Summer began with a splash on Memorial Day, May 30, with the dedication of a new Family Aquatic Center in West Perrine.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss was joined by state and county officials including Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces director Jack Kardys in the ribbon cutting of the new $5.9 million first-of-its-kind mini water park.
“What an appropriate way to celebrate the beginning of summer,” Commissioner Moss said. “The West Perrine Family Aquatic Center provides a safe, family-oriented aquatic experience that will enrich the lives of residents and their children for years to come.”
The aquatic center is complete with amenities including a 25-foot waterslide, zero-depth “beach” entry heated swimming pool with competition lanes and underwater lights along with a Kids Water Activity Pool featuring a Spray ‘n’ Play Zone.
“We are very excited about opening the doors of this new facility,” Kardys said. “Visitors will see all the play elements of a water park with an accessible community pool that offers Learn-to-Swim lessons for kids, swimming competitions and other aquatics-based fitness and exercise programs for people of all ages and abilities.”
The new Family Aquatic Center highlights the nine-acre West Perrine Park, which also features a recreational center, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, a baseball field, a softball field, an outdoor fitness gym, a playground, a picnic shelter, and a barbeque grilling area.
“Now there is no need to go anywhere else,” Commissioner Moss said. “You have it all right here in this marvelous facility.”
The park improvement project was funded by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program, the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program and impact fees.