[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E494-E495]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                      CELEBRATING MIAMI-DADE PARKS


                         HON. DONNA E. SHALALA

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, April 29, 2019

  Ms. SHALALA. Madam Speaker, I rise today in celebration of Miami-Dade 
Parks' 90 years of service to our community. South Florida is blessed 
with abundant green spaces and outdoor attractions. From the luscious 
Chapman Field Park to the historic Deering Estate to the countless dog 
parks nestled in quiet neighborhoods, residents of Miami-Dade are 
fortunate to have access to such spectacular natural areas.

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  As the third-largest county park system in the United States, Miami-
Dade Parks is a staple of our community. Founded in 1929 and now 
covering 270 parks and over 13 thousand acres of land, Miami-Dade Parks 
has spent 90 years providing all of South Florida with opportunities to 
explore our natural heritage and enjoy the outdoors. In addition to 
leading environmental restoration efforts and cultural programs, Miami-
Dade Parks offers summer camps and fitness programs for children, 
adults, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  Miami-Dade Parks brings our community together by helping all of us 
enjoy the beauty of South Florida's natural wonders together. We are 
better friends to the environment and to each other thanks to the 
incredible work of this department. I hope my fellow Miami-Dade 
residents join me in celebrating Miami-Dade Parks by renewing our 
dedication to protecting our shared natural spaces.