Starting this fall, a park in northeast Miami-Dade will have new bleachers, lighting, grass and even Wi-Fi on its soccer field.
The Oak Grove Park soccer field in North Miami has been closed since Jan. 24, but Miami Dade County Parks Director Maria Nardi said renovations are expected to be complete this fall.
A groundbreaking celebration was held Friday at the park, where Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime spoke about the importance of investing in parks.
“We need to integrate technology into everything we do because it’s good for kids,” Monestime said. “If they use the park they come here to train and they can sit and work and do their homework too. That’s a good thing. But it’s not just the kids, it’s the young adults , it’s the old people you see here, it’s everyone.”
Levine Cava also spoke about the importance of all the skills children can learn through sports outside of their physical well-being.
“It will attract young people, they will learn sports, but also learn teamwork, they will learn leadership skills,” she said. “Maybe we’ll have the next Pelé, right here.”
Nardi said a survey found county residents prioritize parks and believe the government should invest in them for the long-term health of the community.
“The community loves playing football on this pitch,” Nardi said. “It’s used a lot.”