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For Immediate Release:
June 03, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto to Unveil Future Improvement Plan for Banyan Park

(MIAMI, June 3, 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 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, as they announce an upcoming improvement project at Banyan Park, located at SW 30 Street and SW 87 Avenue, Miami.  The ceremonies will unveil signage to mark this designation.

The improvement plan includes the construction of a new stretch of walking path that is approximately 1,115 feet long and eight feet wide, and includes park benches and trash receptacles. The budgeted cost for the improvements is $120,000.  Funding will be provided by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program.

“An important part of building a vibrant and sustainable Miami-Dade County is revitalizing our public parks and open spaces and making them more accessible to residents and visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “As with Banyan Park, our Parks Department continues to make great progress for our community.” 

“I am proud to let residents know that Banyan Park is going to have a new pathway for walking.  This development will certainly increase the appeal and use of this beautiful park,” said Commissioner Souto. 

“We strive to develop health-minded park amenities that residents most enjoy. A walking path, nearly four football fields long, will be a welcomed addition for health-conscious walkers, runners and skaters in the Banyan Park neighborhood,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.  

The 3-acre park contains a variety of native shade trees and a children’s playground. For directions and more information visit or call (305) 223-8769.   

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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