As the weather heats up and schools get ready for break, the City of Miami Gardens’ parks come alive with the essence of summer. The air is filled with children’s playful laughter and chatter on playgrounds, while others prepare for their sports programs, camps or classes. As Jackie Shakespeare, Assistant Director of the Miami Gardens Parks and Recreation Department, reminds us, the City has lots to offer.
All of Miami Gardens’ summer Parks and Recreation programming is in-person this year. With a variety of activities to look forward to, activity fanatics of all ages can get excited about Aqua Fit, HIIT classes, Step Aerobics with a Twist, Zumba Fitness, the “Sandsational” speed training camp by Tony Sands, and youth and adult swimming classes. Those who prefer more relaxed activities will enjoy photography or digital art classes, violin lessons or one of the City’s new programs, like candle or soap making classes. Kids, in particular, have a lot to choose from: between the Stingrays Youth Swim Team, community skating, football, cheer, gymnastics, soccer, basketball and more, the possibilities for summer fun are endless.
For those who prefer to do a little bit of everything, summer camp registration has started for grades K-5 at AJ King, Bunche Park, Walt Frazier Park at Carol City and for grades 6-8 at Norwood Park.
July is particularly exciting as it is Parks and Recreation Month. Shakespeare invites, “To celebrate, let’s recreate! Summer is here, let’s get outside and enjoy our parks!” Miami Gardens will have various special events and activities planned for the entire month of July, so continue to visit the City’s website for details.
Do you have a birthday or special occasion coming up this summer? Miami Gardens Parks and Recreation facilities are open for rentals. To inquire, please call the Administrative Office at 305-622-8080 for availability and rental fees.
Looking ahead, the City is also working towards finishing more of their park renovations. “In the coming year we hope to have Lester Brown Park and Bennett Lifter Park completed and open for our residents to enjoy,” says Shakespeare.
If you’re interested in dedicating your time to Parks and Recreation, she encourages energetic individuals to apply to be a parks professional as there are lifeguard, coaching and instructor positions currently open.
Full time, part-time and summer Parks and Recreation positions are now available. To apply, visit the City website at www.miamigardens-fl.gov