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Out-of-school-time opportunities for people with disabilities at Miami-Dade parks

MIAMI (October 21, 2016)

Limited enrollment slots are currently available for after-school and seasonal camps for individuals, ages 6-22, with disabilities at six Miami-Dade park locations (see list below). Participants are advised to register now, before programs fill to capacity.

These programs are presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department’s Disability Services division and funded by The Children’s Trust (TCT) at no cost to participants. All programs are supervised by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and include a variety of quality adapted learning opportunities to improve quality of life, foster independence and boost self-esteem. The curriculum includes cultural arts, literacy, fitness, nutrition, hygiene, snacks, and field trips.

The underway after-school program is held Monday-Friday, from 2-5 p.m. Seasonal camps are offered during school recess days, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ages 6-22 with disabilities:
Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., Miami

Camp Matecumbe, 13841 SW 120 St., Miami

Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St., Miami

Ages 14-22 with disabilities:
Ojus Park, 18995 W Dixie Hwy., North Miami

Ages 6-14 with varying disabilities:
Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami
305-694-4889, ext. 250/

Ages 6-22 with varying disabilities:
Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St., Miami

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

Special Note: Ordinance No. 16-58 • New park rule banning polystyrene (Styrofoam) products in parks and beaches •
Beginning July 1, 2017, all polystyrene products (Styrofoam) will be banned in parks and beaches. The ordinance prohibits persons from bringing any polystyrene item onto park property, such as coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, wrappings and others.