New Tree Island Park and Preserve brings unique nature-centered outdoor recreation opportunities to west-central unincorporated Miami-Dade County
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Department has completed development of a new 120-acre community park and prairie / tree island conservation area in west-central Miami-Dade County. The park is the first of its kind for the rapidly growing residential area and offers unique, natural, outdoor recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Joe A. Martinez, Miami-Dade County’s 11th District Commissioner and Maria I. Nardi, Miami-Dade County Parks Director is connected by members of the community officially inaugurate and open the new Tree Island Park and Preserve, located at 1100 SW 147 Ave., Miami.
The park has a 4,666-square-foot playground for children with slides, swings, steppers, spinners, a climbing net and much more. There is also an illuminated fitness area, a toilet building, two picnic shelters with picnic tables and grills, a dog park with separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, dog cleaning stations and water fountains, an illuminated connecting path and an illuminated parking lot with 53 parking spaces, six charging stations for electric vehicles and parking spaces off-road. Park facilities include park benches, litter bins, and bike racks. The area is surrounded by new plantings of native plants and trees that attract butterflies, including live oaks, gumbo limbos, and wild tamarinds. The surrounding nature reserve comprises 20 hectares of native tree islands (water hammocks) and 50 hectares of muhlygrass (marl prairie), which are characteristic habitats for Florida’s East Everglades.
The new park development has a “green” infrastructure that is in line with the district’s resilience initiative. The project included the implementation of drought tolerant native landscaping (xeriscaping) throughout the park, energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures, charging stations for electric vehicles and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified toilet building with a metal roof. Developed to reduce the building’s energy consumption and unwanted heat gain.
Commented Commissioner Martinez, “It doesn’t get any better than our District 11 ward with a shiny new gem like Tree Island Park and Preserve. I congratulate the park department on their great job here. Parks like this one vastly improve the neighborhood and the way we live our lives. I look forward to seeing neighbors come to the park and take advantage of these wonderful park facilities. The lighting gives them the added bonus of extending their walks and workouts after the sun has set. “
Park Director Nardi said: “I am very pleased with the completion of this park development. It is extraordinary to see the vision for this park come true. Now more than ever, we need parks with beautiful surroundings so that people can spend more time in the great outdoors and experience the many health and health benefits of parks and greenery. By connecting people to parks, they develop an appreciation for nature and the natural environment, such as this precious wetland prairie and tree island reserve. In this way, the park department works to build a resilient and sustainable park system for this and future generations. “
The property was acquired by Miami-Dade County on February 11, 2000. The development was completed by the park division in collaboration with contractor HG Construction Development & Investment, Inc.
The cost to complete the project was approximately $ 6,258,276. It was financed through the BBC GOB (Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond) program and the Impact Fees.
All COVID-19 New Normal Guidelines are followed at this park, including the obligation of all Miami-Dade County parks employees and visitors to wear face coverings and maintain social distance between individuals and separation between groups.
For more information and directions to Tree Island Park and Preserve, call 786-315-5295 (Tamiami Park office).