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The general purpose of The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, is to serve as a fund-raising arm of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) primarily for recreational, educational and cultural community programs and initiatives and the endowment of capital projects.

Air Potato Control Project

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade has applied for a grant to help support the Air Potato Control Project, a project by Miami-Dade Parks’ Natural Areas Management Division, the TERRA Environmental Research Institute’s Environmental Academy, and the United States Dept. of Agriculture, to control the invasive Air Potato vine that is smothering native trees and plants, posing a serious threat to the South Florida environment.

In a special ceremony held on April 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, students from TERRA released the Lilioceris Cheni beetle, a beetle that only feeds on the invasive Air Potato and not on native plants. This bio-control agent has thus far proven, in controlled environments, to control and destroy the exotic invasive. This test project will have important implications for the successful control of the invasive vine on a national and even international scale, as Air Potato has also been found in Canada and Mexico. Results are expected in the summer of 2013.

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Gratigny Plateau Park

Gratigny Plateau ParkThree empty lots in an underserved area of northwest Miami-Dade are being transformed into a community park with the help of corporate donors and ABC’s Local 10.  Miller Construction, architectural firm EDSA and other generous sponsors are stepping forward to be a part of this ambitious public-private partnership.

Designed to resemble a flower, corporate and individual contributions are funding fitness stations, a toddler playground, park benches, a butterfly garden and more.

An enhanced maintenance fund has also been set up to ensure the Gratigny Plateau Park, located at 885 NW 117th Street, remains pristine long after construction.   

For more information, contact Victoria Mallette, at 305-755.7804.

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Brickell Promenade

 Brickell PromenadeBe a part of the transformation of the Brickell area through a transit-oriented park and greenway development project.  Brickell Promenade will utilize revenue-generating technology to reduce traffic congestion, spur further economic development and showcase the 50-year vision for parks and open spaces in Miami-Dade.

 Brickell Promenade

Just as New York’s High Line transformed a former elevated railroad spur into a linear park, Brickell Promenade will make use of scarce green space beneath Miami-Dade’s Metrorail to improve the quality of life of area residents and visitors.

Park improvements ripe for naming rights include a trail head, pedestrian walkway, dog park, information kiosk, arts & culture courtyard and more.

The Brickell Promenade is just one portion of the greater Greenlink initiative – 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.

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Arcola Park

Arcola ParkLiberty City’s Arcola Park has become an anchor site for Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program after receiving a 2012 Chevrolet Diamonds and Dreams Field Makeover. 

The $20,000 ball field refurbishment was spearheaded after an online sweepstakes fan earmarked The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade as his charity of choice.  The ball field is not only renewing interest in youth baseball, it’s serving existing adult softball teams as well.

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Tamiami Park Recreation Center

Tamiami ParkAfter decades of serving children, particularly those with special needs, the Tamiami Park Recreation Center is new again!  Generous sponsors including Home Depot, Odebrecht USA, Commercial Interior Contractors (CIC), Fence Masters, Tiger Direct, Home Depot and Waste Management gave the facility a floor-to-ceiling makeover valued at more than $70,000.  Improvements and upgrades include an updated electrical system, repainted walls, new flooring and ceiling tiles, kitchen improvements including a new sink, faucet and refrigerator, shelving and cabinetry, fencing, landscaping, a television and more.

The project, featured as part of ABC Local 10’s “Making a Difference” series, first began as a single room renovation – the spruce up of a break room where children in Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services Program would go for exercise and one-on-one activity time – but soon morphed into an entire recreation center renovation.

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Westbrook Park

Westbrook Park Westbrook Park in Miami is the $10,000 Grand Prize winner of Kingsford® Charcoal’s Territorio Kingsford® online contest, beating out parks in Los Angeles and Houston. 

New grills, side tables, picnic tables, landscaping, playground sand refurbishment, and signage were part of the grand park refurbishment which was unveiled by on-air personalities from Univision’s “Contacto Deportivo”, a one-hour sports news and entertainment show.

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