Department of Parks and Recreation, Director Fanny Carmona-Gonzalez

Mission Statement:
Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, directing, and administering all activities related to our parks system and recreation programming, special events, and community outreach programs.


Today's Headlines

In an effort to bring the southern-most playing field at Coral Reef Park up to standards with the rest of the park, the "green" space between the tennis courts and SW 152 St. will be closed for several weeks -- effective immediately as crews re-seed and re-sod. Check back here, Facebook, and Twitter for details. APR 25, 2015

Earth Day is so big in Palmetto Bay it takes a full week to celebrate. Villagers are invited to take part in a wide range of entirely green activities, free to the public, April 19-26. See more on the "Village Green," Palmetto Bay's environmental website offering green news, information, and resources. APR 19, 2015

Registration begins May 4 for the Village's two summer camp programs: Camp Palmetto Bay and Tennis Camp -- both at Coral Reef Park. Call Village Hall for details at 305-259-1234. Both camps start June 8. MAY 4, 2015


Visit our Thalatta Estate Park webpage for news and information about the numerous programs hosted there by the Village through 2015. Read more about our Educational Series and Gardening Workshops. If you are looking for a venue for your next big affair, visit our helpful Thalatta events website. APR 9, 2015

Palmetto Bay Broncos announce registration for the 2015 football/cheer season. Get details on program fees, age restrictions, and other requirements. Please note: the season begins Aug. 1; and players MUST attend the registration event (check dates) for official weigh-in. MAR 6, 2015

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Department News

Picked the Flick ... According to a recent survey, residents want most to see "Rio 2" on April 25, part of the Village's Earth Week celebration at Coral Reef Park, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. APR 25, 2015

Preserve Maintenance ... Maintenance crews completed initial work in January in the Preserve area of Coral Reef Park. There will be follow-up work scheduled on an as-needed basis. JAN. 28, 2015

Thalatta Program Survey ... Thanks for sharing input on our 2014 events/programs at Thalatta Estate in this survey. The more input from park-goers the better we may serve you. JAN 15, 2015

Service Animals ... Other than Perrine Wayside Dog Park, domestic pets are not allowed in our parks – with the exception of service animals that to accompany with disabilities. Please be patient if our staff must ask you, however, as there have been multiple abuses of the ADA law. NOV 06, 2014

Coral Reef Park Video ... Palmetto Bay's Village parks video series launched last fall with a destination piece on Coral Reef Park. Narrated by Summer Camp Counselor Neal Simmons, the Ludovici Park feature is set for a January release. See photos recently shot during production. JAN 4, 2013

Thalatta Estate Website ... If you like Thalatta Estate Park, now you may really "Like" it. The Facebook was been created to showcase our beautiful natural park and many of the events there. NOV 14, 2012

BIKE305 Initiative ... Palmetto Bay is one of several municipalities partnering with Miami-Dade's Bike305 Initiative -- a fun, healthy way to explore and connect with neighboring communities. Read more. MAR 15, 2013

Meditation Garden ... The Ken Robinson Meditation Garden at Coral Reef Park is the perfect venue to host a small wedding or reception -- or simply to meditate. Contact us or call 305-234-6383. JAN 4, 2013

Free Community Room ... Nonprofits, charitable organizations, and community groups may host free meetings in the Edward & Arlene Feller Community Room (EAF). Read this ordinance. For info, availability, or an application contact us in writing or call 305-259-1234. JUN 14, 2012

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Parks Calendar & Program Contacts

April Calendar

Programming Contacts

Village Park Facilities; Explore the Outdoors!

Please click on the park name to explore each facility.

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About Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the planning, organizing, supervising, directing and administering of all activities related to parks and recreation, special events and community outreach programs. To that extent, the Department directs and coordinates the installation and maintenance of park facilities including park structures and landscaped areas in the parks, prepares bid specifications and project cost estimates for park maintenance outsource contracts, and administers all aspects of said contracts.

The Parks and Recreation Department manages the Village of Palmetto Bay system of local and regional parks which create a compilation of beautiful park facilities.  Ranging from serene to active, educational to recreational, and relaxing to exercising, the parks offer a myriad of rewarding activities for all to enjoy.

The "Village of Parks" is home to seven recreational facilities, including the beautiful Charles Deering Estate and Bill Sadowski Park, which are managed by Miami-Dade County.

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Department Goals

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the planning, organizing, supervising, directing and administering of all activities related to parks and recreation, special events and community outreach programs.

The specific goals of the Department are to:

  • Enhance parks safety and security during special events, home games, tournaments and before and after hours.
  • Seek professional development for Director in all aspects of municipal government and continue to grow all parks and recreation personnel.
  • Enhance recruitment of professional parks and recreation staff.
  • Continue to seek sponsorships and donations for programming, special events and enhancement of parks.
  • Expand in house recreational programming.
  • Explore best practices to efficiently and fiscally operate and manage multiple concessions.
  • Continue to enhance parks grounds & turf using professional in house staff, developing specific maintenance programs.
  • Continue to support Village “Green Initiatives” through commitment to environmental education and conservation.
  • Continue to promote and require attendance of management personnel to attend state and national conferences to keep up with certifications and industry initiatives.
  • Continue to encourage the cooperation between the village and neighborhood schools.
  • Continue to seek innovative and creative ways to improve on operations & expenditures, and look for ways to increase revenue.
  • Continue to work with Public Works, PIO, and Police to enhance, promote and protect our park facilities.
  • Promote and enhance communications emphasizing the importance of prioritizing and time management.
  • Continue to work with contractors/vendors to enhance and repair park facilities.

Forms and Documents

FEE SCHEDULE: Park Facilities and Photography Fees
ORDINANCE: Park Rules & Regulations
PERMIT APPLICATION - Facility Rental Agreement
CREDIT CARD - Authorization Form

Staff and Contact Information

Village Department of Parks & Recreation (305) 259-1234

Administrative Operations
Fanny Carmona, Director
Josie Bober, Administrative Assistant
Kirk Hearin, Parks & Recreation Manager
Saylin Paez, Events & Programs Coordinator

Thalatta Estate & Ludovici Park
Collin Wells, Park Supervisor
Vanessa Binns, Park Reservations Specialist

Coral Reef Park
Luis “Marty” Tejeda, Park Supervisor

Palmetto Bay Park & Perrine Wayside (Dog) Park
Paul Di Muont, Park Supervisor

Valentin Garcia, Grounds/Facility Maintenance Supervisor

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