Miami-Dade Parks and Aktion Parks break ground on South Florida's first Watersports Complex
(MIAMI, July 3, 2014) — The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department has partnered with Aktion Parks, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, sister company to Nautique Boats, for the development of South Florida’s first-ever watersports cable park. The groundbreaking for the new cable towers and beachfront at the Miami Watersports Complex (MWC) at Amelia Earhart Park, located in Hialeah at 401 E. 65th Street, took place on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Completion is scheduled for October 2014.
The new complex is expected to draw wakeboarding enthusiasts, professional competitors and world-renowned competitions to Miami. The park will be situated on Amelia’s 90-acre fresh water lake that will be equipped with two full-size cables and two tower cables (which will be dedicated to Aktion Park’s renowned “Get Up Guarantee” program). Currently the park offers wakeboarding lessons for all ages and abilities behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23 wake sport boat, the official towboat of the U.S.A. Wakesurf National Championships.
“The Aktion Parks team is thrilled to move forward in partnership with Miami-Dade County Parks on the Miami Watersports Complex, and the ground-breaking ceremony is the first milestone of many to come. We are truly excited to have the opportunity to introduce watersports to the diverse population living in and visiting South Florida,” stated Correct Craft President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “MWC is the second of many new cable parks Aktion will be announcing in the years ahead; we are excited about the future!”
Motivated and friendly champion coaches provide lessons in wakeboarding, wake surfing, waterskiing, and kneeboarding at Amelia Earhart Park. Beginners can enjoy the comfort of coaches riding alongside them, while providing instruction, and more advanced riders can be coached to progress and improve their riding skills and technique. Coaches are certified in First Aid and have lifeguard training. All equipment is provided to customers on site. Enthusiasts or first-time learners may call 305-476-WAKE (9253) for reservations and pricing.
“This is an exciting venture, because it’s bringing yet another internationally popular sport to Miami,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. “The beauty of this opportunity is that wakeboarding attracts serious competitors, events, sponsors, and spectators from around the world, but it’s also a lifelong sport that Miami residents of all ages can enjoy, and the Miami Watersports Complex will be offering the classes, training and equipment for all to learn and enjoy the sport. It’s another unique form of recreation for fitness and fun that Miami-Dade Parks is bringing to Miami-Dade County through the action sports park that Amelia Earhart Park has evolved into.”
Amelia Earhart Park also offers park users rugged mountain-bike trails with mountain bikes available for rent. In addition, the park features the renowned Soccer 5 mini-soccer complex providing a revolutionary small-sided game on enclosed 4G turf fields.
About Aktion Parks:
Aktion Parks delivers customers an active watersports lifestyle that is safe, healthy, family friendly, and environmentally conscious. Aktion Parks owns and operates Miami Watersports Complex and Orlando Watersports Complex, one of the first cable wakeboard parks in the U.S. and one of the most well-known parks in the world. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aktionparks.
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/. It is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.