jean_monestime_web.jpgNORTH MIAMI — Soccer in the Miami area is expected to get a boost  Saturday when Miami-Dade County opens a new soccer field at Oak Grove Park, 690 N.E. 159th St., North Miami.

District 2 County Commissioner Jean Monestime and officials of Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will preside over the event slated for 1 p.m.

Monestime led the way on the County Commission for the construction of the 195-foot by 330-foot regulation-size soccer playing field, complete with field goals. The facility was built by Miami-Dade County Parks’ Design/Build Team and was funded by $235,000  from the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bonds. 

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to fulfill a commitment I made to the Oak Grove area residents,” Monestime said in a statement.  “This high-quality soccer facility will motivate the children of the neighborhood to become more physically active and healthy, given this community’s passion for this sport.”

Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys added, “Soccer is really popular at Oak Grove Park. By identifying an under-utilized baseball field and repurposing it, we were able to create a cost effective solution that provides residents with a safe place to enjoy quality leisure and recreation time with their children and neighbors, as they play the sport that they love.”

The 22-acre Oak Grove Park also contains a five-acre lake, a three-acre hardwood hammock, four tennis courts and a small recreation center.  Plans for the park include a domino shelter and additional walkway lighting.

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Photo: Jean Monestime