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News & Events
Bug Vs Wild: The Circle Continues
Students from TERRA Environmental Research Institute (TERRA), in partnership with State Farm Youth Advisory Board, Miami-Dade Parks’ Natural Areas Management (NAM), and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Invasive Plant Research Laboratory (USDA, released hundreds of Lilioceris Cheni (Lili) beetles into Kendall Indian Hammocks Natural Areas as part of the ongoing bio-control project to combat the invasive Air Potato vine that is plaguing South Florida landscapes and destroying native plant vegetation.
The ceremonial beetle release took place on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the nature trails at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park.
- Check out the video below to learn more about the Air Potato Control Project.
TOCA Event Design & Production donates $10,000 to Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade for Sea Turtle Conservation Program
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade received a $10,000 donation from TOCA Event Design & Production (TOCA) for Miami-Dade Parks’ Sea Turtle Awareness and Conservation Program. A check presentation ceremony with representatives from TOCA, Miami-Dade Parks, and the Parks Foundation was held Thursday, November 6 at 2 p.m. on the beach at Haulover Park & Marina.
2013 Parks Foundation Annual Report
Together with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and the support of corporations, volunteers and individuals, the Parks Foundation is able to provide new opportunities for residents to stay healthy and fit; create, sustain and enhance beautiful places; and preserve our natural resources.
Parks Foundation awarded Florida Recreation and Park Association's (FRPA) Corporate Support Award
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 benefiting Miami-Dade parks and parks programming.
Parks Foundation Board President Dick Anderson was presented with the award during FRPA’s Annual Conference Awards Banquet, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando.
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade Receives $200,000 towards a Miracle League Field
Florida State Representative Jose Felix Diaz and the Marlins Foundation presented contributions to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade for The Miracle League of Miami-Dade. A check presentation was held Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at the start of the Marlins vs. Braves game at Marlins Park.
During the 2014 Legislative Session in Tallahassee, State Representative Diaz led the charge for $150,000 to be allocated for the construction of a Miracle League field with the Miami Dade Parks Department. In addition, the Marlins Foundation contributed $50,000 from proceeds from the Inaugural Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic held earlier this year at the Crandon Golf Course on Key Biscayne.
The Parks Foundation Receives a $5,300 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is proud to announce that it has received a $5,300 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for the purchase of two adult hand-cycles and a recumbent bike to support Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services’ Hand-cycling Program – Hand-cycles for All.
The award was one of 73 grants totaling over $537,550 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
Gratigny Plateau Park celebrates its grand opening with a Community Block Party
After two years of planning, fundraising and construction, an extreme park makeover at Gratigny Plateau Park, made possible through a unique public-private sector partnership, was celebrated on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., with a community block party marking the grand opening of this quaint, neighborhood park.
Designed to resemble a flower signaling new life for a community in need, Gratigny Plateau Park, located at 885 NW 117 Street, boasts new walking paths, fitness stations, a toddler playground, benches, and a butterfly garden providing area residents new opportunities for recreation. Local 10 Anchor Calvin Hughes and the Local 10 News Team reported live during the ceremony.
Parks Foundation chosen as a partner of the National Inclusion Project
The National Inclusion Project has partnered for one year with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade to implement Let’s All Play Inclusion in Miami-Dade Parks’ recreational programs.
The National Inclusion Project provided for two Miami-Dade Parks’ recreation specialists to attend their annual conference at their facility earlier this year, and in the Fall will provide a program model and expertise training to all Miami-Dade Parks’ after-school and summer camp recreation specialists to incorporate into Miami-Dade Parks’ children’s programs.
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The GreenLink, is an initiative to transform the land underneath Metrorail into a contiguous 10-mile walking/biking/exercise path and linear park, from Brickell Station to Dadeland South Station. The Parks Foundation's Brickell Promenade project is just one component of the GreenLink.
Bug vs. Wild: Air Potato Vine-Eating Beetle to be reared in first ever Student-Run Lab
The only student-run beetle-rearing lab facility in the United States was unveiled today by students and faculty at the TERRA Environmental Research Institute (TERRA), together with Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto, and representatives from State Farm and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.
The Lilioceris cheni (Lili) will be bred, and later released, to combat the invasive exotic Air Potato vine plaguing parks and neighborhood yards throughout South Florida and the state. The project is made possible by a $31,240 grant from State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.
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