Miami-Dade Parks' post-Hurricane Irma debris clean-up efforts well underway
Hurricane Irma debris collection is nearly complete throughout the 270 Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces’ parks, golf courses, and marinas. Crews from Miami-Dade Parks’ Operations & Stewardships Divisions, along with staff from Zoo Miami and Deering Estate, have been painstakingly cutting and disposing of downed trees and limbs to provide access to streets and parks, all while saving as many trees as possible.
Miami-Dade Parks has been prioritizing clean-up work throughout the park system since Hurricane Irma swept through the county. Immediately following the storm, Parks’ crews worked to clear roadways so that emergency vehicles had access in case of urgent situations. Once streets were cleared, the Parks department began prioritizing efforts and immediately began opening community centers so families could get out of the heat to enjoy the cool air conditioning, and where they could spend time together outside the stresses of the storm. Since then Parks, along with FEMA-certified contractors, have been in high-gear cutting down and removing “hangers,” “leaners” and downed trees and branches so that access to all park facilities is safe.
Parks’ crews expect to complete the removal of debris piles throughout the system in the next few weeks. This includes golf courses, marinas, and all neighborhood, community and regional parks. While this work continues, three parks are serving as bulky debris drop off sites:
- Homestead Air Reserve Park 27401 SW 127 Avenue, Homestead, FL
- Tamiami Park 11201 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL
- Amelia Earhart Park 401 E 65 Street, Hialeah, Miami, FL
For questions or updates on Miami-Dade Parks’ clean-up efforts, please call 311 or visit www.miamidade.gov/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.