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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.
- Active Projects
- Development of Arthur Woodard Park
- Completed Projects
- Gratigny Plateau Park
- Air Potato Control Project
- Arcola Park
- Tamiami Park Recreation Center
- Westbrook Park
Development of Arthur Woodard Park
The Parks Foundation is seeking philanthropic gifts for the development of Arthur Woodard Park, a planned neighborhood park located at the cross of NW 12 Avenue and NW 99 Street, west of I-95 in Commission District 2. The park is surrounded by homes with families that will benefit from having a park within walking distance.
Design for the new park includes a walking path, shade trees, benches, picnic shelter, signage, and landscaping. Help transform this open green space into a neighborhood park. For more information or to donate, call 305-755-7804.Back to Top
Gratigny Plateau Park
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.
The park’s construction was conceived and spearheaded by Local 10 News. Design was donated by EDSA, with construction led by Miller Construction Company. Estimated cost for construction is valued at $600,000. Thanks to efforts by Commissioner Monestime, $250,000 in funding from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program, Community Development Block Grant, and Parks Impact Fees were allocated to Gratigny Plateau Park to help expedite the final phase of construction.Back to Top
Air Potato Control Project
State Farm Youth Advisory Board granted the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade with a $31,240 grant for the only student-run, beetle-rearing lab facility in the United States, a service learning project housed at TERRA Environmental Research Institute (TERRA), in partnership with Miami-Dade Parks’ Natural Areas Management (NAM) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Invasive Plant Research Laboratory (USDA), for the bio-control of the invasive exotic Air Potato vine, plaguing parks and neighborhood yards throughout South Florida and the state.
The bio-control method consists of the rearing of the air potato leaf beetle, its scientific name being Lilioceris cheni (Lili), by TERRA students and their subsequent release into Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, a Miami-Dade County park with over 50 acres of “hammock” forest besieged by the invasive exotic Air Potato vine. The “Lili” beetle is native to Asia and Africa and was first released in Florida in 2011 by USDA for biological control of the Air Potato, and then again in 2012 and 2013. Results from these releases are already visually evident at the test sites, with leaves and whole plants clearly showing the effects of the beetles. In those areas, the leaves look like lace patterns and many of the bulbils have also been affected, slowing the reproduction of the plant.
The USDA supplied the initial starter “Adam” and “Eve” beetles, and together with NAM and their biology teacher, provided the students with training on beetle-rearing techniques and the conservation and management of Miami-Dade County natural areas.
The lab was unveiled in May and the project came full circle in October as the students released the beetles they had been rearing. The cycle will continue as new students learn to rear the beetles for continuous releases into the nature preserve.
Check out the video below to learn more about the Air Potato Control Project.Back to Top
Liberty 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.Back to Top
Tamiami Park Recreation Center
After 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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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