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New $4 million soccer complex opens at Amelia Earhart Park

MIAMI (November 10, 2015)

More than three billion fans strong make soccer one of the world’s favorite sports. It’s no wonder that the sport scores big among Miami-Dade’s soccer-loving residents and their children, especially in a growing community like Hialeah, where the demand is high for quality fields to play the game. Thanks to the efforts of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department they now have new opportunities to kick around a soccer ball, with the newly completed soccer complex at Amelia Earhart Park

The state-of-the-art public soccer facility creates a venue for youth and adult soccer tournaments, with premium amenities that are guaranteed to enhance the experience for both soccer players and spectators. It includes 225- by 360-foot regulation soccer fields with irrigation; connecting walkways; shaded-bleacher seating for 300 patrons; a 2,465-square-foot field center building with a concession area and restrooms; a 1,346- square-foot plaza; a 20- by 20-foot picnic shelter; two 20- by 20-foot soil mixing areas; and a two-rail perimeter wood fence. 

The Parks Department will join Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. at the park, located at 401 E. 65 Street in Hialeah, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015, to officially open and dedicate the new soccer complex.  The dedication ceremonies will be followed by youth and adult soccer matches.

The project cost was approximately $4 million and funding was provided by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond and Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program.

“My thanks to the Parks Department for their great work in making this new soccer complex at Amelia Earhart Park a reality.  Investments in our parks and open spaces is helping to keep Miami-Dade strong and makes it a great place to live and play,“ said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos. A. Gimenez.  

“I am thrilled to see this project completed. This soccer complex is a huge deal for Amelia Earhart Park and the large numbers of soccer enthusiasts in this community,” said Commissioner Bovo. “Sports like soccer encourage people to be active outdoors and promote healthy living for life.”

“This premier soccer complex ups the gold-standard for public soccer facilities, accommodating everything from recreational pick-up games with friends to competitive club soccer activities and tournaments. It is going to keep this park competitive to the needs of youth and adult soccer players and fans for many years to come,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. 

The new complex comes on the heels of a renovation two new lighted Soccer 5 soccer fields designed and funded by Soccer 5 Miami, the facility’s operator.  Each field is 135- by 90-feet, comprised of 4G synthetic turf and can accommodate 6-v-6 through 8-v-8 matches.  Over time, Miami-Dade Parks in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Soccer5 plan to build up to six (6) new fields.

Miami Soccer5 also operates Miami-Dade Parks’ soccer facilities at Kendall Soccer Park and Tropical Park.  For information about Miami Soccer5 leagues and clubs, visit the web page, or call 305-873-8765, email info@soccer5usa.com

For directions and information about recreational activities at this park, visit the Amelia Earhart Park web page or call 305-685-8389.

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.