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For Immediate Release:
January 15, 2015
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

''Kite Day'' returns for its 23rd season at Haulover Beach Park on February 15


(MIAMI, January 15, 2015) - A sea of kites will be soaring in the skies over Haulover Beach Park, on Sunday, February 15, 2015, from 12 p.m. –  5 p.m., for the park’s 23rd annual “Kite Day.” This family-style event, presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Skyward Kites, will feature free kiting activities for all ages, such as kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations and all sorts of kite competitions.  Expect to see a return of the “monster kites”, including a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot scuba man, a 30-foot “Nemo” fish, and more.  There will also be food and refreshments for purchase and a live concert by Miami Country Day School’s “21 Hearts, 1 Beat” Rock Ensemble.  Event admission is free and parking is $7.

Prize categories for the kite competitions run the gamut from the highest-flying and most-unusual kites to the best homemade kite and the kite with the longest tail. There is no limit to the size or type of kites. Traditional kites of other countries are welcome, as a way to celebrate the unique cultural diversity of South Florida.  Folks have the option of bringing their favorite kite from home, making one at the event for free, or purchasing an already-made kite at the on-site kite store. There is no cost to participate in the kite competitions and registration is on-site.
Kite Day patrons are advised that glass bottles and pets will not be allowed. Shoes with socks are recommended for individuals participating in open field activities. Those who prefer to sit and watch the festivities may bring along a blanket.

Haulover Beach Park is located at 10800 Collins Ave., Miami.  For more information about Kite Day, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites, 305-893-0906. For the park office, call 305-947-3525.

To stay up to date on all future events visit www.miamidade.gov/parks; like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/miamidadeparks; and follow us on Twitter @miamidadeparks. You can also see past events on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/miamidadeparks

About Skyward Kites:
Recognized as one of the best places for people to fly kites in South Florida, the open space and fresh ocean breezes of Haulover Park make it the ideal location for Skyward Kites.  Skyward Kites’ kite shop has operated out of Haulover Park for 23 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, from diamonds and deltas to Para-foils and box varieties.  They are open 364-days a year (Closed Christmas Day), from 10 a.m. till sunset, with free parking for kite shop patrons.  They offer kiting activities year-round, including kiting parties for birthdays or any occasion. Skyward Kites, a partner-vendor of Miami-Dade County Parks, is just one example of the variety of programs and activities offered throughout the diverse Miami-Dade County Parks system.

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 active older adults 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 Miami 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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