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For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss to celebrate the new facilities at Quail Roost Park and a grand re-opening at Goulds Park this Saturday


 

(MIAMI, February 18, 2014) — 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 for two events on Saturday, February 22, 2014.  They will dedicate the new playground and picnic facilities at 10:00 a.m., at Quail Roost Park, 11336 SW 186 Street, Miami; and at 11:00 a.m., dedicate the grand re-opening of the pool and a new Fitness Zone® at Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 Street, Miami. 

Quail Roost Park’s new 5,500-square-foot playground is designed for children ages 2 – 12 and includes climbers, steppers and swings. The play area is covered by two new shade canopies and also has a new artificial turf surface for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility.

Other new amenities at this 3.1-acre neighborhood park include access-control fencing, five barbeque grilling stations, 10 benches, and a 700 linear foot concrete walkway.  The site is also newly landscaped with 49 Sabal Palms, 30 Live Oak Trees, nine Dahoon Holly Trees, 32 Fire Bush shrubs, and Argentine Bahia sod.

The park development project was completed by general contractors Wrangler Construction, HG Construction and Advanced Recreational Concepts. Funding for the new park amenities totaled $535,000 and was provided by a Community Development Block Grant and Impact Fees.

“I am thrilled to see these new park amenities. Neighborhood parks are essential to the health, well-being and improved quality of life of every resident in Miami-Dade County and these new amenities continue our efforts to create outstanding parks and open spaces for our sustainable future,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“This community is ready to get fit and stay active,” said Commissioner Moss. “These two parks now have recreational opportunities that neighbors of all ages can enjoy.”

“We strive to create memorable park experiences, so that outdoor recreation becomes more a part of everyday neighborhood life.  I encourage residents to come see what these parks have to offer,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.                                                                                                                                  

Gould Park’s existing 50-meter swimming pool and pool building have received extensive renovations. The pool has a new pump and filtration system, as well as a new ADA approved pool lift for people with disabilities. There are also new showers and locker rooms, and the pool and deck have been resurfaced.  A new feature of the improved pool facilities is a new splash pool with “funbrellas” around the pool deck. 

The new Goulds Park Fitness Zone® consists of nine fitness stations that are ADA accessible.  It features a “Leg Press,” a “Cross Country Ski,” a “Pendulum Abs,” a sit-ups bench, two horizontal bars, and an elliptical trainer. Included is a “Chest Press,” a “Lat Pull Down,” a “Vertical Press” and a hand-cycle, which are specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Funding of $110,000 for the Fitness Zone was provided by Miami-Dade County Parks from Park Impact Fees and by the Trust for Public Lands, the result of an ongoing collaboration.

 JRT Construction was the general contractor for the improvement project at Goulds Park. The cost for the new amenities was $2.26 million. Funds were provided by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program (BBC-GOB),  Park Impact Fees, Safe Neighborhood Parks (SNP) Bond Program, and the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP).

 The 30-acre Goulds Park also has a running track, baseball and softball fields, four tennis courts, and three full-size basketball courts with retractable bleachers.

For directions to Quail Roost Park and Goulds Park, call 305-255-2399 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.

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 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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