About Parks 305
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 Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. To help increase the County’s social, economic and environmental values and overall livability and visitor experience, Miami-Dade Parks created and is implementing the Open Space Master Plan. The plan creates a healthier, greener and more economically vibrant community, built on principles of equity, access, beauty, seamlessness, sustainability and multiple benefits. Conservation and stewardship are an integral part of Miami-Dade Parks’ management practices. The department maintains 26,000 acres of natural areas including the Western Greenway and its conservation plan protects the fresh water of the Everglades and addresses adaptation to climate change. An expanding landscape of native trees and vegetation offers low cost and natural solutions to issues of rising sea levels, storm water runoff and air pollution.
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, Parks305.org will help you find a park, program or special event that’s near you!
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.
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.
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.