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West Perrine Park kicks off new Urban Tennis Program for summer campers

MIAMI (July 17, 2017)

On, Friday July 14, 2017, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and local youth joined together for a tennis-themed play day at the newly resurfaced tennis courts at West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170 Terrace, Miami.  The event was a kick-off for the new Urban Tennis Program initiated by Commissioner Moss.

The tennis program will be offered free of charge to youth enrolled in Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camp program at West Perrine, Goulds, and Sgt. Delancy Parks. Specifically designed for kids age 10 and under, the program features a beginner progressive format that utilizes shorter courts and low compression balls, and offers tips on fitness and nutrition.  The program will serve as a pathway to Junior Team Tennis and other USTA programs.

"I am so thrilled to debut the new Urban Tennis Program. This is a dream come true! Together with the Parks Department, we have created an innovative recreational opportunity for kids who would normally have little exposure to the sport of tennis, serving up fun, active-play in their neighborhood park," said Commissioner Moss.

"We aim to help program participants enjoy their first experiences with tennis, so they can develop their athletic abilities and love for the sport," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Designee Maria Nardi.

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.