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

Miami-Dade County Parks And Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata to Open New Playground and Picnic Facilities at Eden Lakes Park on Saturday, September 21 at 10 a.m.

Come join the festivities and lend a hand with the planting of 27 new trees provided by the Million Trees Miami Program

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 Eden Lakes Park at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013, as they cut the ribbon to officially open the park’s new playground and picnic facilities. The festivities will include the planting of 27 new trees, courtesy of the Million Trees Miami program. All are invited to lend a hand and assist with mulching and raking around the planting site. 

The 10-acre Eden Lakes Park, located at 4751 SW 162 Ave., Miami, now has a new 3,800-square-foot Evos®/Weevos® play systems playground by Landscape Structures, Inc. The playground equipment is designed for kids ages 2-12 and features a combination of climbers, slides, play panels, and a sandbox. The entire site is covered by an artificial turf surface and all of the play components are 100 percent ground-level accessible for inclusive play. Added amenities around the new playground include benches, a large canvas sail canopy and flowering trees to shade the site.

The park has also added three covered picnic pavilions (25-feet by 25-feet each), three barbeque grilling areas and connecting concrete walkways. 

“Eden Lakes Park is on its way to becoming another great addition to our award-winning parks system.  I continue to be impressed by the commitment of our Parks Department and the Million Trees Miami program to improve recreation and open spaces in this community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. 

“This park is another step in transforming our community into one that is recognized for its parks, fun families, friendly neighbors, and fit residents. As gatekeepers of the Everglades we challenge ourselves to take on the Million Tree’s Miami-Dade Campaign which will take us closer to our goal of one million trees planted,” said Commissioner Zapata.

“With these new park amenities now available, I encourage neighborhood residents and visitors to come and enjoy a day outdoors in the park,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.  

The new playground and picnic facilities are a product of Miami-Dade Parks’ in-house design team, in conjunction with general contractors DW Recreation Services Inc. Funding totaled $635,000 and was provided by the Building Better Communities Bond Program. 

For directions and information about facility rentals at Eden Lakes Park visit  or call 305-207-1644 (Bird Lakes Park).  

About Million Trees Miami:

The Million Trees Miami campaign is a project managed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board under the leadership of Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss (District 9). Million Trees Miami was born of the idea that trees are good, and we need more of them. In 2006, Miami-Dade County adopted the Street Tree Master Plan which set the ambitious goal of achieving 30% tree canopy by 2020, the national average for a metropolitan area to receive the benefits that a healthy urban tree canopy provides.  In order to reach this goal, we need everyone to participate in the reforestation. Million Trees Miami planting events are free and open to anyone interested in planting trees.  For more information, visit 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and 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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