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Tamiami Park Welcomes New Autism Playground

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There is new “Superheroes Garden Autism Playground” at Tamiami Park, located next to the park’s pool, at 11201 SW 24 St., Miami. The new 4,220-square-foot sensory playground and garden, specifically designed for children with autism, is the first of its kind for the Miami-Dade Parks system.

The ADA-accessible playground features the following:

  • “Whirl”
  • “Spinami” motion play spinner
  • “Adventure Crawl Tube”
  • “Cozy Cocoon”
  • play berm
  • sensory play panels
  • engineered wood fiber safety surfacing
  • assorted native trees and plants
  • five-foot-high fence with a privacy screen
  • park benches
  • ADA-accessible walkway

Park Ribbon-Cutting Event Open to the Public

On Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10 a.m., Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will join Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez (District 11) and the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department at the new playground for the official dedication and ribbon-cutting.  All are welcome to attend.

The cost for the new development was approximately $131,000. Funding was provided by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (BBC-GOB) Program.

“This is truly a remarkable playground,” said Mayor Gimenez. “This much needed facility will enrich the lives of children with autism in our community.  I commend the Parks Department for this new park development and their great strides to help build a better Miami-Dade County.”

“I am thrilled to see this project completed,” said Commissioner Martinez. “This new autism playground is a great addition to Tamiami Park, home to the Miracle League adapted baseball field for kids. It touches my heart to know that exceptional recreation features these, provide more opportunities for kids with special needs to exercise and be outdoors. I am sure this playground will be well-used for years to come.”

“Miami-Dade Parks is happy to provide this awesome Superheroes Garden Autism Playground at Tamiami Park,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Maria I. Nardi.

It [the park] provides a safe and relaxing play space for children with autism. This is a great example of how the Parks Department is beautifying and revitalizing our parks system, by creating sustainable and accessible recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. We want to see everyone enjoying our parks -Miami-Dade Parks Director Nardi.


About Miami-Dade Parks

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

2019 marks the 90th anniversary of Miami-Dade Parks!

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios, 305-755-7848,, at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request.  TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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