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Seeds, trees, and plants to be sown during Goulds Park Community Garden Volunteer Planting Day, sponsored by The Walt Disney Company and NRPA's Parks Build Community

MIAMI (August 10, 2015)

A new community garden at Goulds Park will become a reality Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon, when volunteers of all ages and abilities will plant fruit trees, herbs & spices, and a butterfly garden, thanks to a $20,000 “Parks Build Community” grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group, and ESPN.  Goulds Park is located at 11350 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL. 

The garden, which features an irrigation system, planter beds, and fencing, will be maintained by local community groups and will have a variety of fruit trees, herbs & spices, a butterfly garden, and vegetables will be planted in the fall, which is considered the optimal season for planting vegetables in South Florida.  Organizations assisting in maintaining the gardens include the Greater Goulds Optimist Club, Citizens Alliance of Goulds, Goulds Community Action Agency, Goulds Park Fit2Play™ Afterschool program, and the Goulds Park Disability Services program. 

Representatives from the Master Gardener Program from the University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension will be present throughout the morning providing educational information and answering questions about gardening in South Florida.  There will also be nutrition-focused educational activities for children, led by trained staff from Miami-Dade Parks.  Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and representatives from the participating organizations are scheduled to say a few words before the planting begins. 

“Thanks to NRPA and The Walt Disney Company, our community will be able to enjoy a new fruit and vegetable garden at Goulds Park,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “The development of this garden is another example of how the Miami-Dade Parks Department helps improve the lives of the people in Miami-Dade County.”

“This new community garden at Goulds Park will serve as an excellent teaching tool to the children enrolled in our afterschool and Disability Services programs,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “Children will experience firsthand how to grow their own food source – from seed to plate – while also learning about healthy eating.”

NRPA’s “Parks Build Community” helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country.  The Goulds Park Community Garden project was one of 15 projects selected to receive grant funding.  For more information on the program and other winners, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.
Miami-Dade Parks, a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, focuses on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.

For more information, visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.
About Miami-Dade Parks: www.miamidade.gov/parks/about-parks.asp
About the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade: www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation/about-us.asp.