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This July, Miami-Dade County residents invited to "get their play on" with Miami-Dade Parks

Month celebrates the essential value of local parks and recreation

MIAMI (June 30, 2017)

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get your play on. This July, discover the power of play with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents.  Here are just a few of those spotlighted:

July 4, 9 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular at Black Point Park and Marina, 2477 SW 87 Ave., Cutler Bay. Admission is free (excludes marina). 

July 7-8 
RBI Caribbean Regional Youth Tournament at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St., Miami. Youth baseball and softball teams from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands are featured in this MLB sponsored tournament.

July 9, 10:30 a.m.
Grand Opening of new Miracle League of Miami-Dade Baseball Field at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St., Miami. Ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m., followed by inaugural game at 12:30 p.m.  A MLB All-Stars kick-off event. Includes Miami Marlins special guests. Admission is free.

July 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Deering Discovery Day family-fun event at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. Enjoy $1 admission on this day! .Includes a “Birthday Bash” in honor of Charles Deering.

“Miami-Dade Parks is thrilled to join the NRPA and park and recreation leaders around our nation in celebrating Park and Recreation Month,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Designee Maria Nardi. “We are very proud of our parks and open spaces, from our greenways, waterways, and nature trails to our special attractions, like Zoo Miami, the Deering Estate, and Fruit & Spice Park. Together they provide children, adults, and people with disabilities in our community with a multitude of year-round recreational opportunities, aimed at bettering lives and the environment. I invite everyone to join us for this month’s celebratory events and discover all that our Parks system has to offer.”

Miami-Dade Parks is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives. From providing us places to play, get fit, and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature; our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life. For all the scoop on Living a Park Life at Miami-Dade Parks, visit the website.

NRPA is celebrating the month by hosting a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. Visit www.nrpa.org/July for more information on how to participate. Entries can be submitted via the hashtag #NRPAPlayChallenge. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly..
 
To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.nrpa.org/July

About the NRPA
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation, and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, 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.

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 and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship. 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.