To help support a world-class parks system for Miami-Dade County residents and visitors by creating a healthier, more livable and sustainable community through quality programming, facilities and events. Unfortunately after Hurricane Irma, many of our parks suffered damages including loss of trees, flooding, building damage, damages to structures like playgrounds and shelters, and more. Funds include the new Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, as well as our well established Fit2Play (TM) Scholarship, Learn2swim Scholarship, and the Million Trees Miami funds.
Million Trees Miami Tree Planting at Liberty City Elementary School.
Children participating in a learn to swim class.
Tragically, as Hurricane Irma ripped through our state, she left serious destruction of Miami-Dade’s historical and beautiful parks. These precious lands have suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Irma and the effects are county-wide. Crews have been working non-stop, with additional assistance from community volunteers, to restore and reopen our natural landmarks for the enjoyment of the community.
Children playing on the new playground at Gratigny Plateau Park, a neighborhood park that was transformed from three parcels of land into a beautiful park with fitness stations, playground, butterfly garden, walkways, and benches. This extreme park makeover was made possible thanks to generous sponsors and donors to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade Parks' Fit2Play Afterschool program is a nationally-acclaimed and proven program designed to help kids discover the ''fun'' in fitness and develop healthy habits for a lifetime. Kids receive homework help, followed by fully-supervised activities focused on fitness, nutrition and wellness and sports like golf and tennis, while also developing their appreciation of nature, science and the cultural arts.
Fit2Play Scholarship Fund
The Fit2Play Scholarship Fund was founded to ensure that every child in Miami-Dade County has access to quality summer camp and afterschool programs at Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Scholarships are awarded to Miami-Dade children and youth who do not have the financial means to participate in fee-based recreational programs and activities.
Through Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's Fit2Play Summer Camp and Afterschool programs, children from all walks of life are receiving structured, comprehensive and fun recreational experiences. They receive health and wellness education to live a healthy lifestyle. The program provides homework help, followed by evidenced-based physical fitness education and activities. Children learn basics of nutrition and life-long sports such as golf and tennis.
Every child deserves the safe places, wide open spaces, and sense of community that Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces can provide.
Learn2Swim Scholarship Fund
The Learn2Swim Scholarship Fund provides water safety information and beginner learn-to-swim lessons to underserved children in Miami-Dade County at 19 Miami-Dade Parks pools. To date, over 3,000 children have received learn-to-swim scholarships from the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.
Million Trees Miami Fund
The Million TREES Miami campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30% tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Currently, Miami-Dade's tree canopy is approximately 14 %. Million TREES Miami was born of the idea that a healthy and sustainable urban forest provides significant social, economic, and environmental benefits that foster a high quality, livable, vibrant, and beautiful community. Donations to Million TREES Miami Fund helps offset the cost of trees and equipment needed for tree plantings.
Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade has launched the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund for Miami-Dade Parks and is committed to working to restore and rebuild these parks for the community to enjoy. Parks need to rebuild playgrounds, replant hundreds of lost trees, restore historic buildings like the coral rock building severely damaged at Matheson Hammock Park, and reopen many of our attractions and Heritage Parks that are iconic landmarks in this community.