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Miami-Dade County Fla., dedicates park facilities.

Miami-Dade County, Fla., dedicated new development, including three regulation-sized soccer fields and a barrier-free playground, at Tamiami Park on July 12.

Students from the Soccer Academy of the Americas, the Real Madrid professional team-sponsored school at the park, played exhibition games on the new fields after the dedication ceremony. After the ribbon-cutting, dignitaries, including District 11 Commissioner Joe Martinez and Spain's Consul General, Santiago Cabanas, kicked soccer balls into the goals.

The project, which includes the three fields with Celebration Bermuda grass, an irrigation system with pump and well, electrical and drainage systems, lights, bleachers, a parking lot and walkways, completes the final phase of development of this section of the park. Construction of baseball fields began in 2004, followed by a restroom building to service both the baseball and soccer fields.

Also dedicated was Miami-Dade's second barrier-free playground, which features two play areas, one for children ages two to five, and another for children ages six to twelve. The units appeal to children with or without disabilities and are designed to encourage their interaction.

The playground is designed to appeal to the senses of touch, movement, sight and sound to enhance each child's unique ability to enjoy the challenges at his own developmental level. Ramps were incorporated to allow wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices to access upper levels, with maximum attention given to the safety of each child.

Details: Edith Torres at (305) 755-7862 or etorres@miamidade.gov
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Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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