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Debbie Curtin Park completes first phase development

MIAMI (October 27, 2016)

Join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016, as they dedicate new recreational amenities at Debbie Curtin Park, located at 22820 SW 112 Ave., Miami.

The new development includes a concrete walking path that’s approximately one half-mile long and eight feet wide and an access driveway from SW 112th Ave. that connects to 31 new parking spaces, two of which are for ADA-parking. The entire site has been re-contoured to improve storm water drainage and beautified with Bahia sod and Live Oak and flowering trees.

“Today marks a milestone for Debbie Curtin Park, which bears the name of a most honorable individual who devoted her life to improving Miami-Dade livability,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez shared. “These new amenities will encourage residents to visit this special park and spend more time relaxing and exercising outdoors.”

“I am delighted to see Debbie Curtin Park’s transformation,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “We will continue to press forward with our plan to invest into our South Dade parks and enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

“We are proud to have participated in the development of Debbie Curtin Park,” said Miami-Dade Parks Assistant Director Maria Nardi. “Parks is long-dedicated to creating sustainable park and open spaces that are more accessible, walkable and green-minded.”

The project is a product of Miami-Dade Parks′ Design and Build Team working in conjunction with Quality Construction Performance Inc. The improvements cost $1.3 million and were funded by Impact Fees and a Community Development Block Grant.

For directions, visit the Debbie Curtin Park web page or call 305-257-0310 (Homestead Air Reserve Park).

About Debbie Curtin Park
Formerly known as Palm Glades Park, the park was renamed and opened in 2010 as Debbie Curtin Park in memory of the late Team Metro Director Debbie Curtin. Curtin, who served in several leadership roles during her career with Miami-Dade County (1975-2001), is best known for her enhancements to the quality of community life as the founding Director for Team Metro. In this position, Curtin established eight Team Metro offices that provided residents with direct services and assistance in navigating through County procedures. In conjunction with this effort, she established the Citizens Academy, a program which further focused on bringing County government and services closer to the people.

Upon retiring from Miami-Dade County, in 2001, Curtin focused her energies on her own personal battle with cancer, and to the prevention of the disease as Chair for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Miami Unit. At ACS Curtin organized such fundraisers as ‘Relay for Life’ and ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,’ and lobbied the Florida legislature and the U.S. Congress on ACS issues. She passed away on August 11, 2008, and that same year, the ACS honored her posthumously for her distinguished service.

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.