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For Immediate Release:
April 01, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks and District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata Announce New Facilities for West Kendall District Dog Park

(MIAMI, April 1, 2014) - Families and their dog pals are invited to join Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., as they officially open two new prefabricated shelters for the Dog Park at West Kendall District Park, located at 11255 SW 157 Avenue, Miami.  They will also break ground on a project that will improve the park’s parking area and storm drainage. The celebration includes family-fun activities throughout the day and weekend.

The West Kendall District Park Dog Park will host these special events April 5-6, 2014:

Saturday, April 5

Sunday, April 6

*Appointment is required by calling 3-1-1.

**Appointment is required by e-mailing or leaving a message at (305) 233-9958.   

“Making improvements for the residents and visitors who use County parks improves our quality of life. I commend the Parks Department for their great work at this popular district dog park and its public-private partnership that is helping to build a sustainable future,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. 

“Residents from near and far love bringing their dogs to this park.  I couldn’t be happier with the progress we are seeing here and that which is still to come.  I highly encourage neighbors to join us at the dog park for these special festivities that we have planned for them,” said Commissioner Zapata.

“This dog park is well equipped for dogs and their owners.  Further parking and drainage improvements will serve to enhance these first-class amenities and make this park more accessible,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

The new 20- by 20-foot shelters are open-sided and topped by a metal roof, providing dog park visitors with nearby cover to get out of the rain or sun.  The site also has new connecting walkways. 

The parking area will soon receive a new entrance drive and 27 additional parking spaces. Drainage improvements will be made in the dog recreation areas to eliminate ponding when it rains heavily. 

Miami-Dade County Parks’ Design and Build Team completed the shelter improvement project with the help of vendors Polygon and Rep Services and construction contractor H. G. Construction Inc. They will work with Kaylas Contractors to complete the parking and drainage improvements. 

The “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program and Park Impact Fees provided funding for this park improvement effort, totaling $150,000. 

West Kendall District Park includes the 6.5-acre dog park. The dog park contains separate fenced-in play areas for small and large dogs, “doggie” play equipment and comfort stations with drinking fountains and a water sprayer, as well as bag dispensers and waste baskets for dog owners to clean up after their pets. This location also includes an 18- by 38-foot shade canopy, benches, picnic areas, public restrooms, parking, and walkways that are ADA accessible.

For directions to the event, call Wild Lime Park at (305) 386-0227 or Commissioner Zapata’s office at (305) 375-5111.  

For more information about West Kendall District Park, visit Miami-Dade Parks on the web at

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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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