A.D. "Doug" Barnes Park receives designated parking spot for veterans
On Friday, July 14, 2017, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa (District 6) was joined by the Miami-Dade County Military Affairs Board and the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and unveiled the first designated parking space for military veterans at a Miami-Dade County facility. The unveiling took place at the pool parking lot of A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park, located at 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami.
In 2016, Commissioner Sosa sponsored legislation creating the designated parking program for veterans. Through the implementation of the program, veterans will be recognized by reserved parking on surface lots or garages owned and managed by Miami-Dade County. Signs will be posted designating a spot as “Veterans Only Parking” for use by a U.S. veteran or active duty personnel.
As part of the program, veterans parking signs will be installed in areas in close proximity to elevators and entrances of Miami-Dade County owned and managed facilities. The program will serve the more than 60,000 veterans who reside in Miami-Dade County according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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.