New West Kendall park has gone to the dogs

By Richard Yager….

Miami-Dade Commission chair Joe Martinez and “Max” try out equipment at the new West Kendall Dog park.

Amidst yelps and barks, more than 100 West Kendall dog owners and their furry friends opened West Kendall Dog Park, led by Miami-Dade Commission chair Joe A. Martinez and “Max,” the commissioner’s “rescued” canine companion.

“Equipped with all the bells and whistles, it’s West Kendall’s very own regional dog park,” Martinez said as he proudly displayed six-year-old Max at play just after the 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting celebration on May 21.

“I think it’s just great,” added Milo Dorotea, a Hammocks resident holding her Jack Russell terrier, Maximo, who like Max was rescued from the county’s animal shelter.

A crowd of happy dog lovers cut a gold ribbon at the 6.5-acre park after Parks Department director Jack Kardys noted the park was the first facility planned within the 164-acre District Park for West Kendall, a project awaiting $23 million in BBC (Building Better Community) bond funding to begin development.

The fenced-in play and walking area is located off a recently completed, four-lane extension of SW 157th Avenue with such features as play equipment, comfort stations, drinking fountains and a water spray for dogs, while owners can rest on benches beneath an 18- by 38-foot shaded canopy near a picnic area and restroom shelter.

The project was completed with Safe Neighborhood Park bonds and park impact fees totaling $1.8 million as Phase I of West Kendall District Park.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, the park is at 11255 SW 157 Ave. For activities and information about the park, call 305-386-0227 or visit MDPR’s website at

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