District 2 Comm. Monestime to unveil plans for community park

Miami Times staff report | 7/17/2014, 9 a.m.

Residents in Miami-Dade’s Twin Lakes area are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the intersection of NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue, as they unveil a proposed general plan for the  future Twin Lakes Park. 

 The future park will consist of three parcels of land totaling 3.7 acres, which will be acquired at no cost through Miami-Dade County’s Public Housing and Community Development Department.  The park will be acquired and developed in two phases.  Phase



one includes the acquisition of the most northern 2.2 acre land parcel at NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue; and the construction of amenities, such as a walking path, a picnic pavilion, a playground, a fitness area, shade trees, benches, and a park sign.  The later-half of this phase includes the development of a sidewalk along the NW 12 Avenue right-of-way, lined by shade trees. Phase two includes the acquisition of two adjoining parcels totaling 1.5 acres along NW 12 Avenue and the addition of similar passive and active recreational amenities.

 Funding for the development of this new park will be provided by Building Better Communities (BBC) General Obligation Bonds (GOB) and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). 

 “The green infrastructure planned for Twin Lakes Park brings people outdoors and is an investment in the health and well-being of residents,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “We look forward to seeing more great progress in the development of this future Miami-Dade park.” 

“This new park is in line with my vision and my commitment to create more green space for the residents of my District.  I am proud that we have been able to create the first new park in District 2 in years.  I appreciate the support and cooperation that I have received from the Mayor’s office, and from Parks and Open Spaces, Public Housing and Community Development, and the Public Works and Waste Management Departments,” said Commissioner Monestime. “

 “We are very pleased with the development plan for the new Twin Lakes Park. This project represents our commitment to build parks that beautify neighborhoods, creating a sense of place where people can recreate, benefit from nature and feel a sense of community,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.