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For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. to open two new 'Soccer 5' Fields and break ground for two new lighted Soccer Fields, new Soccer Field Center and other Soccer amenities at Amelia Earhart Park on Saturday

(MIAMI, April 9, 2014) - The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. invite soccer lovers to join them at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, as they dedicate two new lighted Soccer 5 soccer fields at the state-of-the-art ‘Soccer 5’ Soccer Complex at Amelia Earhart Park, located at 401 E. 65 Street in Hialeah.  The event will also feature a groundbreaking for two new lighted soccer fields, a new Soccer Field Center and other soccer amenities. 

“The new soccer fields at Amelia Earhart park show our continued commitment to enhance our parks and open spaces, ensuring that all Miami-Dade County residents have access to the best possible opportunities for sports and recreation,” said Mayor Carlos. A. Gimenez.  “Through our collaboration with Soccer 5 Miami and the work of our Parks Department, these new fields will allow for greater use by soccer enthusiasts in our community.” 

“I am delighted for the youth and families in this soccer-playing community. Sports like soccer encourage people to be active outdoors and promote healthy living for life,” said Commissioner Bovo.

“More soccer improvements are soon to come. This is a good example of how public-private partnerships in developing soccer amenities benefits the community,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.  

The new soccer fields were designed and funded by Soccer 5 Miami, the facility’s operator.  Each field is 135-by-90 feet, comprised of 4G synthetic turf and can accommodate 6-v-6 through 8-v-8 matches.    

The preliminary improvement plan for the future amenities includes two lighted 225-by-360 foot regulation soccer fields with irrigation; connecting walkways; three shaded bleacher pads with seating for 100 persons each; a 2,465 square-foot field center building with a concession stand, and restrooms; a 1,346 square-foot plaza; a 20-by-20 foot picnic shelter with metal roof; two rail wood access control; and two 20-by-20 foot soil mixing areas. Funding of $3.2 million will be provided by “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond and Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program funds. 

Miami-Dade County Parks in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Soccer5 plan to build up to six new fields over time. The Soccer 5 soccer complex at Amelia Earhart Park is the third location for Miami Soccer 5, which operates at Kendall Soccer Park and Tropical Park.  

The Soccer 5 Soccer Complex at Amelia Earhart Park is open Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – midnight.  Programs include:  Kids Academy for children ages three through 12 with experienced Soccer 5 qualified coaches; spring, winter and summer camp opportunities; Soccer 5 League and Tournament participation eligibility for all adult/youth teams; adult field rentals are available at a cost of $120 off-peak and $140 peak rates (approximately $10/person). League and Club discounts are available.  For more information, visit, or call 305-873-8765, email

For directions and information about recreational activities at Amelia Earhart Park visit or call (305) 685-8389.

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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