New tennis courts open at Oak Grove Park
On Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10 a.m., the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, District 2 will host a ribbon-cutting to officially open four new tennis courts at Oak Grove Park, located at 690 NE 159th Street, Miami. The ceremony will be followed by a community tennis tournament.
The park development project included the addition of an ADA-compliant water fountain, connecting walkways, eight (8) seating benches, trash receptacles, and access control fencing. The site also received a new water meter, a new storm drainage system and two (2) new electrical outlets and empty conduits for future court lighting. In addition, existing light poles were relocated along the walkways and landscaping was improved with the planting of five (5) new live oak trees and transfer of several gumbo limbo, live oak and sabal palm trees to new areas within the park.
Miami-Dade Parks’ Design/Build Team worked with architecture-engineering consultants Calvin, Geordanp and Associates, Inc. and construction contractor SM InterConsulting to complete the project. The project cost was $850,000 and funding was provided by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program.
Phase development at this park will include the demolition of four pre-existing tennis courts to be replaced by the future “Father Gerard Jean Juste Community Center”, which is projected to begin construction in 2017.
“These improvements make Oak Grove Park another great venue for recreational tennis and all sorts of future tennis programs,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I applaud the Parks Department for their ongoing efforts to improve our parks and open spaces for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors.”
“I am very proud to see the work that has been accomplished here. The new tennis courts are first class and area residents will enjoy their use for years to come,” said Chairman Jean Monestime.
“Oak Grove Park is a hub of health and wellness for neighbors of all ages. These revamped tennis courts are sure to inspire tennis players of all skill levels to get in the game and have fun being active outdoors,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.
The 22–acre park also features a five-acre lake, a three–acre hardwood hammock, a small recreation center, a lighted soccer field, and a lighted parking area. For directions and information about recreational activities and programs at this park visit the web page or call 305-944-8670.