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Parks Build Community Action Day at Ojus Park will beautify site for Parks Disability Services program participants, sponsored by The Walt Disney Company and NRPA

MIAMI (July 21, 2016)

Volunteers of all ages and abilities will work together to beautify a new site of a Parks Disability Services’ after-school and summer camp program at Ojus Park, on Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., thanks to a $20,000 “Parks Build Community” grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group, and ESPN.  The Parks Build Community grant will fund a new perimeter fence at Ojus Park, providing safety to the program’s participants who have physical and cognitive disabilities.  Community members voted for the winning project throughout Earth Month in April.

The volunteer project will help to beautify the park’s Community Center by painting and cleaning the interior walls and also mulching trees and landscaping.  Participants of the program also will be volunteering their services on Saturday by painting a rain barrel that will help irrigate the center’s landscaping.  These beautification projects will help to prepare the site for the installation of the new fence in August, just in time for the after-school program to begin in the Fall. Ojus Park is located at 18995 West Dixie Highway, in North Miami, FL.   

“Thanks to NRPA and The Walt Disney Company, our community will be able to enjoy a new location for the Parks’ Disability Services program,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “Having programs for people with disabilities across the County is another example of how the Miami-Dade Parks Department helps improve the lives of the people in this community.”

NRPA’s “Parks Build Community” helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country.  The Ojus Park Fence project was one of 15 projects selected to receive grant funding.  For more information on the program and other winners, 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.