MIAMI — Miami-Dade County officials have announced the grand re-opening of Olinda Park. Residents and guests are invited to join them on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. for the ribbon-cutting ceremonies, followed by family style festivities at the park, 2101 N.W. 51 St. in Miami.
The county Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Public Works, Waste Management Department (PWWM) and District 3 Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson announced the reopening.
The 6.4-acre park has been closed for the past two years as part of an improvement project that involved soil remediation and facility upgrades. Officials said the grounds effort, headed up by PWWM, consisted of the removal and proper disposal of contaminated soil and the placement of a geo-synthetic clay liner overlaid with two or more feet of clean fill.
As part of the facility updates, the park’s 4,700-square-foot playground was covered with artificial turf and has a new 36-foot by 48-foot shade canopy. The nearby recreation center was pressure-cleaned and painted, cabinets were repaired and roofing upgrades were made. The facility also received a new air conditioning system, new lighting fixtures, new acoustical ceiling tiles and new floor tiles. Aging water and sewer lines were replaced, and drainage and irrigation systems upgraded, officials said.
New amenities for the park include a new expanded perimeter lighted walkway and a new expanded lighted parking lot that features “LED” high efficiency lighting fixtures, a new 46-foot by 80-foot multi-purpose court, new basketball court lighting, new basketball court bleachers, new high efficiency sports court lighting fixtures, new park benches, new barbecue grills, new ADA accessible picnic tables, a new bike rack, a new “open play” recreational sports field, and a new fitness court.
Officials said the total improvement project cost was $2,236,000, with financing provided through the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program, a Community Development Block Grant, Capital Outlay Reserve Funds, a Utility Service Fee, and impact fees.
The re-opening will include music, a kids bounce house, free popcorn and snow cones, flag football and volleyball competitions, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s helicopter and crime prevention bus tours, officials said. Parents will also have an opportunity to register their kids for Miami-Dade County Parks’ Fit2Play, Green-It-Up Summer Camp program.
“To what began as a health concern to those residents and surrounding areas of the Park, in the end, residents of District 3 and Miami-Dade County will be able to play, participate in recreational activities and relax in a park that is safe from contamination,” said Edmonson.
“Residents and their children have eagerly awaited this day. I am excited for the grand opening and all its new features for all to enjoy.”
“Throughout the clean-up and recovery effort, we worked closely with residents to update the park’s amenities and add new ones that better serve the neighborhood’s needs,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “We are pleased to have this park open to the public.”
For other information about activities and programs at Olinda Park, visit miamidade.gov or call 305-633-4066.