud of.  I am thrilled that neighborhood families have such beautiful and functional parks just steps away from their homes," said Commissioner Moss.

"It's wonderful to be able to develop parks that build neighborhood pride and provide neighbors with a place to socialize, relax with nature and participate in recreational activities that they enjoy," said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

For directions to Domino Park visit www.miamidade.gov/parks or call 305-235-2053 (West Perrrine Park.) 

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.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation.

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