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For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan Announce Orange Bowl to Fund $1.2 Million Field Renovation Project for Ives Estates Park

Join them at the park for the groundbreaking at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16.


(MIAMI, April 11, 2014) - The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan will join the Orange Bowl Committee at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 to break ground for a $1.2 million field re-development project for Ives Estates Park, located at 20901 NE 16 Ave., Miami.  Renovations will include the installation of a new multi-purpose sports field with synthetic turf in place of the existing grass field used for community football and soccer games. The new sports field will be officially known as “Orange Bowl Field at Ives Estates Park” and will be designed to accommodate not only football and soccer, but additional turf sports with similar field dimensions, such as rugby and lacrosse. A new electronic scoreboard and new park signage will also be added.    

The park development is collaborative effort by Miami-Dade County Parks’ Project Management and Operations Teams, who will oversee the design, permitting, park activities and community relationships. The Orange Bowl Committee will fund the project through its “Legacy Gift Program” and coordinate the construction phase.

“The new Orange Bowl field at Ives Estate park will honor the tradition of one the most iconic sporting events in South Florida, and shows our continued commitment to provide our residents with the best possible sporting facilities,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “This renovation is made possible through our long-term partnership with the Orange Bowl committee, thus we are grateful to them and to our Parks Department for their ongoing work in making Ives Estate Park a ‘green jewel’ of our parks system.” 

“I couldn’t be happier for residents.  Ives Estates Park has always been an active place for sports and recreation. The field improvements will make a positive impact in the lives of the young athletes and will encourage them to continue playing the sports that they love,” said Commissioner Jordan. 

“We can’t thank the Orange Bowl Committee enough for their gracious donation and partnering to help meet the needs of the people who participate in athletics at this park. The new field will attract a greater range of sports competitions and activities, which will benefit this park and this community for years to come,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

Other amenities at the 94-acre park include a Fitness Zone® exercise area, a playground, two-lighted youth softball fields, and a small recreation building with a covered patio.   

For directions and information about recreational activities at Ives Estates Park visit www.miamidade.gov or call (305) 770-3125 

About the Orange Bowl:

The Orange Bowl is a 348-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl in January. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to www.orangebowl.org. 

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.liveaparklife.org

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