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Miami-Dade celebrates the enduring power of community parks and recreation this July

MIAMI (June 24, 2015)

Miami-Dade residents know their parks and recreation facilities provide places to get active, explore nature and connect with fellow community members. But what they may not know is that parks and recreation also contribute to improved health outcomes, higher property values and environmental sustainability.

Parks and recreation have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives and protect the future. That’s why this year, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department joins cities across the country in celebrating the power of parks and recreation for the 30th anniversary of Park and Recreation Month – an annual event created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and celebrated in July since 1985.

“Miami-Dade County’s abundant park and recreation amenities are helping us to be a happier, healthier and more livable community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “As we join the NRPA for the national celebration of Park and Recreation Month in July, I encourage residents and visitors to take time out to explore all the great things that our Parks Department has to offer.”

“There’s no need to travel far and wide to experience the great outdoors and see beautiful scenery for Park and Recreation Month. Miami-Dade County has parks, beaches and attractions county-wide that offer plenty of free or inexpensive recreational programming and activities to suit everyone’s tastes throughout July and each and every month of the year,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.

Miami-Dade Parks will host these special Park and Recreation Month offers and events in July, along with ongoing activities:

Summer Cabaret Concert Series at the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate's Summer Cabaret Concert Series features eclectic and world music artists in the intimate setting of the Stone House Ballroom.  The concert on Saturday, July 25, will feature LeNard Rutledge. The main gate opens at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Ticket cost: $20. Advance tickets are recommended, as there is limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami

Trail Glades Sport Shooting Range 
July 6-28 - Sport shooting enthusiasts can enjoy a free shotgun rental at Trail Glades Shooting Range on Mondays and Tuesdays in July, with the purchase of target and ammunition for trap or skeet shooting. Mention “Park and Recreation Month” to receive the discount. Offer valid: July 6 - July 28 (subject to availability). Limit one per customer, per visit. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Trail Glades Sports Shooting Range is located at 17601 SW 8 St., Miami. For directions, visit the webpage or call 305-226-1823.

More events can be found on the summer events page.

To showcase the impact that parks and recreation have in every community, the NRPA is releasing a short animated video titled, “Power of Parks.” The video can be viewed on their website. NRPA encourages all people that support parks and recreation to watch and share this video with the hashtag #JulyPRM30.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.  For more information, visit the website.

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