Shaded walks coming to Snapper Creek Park

By Richard Yager….

This pergola provides shaded walkways at Snapper Creek Park.

It’s only a hiccup in the year’s Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department budget, but it’s a welcome one for residents around Snapper Creek Park.

A $90,000 capital improvement project is creating shaded walkways in Snapper Creek Park, 10280 SW 80 St., a neighborhood oasis of greenery adjacent to Sunset Park Elementary School.

Three wood lattice and stucco column pergolas, with accompanying ADA accessible benches, are complementing a children’s playground to create a “community gathering area on the park’s west side,” said Laura Phillips, spokesperson for the Parks Department.

Pergola construction and new bench seating completes a plan to transform an otherwise passive green space into an attractive neighborhood park, suitable for jogging, play or simple relaxation, she noted.

Slated for completion in May, the project is funded by the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program, part of Parks Department’s $40.4 million capital budget for fiscal 2010-11.

For the mathematically inclined, the park improvements represents an outlay of just a fraction of one percent (0.0596%) of the total department fiscal year spending of over $151 million, combining both an operating budget of $110.5 million and capital expenditures of $40.4 million.

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