This year, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department celebrates 90 years of inspiring people to Live A Park Life, and everyone is invited to the yearlong party.
Visit miamidade.gov for a list of celebrations and be sure to mark your calendar for this mega family fun “Day in the Park” event on Saturday, Mar. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at park locations countywide.
“There is no question that Miami-Dade parks make lives better,” said Miami-Dade Parks director Maria I. Nardi. “Throughout these 90 years, the Parks Department has been there for families through the generations, providing opportunities to gather for high-quality sports, recreation, community events, and environmental activities that identify our park systems’ unique natural, cultural and historical heritage.”
She noted that this year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Miami-Dade Parks Open Space Master Plan, which was unanimously approved by county commissioners to create a seamless, sustainable, beautiful, accessible, equitable parks system that offers multiple benefits.
“When you step out from your front door onto a sidewalk, you have entered a park-like realm connected by greenways, trails, waterways and complete streets that serve as linear parks. This shared vision would not be possible without our parks supporters and residents who want a more livable community through parks,” she added. “I encourage everyone to visit these Miami-Dade parks for the Day in the Park and discover all the enjoyment that the Parks Department has to offer.”
Area Miami-Dade Parks “Day in the Park” locations include:
Homestead Bayfront Park, 9698 N. Canal Drive, Homestead
Activities will take place at the Atoll pool and include:
• Free! Music DJ, live performances, and a bounce house
• Discounted kayak, canoe, and bike rentals
• Discounted food at La Playa Grill
• Parking is $7 per car.
Other “Day in the Park” locations will include Miller Drive/Raices, North Trail, and South Dade parks, with each park hosting its own unique activities. Contact the park of interest for updates.
Miami-Dade Parks also presents these signature celebrations on Mar. 2:
7th Annual Archaeology Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Palmetto Bay, includes archaeology demonstrations, activity booths provided by partner organizations, and walking tours of the natural areas; admission is $10 for adult, $7 per child (ages 4-14); free for kids ages 3 and under;
29th Annual Asian Culture Festival — Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes Asian crafts, art, exotic music and dance, and vendors selling a tasty selection of authentic Far Eastern cuisine. Admission fee is $12, adult; $5, child (ages 6-12); free for kids ages 5 and under.