A Miami-Dade park underwent a transformation Wednesday as part of a healthy change for the community.
West Perrine Park, located at 10301 SW 170th Terrace, is part of the first Fitness Zone program in the county. The Trust for Public Land teamed up with Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation to launch the program for children ages 13 and up. Their goal is to increase exercise and address the nation’s growing obesity epidemic.
“We hope that people will get out, exercise in their parks, in their neighborhoods, and that they will be fitter and feel much better about themselves and their community,” said Fitness Zone program director Brenda McClymonds.
Shawn Ramirez, the Miami-Dade Parks wellness and fitness coordinator, told NBC 6 the park is free of charge and gives community members the chance to come outdoors.
“In these tough economic times, people are coming out here, being able to come out here for free, being able to get the most out of the parks, and that’s really what we’re trying to do is be that community leader and be the difference,” Ramirez said.
During the park’s dedication Wednesday, families, community leaders and professional athletes came to the newly transformed park. Former Miami Heat player Tim Hardaway and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez took time to shoot some hoops with a few children.
“I love giving back and I’m supporting everything the city is doing for kids,” Hardaway said.
Gimenez told NBC 6 the park will benefit the community.
“Now they have this fitness center here too, so again, it enhances the feeling of the community and the community experience as a whole,” Gimenez said.