Mission Statement: To enrich and inspire the community by delivering a world-class park system that is safe, accessible, and facilitates a healthy and happy quality of life.
The Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Department delivers quality of life services to all ages through active senior program, teen engagement programs, services for persons with disabilities, and youth-serving programs through seasonal camps, sports, learn-to-swim, and Science Technology Recreation Engineering Arts and Math (STREAM) programming. The Department continues to initiate health, wellness, and obesity prevention campaigns for City of Miami residents of all ages.
Contributing to the Administration’s Priority of Quality of Life, the Department provides 147 parks totaling more than 1,400 acres, 12 swimming pool facilities, 43 community centers, four gymnasiums, the Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center, the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace, the Ichimura Japanese Garden, the Grapeland Water Park, and the Melreese Golf Course.
The Department also offers services at the Virginia Key mountain bike trails, walking trails, and beaches, as well as three natural areas designated as Natural Forest Communities that include a Visitor’s Center at Simpson Hammock Park, the Virginia Key 32-acre hammock restoration and interpretive trail, and the hammock at Alice Wainwright Park. The Department offers recreation and leisure opportunities that appeal to all interests and abilities and encourage a connection with the outdoors as well as an active and healthy lifestyle. Stakeholders include City residents and visitors to the City of Miami.