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Parks Build Community project at Ojus Park to be dedicated August 25, 4-5 p.m.

Improvements to benefit children in Parks Disability Services afterschool program

MIAMI (August 15, 2016)

Miami-Dade Parks will dedicate a new perimeter fence and other improvements at Ojus Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4, representatives from Miami-Dade Parks and the Parks Disability Services program, on Thursday, August 25, 4-5 p.m., at Ojus Park, 18995 West Dixie Highway, in Northeast Miami-Dade County.  The project was made possible 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 improvements will allow Ojus Park to serve as the new hub site for Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services program in the North end of the county, providing afterschool, summer camp and the STARS (Skills, Training, for Autism Recreational Sports) program for teens with intellectual disabilities.  The new fence will provide a safe enclosure for children to participate in adaptive sports and recreational activities, including basketball, flag football, soccer and swimming.  In addition, the improvements come just in time for the start of the new Fit2Play™ afterschool program adapted for children with disabilities, and funded by the Children’s Trust.  Registration for afterschool and other Parks Disabilities programs will be available during the event.  

NRPA’s “Parks Build Community” helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country.  During Earth Month in April, the public was invited to vote on park improvement projects in 15 select communities throughout the nation to receive the $20,000 grant. The Ojus Park Fence project was the winning project for Miami-Dade County.  

“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.  “Ojus Park will now be a “home away from home” for these teens and their families, providing a safe place where they can flourish and expand their social, recreational, and literacy skills outside of school.” 

“Having programs for people with disabilities across the County is another example of how the Miami-Dade Parks Department helps improve the lives of all people in this community,” said Commissioner Heyman.

For more information on the program and other winners, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.

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.