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Vote for one of three Miami-Dade parks for their chance to receive a $20,000 grant through the NRPA's "Parks Build Community" campaign

MIAMI (March 31, 2016)

Everyone is invited to cast their vote to help one of three Miami-Dade parks win $20,000 towards a park revitalization project. The funding boost will be provided in the form of a “Parks Build Community” grant award from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the nation. 

Parks are places that shape so much of our lives and they count on us for support.  From April 1 to April 30, 2016, County residents can vote online from home, at the park of their choice or on their mobile device. Visit, you can vote daily for your favorite Miami-Dade Parks project. 

The projects up for election are:

• Gwen Cherry ParkCommunity Garden - This project would develop and plant a community garden and will consist of the construction of   planter beds, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant walkway and a fence. 

• Ojus ParkDisability Services After-School Program "Safe Space" Fence - The Ojus Park Community Center is becoming a new site      for Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services After-School Program. The project’s purpose is to develop a fence along the front entrance and  surrounding sides of the Community Center to create a "safe space" for the children of the After-School Program to engage in sports. 

• Ruben Dario ParkFit2Lead Youth Enrichment & Sports Program - Funding for this project will purchase necessary programming  equipment ensuring the overall success.

Show your support of your favorite park project, by visiting to cast your vote. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. 

Last year, as the result of the public’s tremendous support shown in daily votes for Goulds Park, the park won the $20,000 grant award. That funding provided the park with a new community garden that area residents and their children enjoy.

For more information and to vote for your favorite Miami-Dade park this year, visit Remember to vote daily through April 30.

For more information about the NRPA, visit the website. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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.