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Miami-Dade Parks' Ojus Park Disabilities Services fence wins grant from The Walt Disney Company and the National Recreation and Park Association

Miami-Dade residents voted for Ojus Park to receive $20,000 for improvements

MIAMI (May 18, 2016)

Ojus Park Disabilities Services fence is the winner of the Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN. Residents and supporters voted for the winning project during the month of April. Parks Build Community helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. 

Ojus Park was one of 15 projects throughout the county selected to receive grant funding. The $20,000 grant will be used to install a fence around the Community Center, which will create a safe place for children to play; currently, the playing field is only fenced in on three sides. The east side of the park, which is not fenced, faces Dixie Highway; a very busy main road that has a continuous flow of traffic at all hours of the day and evening. Enclosing the area will make the field safe for children with disabilities and will reduce the risk of a child wandering into the busy road. In its current state, the field cannot be used because of safety concerns.

“The Miami-Dade community appreciates this grant from The Walt Disney Company and the National Recreation and Park Association. Safety has always been a top priority for the department. Once the fence is installed children will be able to freely recreate in that area and everyone who visits Ojus will benefit,” Jack Kardys, director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces shared. 

“The tremendous support shown by the public confirms what we truly believe: that parks have immense power to make our lives and the places we live better,” said Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of NRPA. “This grant will give funding that will help create a thriving gathering place where youth, families and adults can connect with nature and get active. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of The Walt Disney Company.”

For more information about the winning Parks Build Community projects, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.  For more information go to miamidade.gov/parks/

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

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.