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For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime to unveil plans for a future Community Park


(MIAMI, July 14, 2014) —  Residents in Miami-Dade’s Twin Lakes area are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the intersection of NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue, as they unveil a proposed general plan for the  future Twin Lakes Park.  

The future park will consist of three parcels of land totaling 3.7 acres, which will be acquired at no cost through Miami-Dade County’s Public Housing and Community Development Department.  The park will be acquired and developed in two phases.  Phase one includes the acquisition of the most northern 2.2 acre land parcel at NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue; and the construction of amenities, such as a walking path, a picnic pavilion, a playground, a fitness area, shade trees, benches, and a park sign.  The later-half of this phase includes the development of a sidewalk along the NW 12 Avenue right-of-way, lined by shade trees. Phase two includes the acquisition of two adjoining parcels totaling 1.5 acres along NW 12 Avenue and the addition of similar passive and active recreational amenities.

Funding for the development of this new park will be provided by Building Better Communities (BBC) General Obligation Bonds (GOB) and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

“The green infrastructure planned for Twin Lakes Park brings people outdoors and is an investment in the health and well-being of residents,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “We look forward to seeing more great progress in the development of this future Miami-Dade park.” 

“This new park is in line with my vision and my commitment to create more green space for the residents of my District.  I am proud that we have been able to create the first new park in District 2 in years.  I appreciate the support and cooperation that I have received from the Mayor’s office, and from Parks and Open Spaces, Public Housing and Community Development, and the Public Works and Waste Management Departments,” said Commissioner Monestime. “ 

“We are very pleased with the development plan for the new Twin Lakes Park. This project represents our commitment to build parks that beautify neighborhoods, creating a sense of place where people can recreate, benefit from nature and feel a sense of community,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

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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