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.

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HOWARD PALMETTO BASEBALL/SOFTBALL WINTER REGISTRATION
Howard Palmetto Baseball and Softball registration is now in full swing! One-time fees are: baseball $219; T-ball $185; and softball $195; and include a full uniform, practices/games at parks with umpires; league picnic, movie night; and trophies. Sign up your kids now to have great fun and make new friends. NOV 17, 2014

CORAL REEF PARK VIDEO SHORTS HIGHLIGHT TOP AMENITIES
Meet the Parks & Recreation Dept. team as they share Coral Reef Park's top amenities including exercise equipment, tennis center, and walking trails. Also view a series of informative videos featuring amenities and programs throughout the entire Palmetto Bay Parks system. Watch "Discover Coral Reef Park" now.

BECAUSE SOME RESIDENTS ABUSE SERVICE ANIMAL LAWS...
Other than Perrine Wayside Dog Park, no domestic pets are allowed in our parks – with the exception of “Service Animals.” The Americans with Disabilities Act states that "public entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. Sometimes, staff has to ask...  NOV 06, 2014

ECO-TOUR VIA KAYAK OPERATED BY NATURE POSTINGS, INC.
The 2014 Mangrove Kayak Adventure program is coming to an end, with the final outing scheduled for November 30. Residents wishing to participate should contact Parks & Rec now to reserve a spot on the tour, or call us at 305-259-1234. See photos from earlier outings. NOV 01, 2014

KICK BALL LEAGUE ESTABLISHED FOR ADULT MEN & WOMEN
An adult co-ed Kick Ball League is now forming at Palmetto Bay Park. Entry fee is $300 per team, players must be 21 or older, 15 players per team (at least 4 women). For information or to register a team, please contact Park Supervisor Marty Tejeda or call 305-251-2751. SEP 30, 2014

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Department News

DARE Fair Success ... The 5th Annual DARE Arts & Crafts Fair, Nov. 15, was a resounding success, with close to 50 vendors. Residents also enjoyed a "Cruise In" antique-car show. Police host the event to boost funding of its Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program for kids. NOV 15, 2014

Halloween Movie Night ... Thanks for participating in our survey to "Pick the Flick" for Halloween Movie Night Event at Coral Reef Park on Oct. 31. We had a great night out with family and friends at the event which also included a trick-or-treating and costume contest. We'll soon post photos on the Village Facebook OCT 31, 2014

Gardening Workshop ... Residents participated in the final Responsible Gardening Workshop of the season at Thalatta Estate, Oct. 10, to learn about composting, with Village resident and Master Gardener Terri Stephen in partnership with UF/Miami-Dade County Extension. See photos. OCT 10, 2014

Tennis Play Day ... Residents hit with the latest Wilson "Spin Effect" racquet at the Oct. 8 Tennis Play Day at Coral Reef Park. Free demo event for Juniors and Adults was organized by Village Parks & Rec and USPTA-PTR Pro Kara Borromeo and Lee Pettis. Also see Facebook. OCT 08, 2014

Nature Program Summary ... Nature Postings, one of our program providers issued this summary of activities related to: Nature Afloat Program, Family Kayak Adventures, and Summer Camps. SEP 15, 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

November 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

Fanny Carmona, Director
Josie Bober, Administrative Assistant
Kirk Hearin, Parks & Recreation Manager
Valentin Garcia, Grounds/Facility Maintenance Supervisor
Park Supervisor-Coral Reef Park
Luis “Marty” Tejeda, Park Supervisor-Palmetto Bay Park


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