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West Perrine Park's new Family Aquatic Center set to open on Memorial Day

MIAMI (May 16, 2016)

Everyone is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new $5.9 million Family Aquatic Center on Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, at West Perrine Park, located at 10301 SW 170th Terrace, Miami. The facility is the first designated ‘mini water park’ for the Miami-Dade County Parks system, complete with cool and thrilling walk-in swimming pools, water-in-motion playgrounds with waterslides, a spacious bath house, and more!  Guests are invited to wear their swim suits, so they can enjoy the water amenities.

The facility opening kicks off at 11 a.m. with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony led by officials from the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss.  A tour of the facilities will follow. 

The aquatic center includes a kids’ water activity pool, approximately 2,306 square-feet in size with a “Spray ‘N Play Zone” that features assorted water sprayers and spouts, a spiral slide and a climbing net. Next to it is a 25-foot-tall winding water tube slide with a plunge pool and a recreational swimming pool with four lap lanes. The pools are heated and feature underwater lights and zero-depth “beach” entries. The site includes approximately 7,000 square-feet of pool deck with “funbrellas” and picket fencing. The bath house spans approximately 4,968 square-feet and has locker rooms for both men and women with showers, changing areas and restrooms; a concession with food and refreshments; a first aid room; staff offices; and a breezeway. 

The park improvement project was funded by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program (BBC-GOB), the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program and Impact Fees. 

“The new Family Aquatic Center at West Perrine Park is a refreshing new option for Miami-Dade County residents and visitors who enjoy swimming pools and the many health benefits associated with swimming,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We are grateful to our Parks Department for their great work in revitalizing our public park spaces to improve community livability.”

“This water park is a welcome addition to the West Perrine community,” said Commissioner Moss. “It will provide a safe and family-oriented aquatic experience that will enrich the lives of residents and their children for years to come.”

“We are very excited about opening the doors of this new facility,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. “Visitors will see all the play elements of a water park with an accessible community pool that offers Learn-to-Swim lessons for kids, swimming competitions and other aquatics-based fitness and exercise programs for people of all ages and abilities.”

The new development is a result of the implementation of the Miami-Dade Parks Master Plan Mission to connect people and parks for life. The Plan aims to provide facilities, programs and services that create Great Parks, Great Public Spaces, Great Natural and Cultural Places, Great Streets, and Great Greenways, Trails and Water Trails to help create greater connectivity amongst residents, improve their health and sense of wellness and to conserve the environment that sustains us all.

Miami-Dade Parks’ staff hired the architectural consultants KVH Architects, PA; Aquadynamics Design Group, Inc.; TLC Engineering for Architecture; and Laura Llerena and Associates, Inc.; and construction contractor TC & F Builders, Corp. for the design and construction process.    

The 9-acre park also has a recreation center, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, a baseball field, a softball field, an outdoor fitness gym, a playground, a picnic shelter, and barbeque grilling area.  For directions and more information about the park call 305-235-2053 and visit the web page

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