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Miami-Dade Parks celebrates its 86th anniversary and everyone is invited to join the party

Sharing a history of significant contributions to Miami-Dade County’s environmental preservation and recreational and cultural experiences and continued progress in building a sustainable parks system for Miami-Dade residents and visitors to enjoy.

MIAMI (February 09, 2016)

This year, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is celebrating the 86th anniversary of its founding.  To commemorate this milestone, we invite those who love of Parks, to revisit Miami-Dade Parks with your family and friends. There’s plenty of outdoor play spaces packed with recreational amenities to suit everyone’s taste, like Greynolds Park, Haulover Beach Park, Homestead Bayfront Park, Crandon Park, Fruit and Spice Park, the Deering Estate at Cutler, nature trails, beaches, our world-famous Zoo Miami, golf courses, and much more. Visit www.miamidade.gov/parks and see all that Miami-Dade Parks has to offer.  

“Parks are significant assets of a community's heritage. They are places that people can relax with nature and enjoy social and cultural gatherings and recreational play-time,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I congratulate the Parks Department for their rich legacy which has enriched this community and their continued efforts to develop more great recreational facilities for residents and visitors.”

“In celebrating Miami-Dade Parks’ achievements of the past 86 years, I want to extend a big thanks to the volunteers, staff and park partners, whose generous time, talents and support has helped build a vital and flourishing Miami-Dade parks system,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. “I encourage more community members and business to share in this stewardship of our parks and open spaces for the health and well-being of future generations.” 

Miami-Dade Parks began as a Division of the County Road and Bridge Department in 1929, planting trees along our community’s highways. A.D. “Doug” Barnes, a leader in the National Parks, Recreation and Open Space movement, persuaded Commodore Matheson to donate 80 acres of land for the first county “heritage park”, Matheson Hammock Park.  That land donation opened the way for six subsequent “heritage parks”: Greynolds Park, Haulover Beach Park, Homestead Bayfront Park, Crandon Park, Fruit and Spice Park, and the Deering Estate at Cutler.  These sites played a vital role in this community's history, environment and recreational and cultural experiences and set a precedent for the Parks Department’s operation and preservation of Miami-Dade’s current parks system. 

Today, Miami-Dade Parks is considered a world-class parks system and the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and over 12,800 acres of land. The Parks Department is a three-time national gold medal winner for excellence in Parks administration and is the only municipal park system of its size to be awarded National Accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Agencies. 

The Parks Department also comprises the county’s Right-of-Way Aesthetic and Assets Management Division (RAAM), fulfilling the functions of Landscape Maintenance, Roadway Landscape Maintenance, Basic Roadside Safety Mowing, Enhanced Roadside Safety Mowing, and Metrorail/Metromover Landscape Maintenance Services.

Miami-Dade Parks is supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.