William Randolph Community Park completes first phase development
Residents are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, as they dedicate the new amenities at William Randolph Community Park, located at 11950 SW 228th St., Miami. This marks the completion of phase one development for the 10-acre lakefront park, which opened in 2013. The park is named after William Randolph, a significant African American pioneer homesteader of south Miami-Dade County who founded the subdivision of Goulds.
The new development includes a six-foot-wide paved walking path that extends around the park’s lake, car and bicycle parking areas, access control fencing, shade trees, and other landscape plantings. The lake was also re-graded to create a five-foot-wide horizontal shelf and the roadway along 228th St., received paving and drainage improvements. In addition, new concrete pads mark the spots for a future fitness court and benches.
“I am pleased to see these park enhancements completed at William Randolph Community Park. I applaud the Parks Department for their great progress in developing parks and open spaces that improve our lives,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
“The lakeside walking trail and other new amenities at the beautiful William Randolph Community Park are helping to establish the site as a recreational centerpiece for neighboring families,” said Commissioner Moss. “I look forward to seeing more people gathering at this park for play and exercise.”
“We are very pleased to see the fitness-focused transformations taking place at this park,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “It is our goal to develop William Randolph Community Park as another great community park with activities that residents most enjoy.”
The Miami-Dade Parks Capital Programs team designed the park development project, built by COMTECH Engineering, Inc. The project cost was approximately $695,000. Funding was provided by the Quality Neighborhoods Improvement Program (QNIP) and Impact Fees.
For directions visit the William Randolph Community Park web page or call 305-257-0310 (Homestead Air Reserve Park.)
History of the Goulds subdivision
In 1900 William Randolph filed a U.S. Homestead Application for a 160-acre tract of land in southern Miami-Dade County, now known as “Goulds.” He received the property deed 12 years later, during William Howard Taft’s presidency. In July of 1920 he and his wife Ana platted the Goulds subdivision. William went on to help other African Americans in his community to become land owners by selling off most of his land very inexpensively or simply giving it away, free of charge. In addition, he donated a 5-acre tract to build a school for area youth, which is now home to Pine Villa Elementary School and Mays Middle School.