NFL Y.E.T. at Gwen Cherry Park unveils $15,000 facility facelift fostering youth sports development and fitness courtesy of "NFL Foundation" partnership
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, District 2, and representatives from the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on the new facility improvements at the NFL Y.E.T. at Gwen Cherry Park, located at 7090 NW 22 Avenue, Miami. They were joined by Liberty City residents, Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders, and dozens of youth enrolled in the park’s summer camp program.
The improvements include a resurfaced gymnasium floor known as the “NFL Hops Exercise Floor” and a new floor covering that allows it to alternate use for non-athletic activities, such as banquets and awards presentations. In addition, the former game room has been repurposed as the new Miami Dolphins Weight and Fitness Room, the Miami Dolphins Arcade Fitness Game Room has been restored and the existing exercise equipment was refurbished. The project was made possible by a $15,000-grant from the NFL Foundation to the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation.
The game room walls are also freshly painted in the Miami Dolphins’ colors and logos, courtesy of the Miami Dolphins Special Team and other volunteers who painted them, as part of the park’s annual MLK Day of Service activities in January.
One of 260 parks within the Miami-Dade County parks system, Gwen Cherry Park is named after the first African-American woman elected to the Florida Legislature, the late Mrs. Gwendolyn Cherry. It has been a popular gathering space for the Liberty City community, since it first opened as the park’s recreation center in 1970 and its opening as NFL Y.E.T in 1996.
The 38.5-acre Gwen Cherry Park contains three lighted multi-purpose athletic fields; two lighted basketball courts; a lighted 400-meter track; lighted baseball and softball fields; a swimming pool; an outdoor fitness gym; an outdoor fitness court; an amphitheater; a picnic area; a tot-lot; and the NFL Y.E.T. Center—also known as the National Football League (NFL) Youth Educational Town (Y.E.T.) Center—where children engage in recreational and sports programs, and after-school activities in its air-conditioned library, computer and arts-and-crafts rooms, game room, and 9,000-square-foot gymnasium for cultural, recreational and special events. The new enhancements of a shade structure for the fitness court and new field lighting add to its list of quality amenities for the community to benefit from.
For more information about activities at this park, call 305-694-4889 and visit the Gwen Cherry Park web page.
For more information on the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, Inc., visit their website.
Photos by Miami-Dade photographer Michael Fullana
**High resolution photos available upon request**
Photo 1 (top): Pictured at the ribbon-cutting for the new “Miami Dolphins Weight and Fitness Room”: Miami-Dade County Chairman Jean Monestime, District 2 (center with scissors), flanked by Gwen Cherry Park board members Erica Wright (Treasurer), H. T. Smith (President) and Jerry Sawyer (Director); Renae Nottage, superintendent, Miami-Dade Parks’ Recreation and Programming Services Division; Miami Dolphins players #78 Terrance Fede (Defensive End) and #58 Chris McCain (Linebacker) and cheerleaders; Liberty City residents and children enrolled in Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camp programming at the park.
Photos 2 & 3: Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders join summer campers for fun, fitness games inside the newly restored “Miami Dolphins Arcade Fitness Game Room”.
Photos 4 & 5: Boys and girls enrolled in Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camp programming at the park enjoying their regular morning workout before the event on the newly restored “NFL Hops Exercise Floor” inside the gymnasium.