olinda-park-cc-fc.jpgMIAMI – Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson hailed the occasion as “eagerly awaited and much welcomed” as she and Mayor Carlos Gimenez cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished Olinda Park in Miami on June 8.

In addition to residents and local children, they were joined at the park, 2101 N.W. 51st St., by staff from the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) and Public Works and Waste Management departments (PWWM), as well as representatives from United Health Care and McGruff the Crime Watch Dog from Miami-Dade Crime Watchers.

“This project began as a response to a health issue by our Parks Dept.,” Edmonson said of the facility that had been closed for cleanup and upgrades.

“But we took the opportunity to make some changes so that the  residents of this area, particularly the children, could benefit from a ‘new’ park where they could play and exercise. This has been a collaborative project and I thank all the county personnel who contributed to making Olinda Park a recreational gem.”

The park was closed for two years so that PWWM could remove contaminated soil and place a geo-synthetic liner filled with two-plus feet of clean fill, officials said.

PROS refurbished the park by installing new amenities such as a canopied playground, a fitness court, high-efficiency lighting, picnic tables and grills, new bleachers and play areas, among others, as well as other upgrades.