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For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto Make Way For a Future Improvement Project at Ruben Dario Park

(MIAMI, March 11, 2014) — The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier D. Souto, invite residents to join them at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 15, 2014, as they announce an upcoming improvement project at Ruben Dario Park, 9825 W. Flagler Street, Miami. The ceremonies will unveil signage to mark this designation. 

The preliminary improvement plan for the park includes new entrance-roadway lighting, access control fencing, a park sign, and six new benches at Ruben Dario Memorial Plaza. 

“Vibrant parks reflect a vibrant community. This planned development for Ruben Dario Park is a great example of how our Parks Department is working to enhance Miami-Dade County’s livability through the beautification and revitalization of our parks and open spaces,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“I am thrilled to see this project in the works.  These are necessary improvements that will help us sustain this park as a focal point for neighborhood recreation for years to come,” said Commissioner Souto. 

“Ruben Dario Park serves the leisure needs of this growing community and this development project improves its capacity to help residents enjoy memorable experiences at the park,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.  

The budgeted cost for this project is $225,000.  Funding will be provided by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program, a Community Development Block Grant and Park Impact Fees.

Current amenities at the 15-acre park include two tennis courts, racquetball facilities, a recreation center, a picnic shelter, and four basketball courts.  

For directions and information about Ruben Dario Park visit or call 305-222-2194.

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

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