naranja_pool_web.jpgMIAMI — Families are invited to wear their swimsuits and join the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss on Friday, July 13 as they celebrate the grand opening of the newly updated community pool at Naranja Park, 14150 S.W. 264th St., Miami. The opening ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m.

The pool is seasonal, open during the ten-week summer program and is accessible to all with a pool lift.  Public access is offered from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Pool admission is $1.50 for children, adults, and seniors. Morning and afternoon Learn-to-Swim classes are taught by certified water safety instructors for adults and children as young as 2 years old. For pool information call 305-257-0404.

“This community has been given an incredible gift,” said Commissioner Moss. “With the summer heat upon us, this first -class pool couldn’t have opened at a better time.”

The new development is an example of the Miami-Dade Parks Master Plan mission to connect people and parks for life. The pool and pool building both received extensive renovations. The 5,545-square-foot pool and pool deck were resurfaced, and the pool was outfitted with a new pump and filtration system, as well as a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved pool lift and Aqua Trek Ladder for people with disabilities. 

The showpiece of the improved pool is a 1,552-square-foot splash playground that features a tube slide, dancing floor jets, water cannons, and other assorted sprinklers. There are also new lifeguard chairs, new shaded bleachers, and new “funbrellas” to add shade to the pool deck and splash playground. The pool building was reconstructed with updated shower and locker rooms, and staff offices. The entire facility is ADA accessible. 

The cost to complete the project was $2,257,800, with financing from the Building Better Communities Bond Program, the Safe Neighborhood Parks Program and the Quality Neighborhood Improvements Program.

“These new pool facilities will offer residents fun, physical activities like swimming,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “With Miami-Dade Parks’ Learn-to-Swim classes at this facility and pools countywide, children and adults have a great opportunity to take the plunge and enjoy a swim in the pool this summer.”

The 10-acre Naranja Park also contains a baseball/softball field, a multi-purpose soccer/football field, basketball courts, a recreation center, and a children’s playground. The park also offers facility rentals; as well as Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps, and Out-of-School programs for children. 

For more information contact the Naranja Park office at 305-258-1945 or visit miamidade.gov/parks