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Victoria Galan

Colonial Drive Park Public Meeting

Monday, April 11, 2016, 7 p.m.

MIAMI (April 01, 2016)

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in collaboration with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) and Miami-Dade County Health Department/ Florida Department of Health, will be hosting a Public Meeting regarding the environmental findings, the health evaluation for Colonial Drive Park and the park’s corrective action plan on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Colonial Drive Elementary School, 10755 SW 160th St., Miami.

 The meeting will address the community’s concerns over the temporary closure of the athletic fields at Colonial Drive Park after samplings conducted by DERM revealed higher than normal concentrations of arsenic in the soil.  The closure was implemented out of abundance of caution and as a proactive measure. Colonial Drive Park was sampled as a part of the ongoing effort to screen all parks located in the Miami-Dade Parks system for potential contamination.  To date a total of 215 Miami-Dade Parks sites have been evaluated and determined to be safe for current public use. 

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.