Celebration slated June 12 to reopen once-contaminated park in Hammocks

Hammocks residents are expected to turn out in the hundreds on June 12 to celebrate reopening of the Hammocks Community Park, 9885 Hammocks Blvd., renovated with new landscaping and sod following an extensive decontamination program.

Miami-Dade District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, with co-sponsors Coca- Cola and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, will provide free food and beverages to celebrate a new sod cover, pavers, improved tree canopies and new shelters. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. and include a bounce house, face painting and other activities to entertain youngsters.

For more than 300 Optimist Baseball players, it means returning to their summer schedule after the program was temporarily moved to Devon Aire Park in 2014. It also means the resumption of other sports programs at the park.

A $2.2 million contract was required to remove topsoil and replace it with 62,000 yards of fill and a new sod cover.

Built in 1986, the 15-acre park was among the first of 112 county parks to be tested for potential contamination. Seven parks in the City of Miami also were found to have some areas requiring remediation.

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