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For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2014
Media Contact:
Edith Torres

Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade awarded the Florida Recreation and Park Association's (FRPA) Corporate Support Award

Award to be presented to Dick Anderson, Board President of the Parks Foundation, at the FRPA Annual Conference Awards Banquet, August 28 at the Hilton Orlando

(MIAMI, June 27, 2014) — The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is the proud recipient of Florida Recreation and Park Association’s (FRPA) Corporate Support Award for fundraising and development benefitting Miami-Dade parks and parks programming.  Parks Foundation Board President Dick Anderson will be presented the award during FRPA’s Annual Conference Awards Banquet, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando. 

The non-profit, 501(c)3 was founded in 2004, and has worked to foster the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support from corporations, foundations, and individuals independent of government to support Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.  The Parks Foundation has secured scholarship funds, enabling student participation in Fit2Play out-of-school and summer camp programs, provided free learn-to-swim lessons through the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund, and organized and promoted numerous family-oriented special events, including movie nights, music and food festivals, health and wellness-related initiatives, and volunteer service projects which create new generations of park champions and stewards. 

“Parks and park programs, particularly programs that serve children, are essential to every community,” said Anderson.  “Every child deserves access to the safe places, wide open spaces and sense of community that parks and park programs provide.” 

About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is 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

About Miami-Dade 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