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Tropical Park Memorial Stadium celebrates grand opening of newly renovated track and field facilities, Nov. 9

MIAMI (November 06, 2015)

On Monday, November 9, 2015 the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will join Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier D. Souto for the grand opening of the newly renovated track and field facilities at Tropical Park Memorial Stadium, located at 7900 SW 40th St., Miami.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The new development included a complete reconstruction and resurfacing of the stadium’s athletic running track and jumping areas to meet the standards set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and USA Track & Field (USATF. The track additionally received a new three-foot-wide concrete safety buffer around the outside running lane and improved storm water drainage. The cost for the track and field project was $2.8 million and funding was provided by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program. 

“I am very pleased to see Tropical Park’s track and field improved to meet IAAF and USATF standards and extend a big thanks to the Parks Department for making this happen,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “These improvements will further encourage young people to be active and compete and learn the values of a sport like track and field and envision their dreams.”

“This is a wonderful day for Tropical Park and the athletes and fans of track and field sports in this community,” said Commissioner Souto. “Premium development like this is helping to earmark this park as a top venue for world-class sporting events.” 

“Tropical Park continues to remain a true jewel of our Miami-Dade parks system. The stadium’s track and field face lift is a great example of the how Miami-Dade Parks is re-invigorating our parks and open spaces with sustainable development,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

The 6,000-seat stadium is home to high school football games and the nationally recognized Miami-Dade Track and Field Team. It has hosted such prestigious national track and field events as the Junior Olympics and USA National Track and Field Championships. 

As a Miami-Dade County Veterans Day observance in November 1980, the stadium was dedicated in tribute to veterans of the United States Armed Forces. A nearby veterans monument, allows visitors to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifices of our nation’s courageous heroes.

This 275-acre regional park also has four lakes, an equestrian center, a tennis center, a community center, a dog park; facilities for basketball, racquetball, softball, soccer; and miles of paved pathways for walking running or biking. 

For directions and information visit the Tropical  Park web page or call 305-226-8316.

 

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.