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About Parks 305

Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade | Make Healthy Happen

The Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade serves as a catalyst for healthy living in Miami-Dade County through the support and strengthening of sustainable policies, systems and environments. The Consortium is comprised of over 400 organizations, all united by the common belief that through collaboration and prevention-focused initiatives, Miami-Dade County residents can live longer, happier and healthier lives. Consortium initiatives are guided by the goals and objectives established in Healthy People 2020, the blueprint for health in the United States. Healthy People 2020 is a comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda that contains objectives designed to serve as a framework for improving the health of all people in the United States. To learn more about the Consortium, visit the Make Healthy Happen Miami web pages.

Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Miami-Dade County’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department builds, operates, manages and maintains one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the country, consisting of over 270 parks and 13,800 acres of passive and active park lands. The Department’s focus is to provide opportunities for health, happiness and prosperity for residents and visitors of Miami-Dade County through the Parks and Open Space Master Plan, consisting of a connected system of parks, public spaces, natural and historic resources, greenways, blueways and complete streets, guided by the principles of access,  equity, beauty, sustainability, and multiple benefits.

The Department works to provide park and recreation services to address the significant impacts afflicting people, the environment and economy of Miami-Dade County. It operates both as a countywide park system serving 2.8 million residents and as a local parks department for the unincorporated area, serving approximately 1.2 million residents.

The Department manages over 26,000 acres of environmentally endangered lands and natural and environmental experiences are offered through five nature centers/preserves and EcoAdventure programs. Education in agriculture, sustainable gardening, marine science, food and nutrition is provided through the Department’s Agriculture and Cooperative Extension Services. The Department also manages revenue generating facilities including six golf courses, one tennis center, six marinas, Deering Estate, Fruit & Spice Park, Trail Glades Range and Zoo Miami. It was the first park and recreation agency serving over 2 million residents to be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and continues to be accredited.

This web application is your one-stop resource for information on county, municipal, state and federal parks in Miami-Dade. Made possible through funding from the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant, the website was launched to help you discover, explore and experience park activities that challenge your abilities or bring your closer to your loved ones. Whatever your tastes, will help you find a park, program or special event that’s near you!

South Florida Parks Coalition

The South Florida Parks Coalition is an alliance of municipal, state and federal park agencies who strive to foster a seamless, connected and sustainable parks system for the South Florida region. The Coalition meets, collaborates, shares knowledge and best practices and is rooted in the fundamental values of recreation and environmental stewardship.

University of Miami

The University of Miami Is a private research university with more than 16,000 students from around the world, who participate in a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, engaged in the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond. UM’s Built Environment, Behavior & Health Research Group has contributed direction on the design and overall layout of Parks 305, along with the key healthy messaging content and deep dive studies to shed light on the benefits parks bring to overall health and well-being.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant

The PICH grant is a three-year initiative that supports the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve the health of communities and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease. PICH builds on a body of knowledge developed through previously funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs and encourages collaborations with a multi-sectoral coalition to implement sustainable changes in communities where people live, learn, work, and play.