Over the last nine decades, Miami-Dade Parks has evolved into:
- 270 parks
- Six golf courses
- More than 10 miles of beaches
- Six marinas; campgrounds
- Dozens of pools
- 13,573 acres of land
- Attractions like Zoo Miami, Deering Estate, the Crandon Park Tennis Center and more
- Becoming the third largest county park system in the United States, and one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.
Celebrate Miami-Dade Parks’ 90th anniversary with one of this year's signature celebrations:
Bike305 Bike to Work kicks off Bike Month in Miami-Dade! - March 1
Residents are asked to leave their cars behind and join the ride, if only for this one day, to reduce traffic congestion and experience the stress-relieving health benefits of pedaling a bike. Stay tuned for details and a complete calendar of monthlong activities at Bike305.com.
Day in the Park - March 2
Countywide event at Crandon, Greynolds, Haulover, Homestead Bayfront, Fruit & Spice and the Deering Estate. Each park will be hosting its own unique activities and offering discounts or freebies! Contact the park of interest for times and more details.
29th annual Asian Culture Festival - March 2-3
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fruit & Spice Park. Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of Asian arts, crafts, entertainment, plants and exotic cuisine. Admission: $12; children ages 6-12: $5; free for age 5 and under.
31st annual In the Company of Women Awards ceremony and dinner - March 7
6-9 p.m. at the Coral Gables Country Club. Presented by Miami-Dade Parks in partnership with the Miami-Dade Commission for Women and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. Buy tickets and see the list of award winners.
15th annual Deering Seafood Festival - March 31
10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Deering Estate. Scrumptious seafood, celebrity chef demos, kids’ games and rides, live entertainment, educational activities and more! Adults: $20 in advance, $25-at gate; children ages 4-14: $7 in advance, $10-at gate.
Redland Blues & Barbeque Festival - April 6 -7
10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Fruit & Spice Park. The festival features award-winning BBQ and incredible blues and country music. Lots of children’s activities including pony rides will be available.
Miami International Agricultural, Horse and Cattle Show - April 12-14
Doors open at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday at Tropical Park. Admission is $3; free for children under age 12. Enjoy a day of live music, educational booths, agri-business and livestock product vendors, equestrian shows, dog obedience demonstrations, kids' activities and more. Visit website for updates.
Miami-Dade Parks History
In 1929, A.D. “Doug” Barnes became the first employee and later became known as the father of Miami-Dade Parks when he persuaded Commodore Matheson to donate 80 acres of land for the first county park, Matheson Hammock. While the world was struggling during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Miami-Dade park system was beginning to take shape largely in part because of President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program which provided manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources (parks). These men cleared land, engineered paths and roadways, dredged canals, quarried stones, and built the iconic structures that would symbolize our heritage parks.
Today, Miami-Dade Parks has created an award-winning park system that is more than just playgrounds and athletic fields. With high-quality out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs, as well as activities for active older adults and people with disabilities, nature centers and the preservation of national areas, the department’s foundation rests on three its pillars: Health & Fitness, Conservations & Stewardship and Placemaking.
Supporting its efforts is the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, a non-profit 501(c) (3).
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