Campers enjoying variety of fun activities, cultural destinations

By Alexa Ferra….

Campers examine materials used to paint parks.

Now that the Coral Gables Museum’s City Trekker Summer Camp is underway, campers are enjoying exciting and educational camp themes, such as “Fantastic Parks.”

Children ages 5-12 are visiting parks, learning of their positive impact on communities, and designing their own ideal urban parks. Through various summer camp themes, the museum brings attention to the natural and built environments.

Recently, campers took field trips to Phillips Park and Venetian Pool.

“I was so excited to go to Venetian Pool that I couldn’t sleep. I woke up at 6 a.m. this morning,” exclaimed Emma Pascual, a 12-year-old camper.

Campers also met featured artist, Pat Cummins, a painter of local and state parks, and Fred Couceyro, Parks and Recreation director for the City of Coral Gables. Couceyro’s presentation showed campers how the Parks Department not only is responsible for park maintenance, but also for the many special events that take place in Coral Gables, such as the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Farmers Market and Easter Egg Hunt.

During another week the campers were scheduled to bike through Greater Miami’s first public park, Matheson Hammock, and play at the recently renovated South Pointe Park in Miami Beach. They also were to learn about the new Florida Marlins Stadium.

The museum hopes to inspire future park preservationists, urban designers and athletic superstars. After all, as the campers learned: “It starts in parks!”

The Coral Gables Museum’s City Trekker Summer Camp explores the City Beautiful through art, architecture, history and more. Other camp themes include “Animal Madness” and “Going Green.” Partial scholarships are available.

For more information, visit online at or call 305-815-4018.

The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture, urban and environmental design through education, scholarship, and exhibitions. By fostering appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables, the museum values and promotes beauty, planning, and historic and environmental preservation.

The museum is a true public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a private, not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating an educational cultural institution within a city-owned facility.

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