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The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade understands the important role park systems play in a community, and is committed to ensuring Miami-Dade’s park facilities, programming and connections provide a world-class experience for residents and visitors. Behind every great community is a great park system. We invite you to support our cause and ensure that our park system thrives for this and future generations.

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Thank you for your support on Give Miami Day!

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade would like to thank you for your support on Give Miami Day.  We received 61 gifts totaling $6550.  Thanks to your generous gift, we will continue to support park conservation, capital improvements, tree plantings, and expanded recreational programming efforts, including programs for children, fitness activities for active older adults, and free swimming lessons for underserved children in Miami-Dade County Parks.

We appreciate your generosity and thank you for helping us make history on Give Miami Day 2015.

Public meetings to present design proposals for The Underline

Learn the latest about The Underline, the proposed 10-mile stretch of biking and pedestrian trails and park spaces located beneath Metrorail. Design proposals of two demonstration projects in the areas of Brickell and the University of Miami will be presented. The public meeting will be November 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glasgow Hall, University of Miami, School of Architecture in Coral Cables.

The UPS Foundation grants $25,000 to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and its Million Trees Miami Fund to enhance tree canopy at Amelia Earhart Bark Park

The UPS Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and its Million Trees Miami Fund to plant shade-tree canopy at Amelia Earhart Bark Park, creating a welcoming retreat in a highly urbanized area. Volunteers from UPS Americas participated in an employee day of service at the park on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., where they planted trees and joined in other beautification projects.

Miami-Dade Parks earns National Park and Recreation re-accreditation

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced that the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) this year. CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.

Director Jack Kardys installed as FRPA President

Parks Foundation Board Member and Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys was installed as the president for the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) during its Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Orlando. In the additional role, Kardys will be leading a seven-member Board of Directors, representing  over 1,600 FRPA members and more than 270 parks and recreation agencies in the state of Florida.

As the FRPA’s new president, he will continue to guide and represent the Association for the one-year term of the post. This includes representing the FRPA at state-wide educational sessions and meetings attended by professionals who provide parks and recreation services; at Florida legislative sessions, when necessary; and in discussions with external groups and state agencies who impact the field of parks and recreation.

AvMed to refuel Active Older Adults at selected parks

Now through Nov., AvMed will set up charging stations with a variety of whole fruits and healthy smoothie recipes at Active Older Adults program hubs throughout Miami-Dade. AvMed Benefits Consultants also will be available at select parks to present Medicare information sessions.

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Volunteers commemorated the heroes and victims of 9/11 by participating in the National Day of Service and Remembrance volunteer event on Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Arcola Lakes Park. Projects included replenishing sand in the playgrounds, re-striping the parking lots, painting the park office interior and exterior, removing litter, and landscaping.

This community service event was hosted by Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces with the support of the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the Miami Dolphins Special Teams and their partner AARP Foundation.

New Annual Membership Benefits

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is offering new benefits to its members. Become a member today and make a difference in your Miami-Dade County Parks. Not only will you receive great benefit opportunities, but you will help preserve parks and park programs. 

Gratigny Plateau Park celebrated its one-year anniversary on Aug. 20

Hosted by Local 10 News Team and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the free community block party featured refreshments, music, exercise and fitness workouts, butterfly friendly plant giveaways, and a volunteer planting project by the University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program. Watch the Local 10 News coverage that brought out neighbors and sponsoring organizations to celebrate this milestone.

Look who's talking about Miami-Dade Parks

Read Parks Foundation Board President Raul Garcia’s letter thanking Miami Foundation President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto and David Lawrence, Jr. for their support of Parks with an Op-Ed piece and Letter to the Editor respectively in The Miami Herald.

Goulds Park wins $20,000 'Parks Build Community Grant from the Walt Disney Company & NRPA

Your voice was heard! After a month-long public-voting process, Goulds Park, a Miami-Dade County park, is the winner of a $20,000 “Parks Build Community” grant from the Walt Disney Company and the National Recreation and Park Association for a new community garden.

The Goulds Park Community Garden project was one of 15 projects selected nationwide to receive grant funding. Parks Build Community helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country.

Miami-Dade Parks Miami Heat Wheels team crowned 2015 NWBA Division 3 National Champions

Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team was crowned “NWBA Division 3 National Champions,” April 19, 2015, after defeating the San Antonio Spurs wheelchair basketball team by a score of 70-66 in the finals of the 67th annual NWBA National Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky.  This is the first-ever NWBA National Championship win for the team.  

Volunteers sprung into action for Global Youth Service Day

More than 200 volunteers celebrated Earth Month by taking part in Global Youth Service Day, a volunteer event created to encourage children and teens to be active in their community. The event took place Saturday, April 18th, at the Crandon Park Nature Center, in partnership with Marlins Ayudan and HandsOn Miami.

Volunteers made a positive environmental impact by removing 70 trash bags worth of litter from the Crandon Park shores, trails, and preserves. 

The Parks Foundation received a $24,000 check from Major League Baseball's Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera presented a $24,000 contribution, on behalf of the “Miguel Cabrera Foundation”, to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade County on Jan. 30 for renovations to the baseball fields at Brothers to the Rescue Memorial Park.

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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.

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