Printer Friendly VersionGENERAL INFORMATION

The City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department provides a myriad of programs and services seven days per week.  Our professional staff is committed to continuously improve the City's Parks and Recreation services.  The Department is composed of the Administration Division and three operating Divisions: Recreation, Parks Maintenance and Golf.

DEPARTMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In October of 2003 & 2008, the Parks & Recreation Department earned its accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). We have been considered to be one of less than 100 Parks and Recreation Departments across America to have earned this prestigious certification. Our department was recognized by complying with over 150 standards deemed essential to the quality of services delivered, the professionalism of its operations and for the delivery of best practices. We are proud to have been among the best recognized for our excellent services and professionalism and strive to continue providing that quality of service every day.


Since 2008, the Recreation Division and the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) have and plan to continue hosting a Surf Camp for Children with Autism. The camp has been highly successful and nationally recognized. The unique curriculum focuses on swimming skills, basic oceanography, meteorology, open water surfing & most importantly the children’s abilities.

In 2008, the Recreation Division completed the build-out and successfully opened the new home of the Miami Beach Teen Club at the 21st Street Recreation Center. The Teen Club, which began in 2004 at North Shore Park and Youth Center with only nine teens, now boasts more than 200 members. We have also added an additional Teen Club Program running out of Fairway Park.

Also in 2008, the Parks & Recreation Department was awarded the “Agency Excellence Award” by the Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA). FRPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and advocacy of the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services profession. The “Agency Excellence Award” is given to parks and recreation agencies that exemplify ideal departmental initiatives, including administration, master planning, diverse programming, community partnerships and promotion of the department.

In 2010, the Scott Rakow Youth Center opened it's doors to their newly renovated facility including a new fitness room, gymnastic room, media room, computer lab, music room, multi-purpose room, a completely renovated bowling alley, a game room and snack bar area.

In 2013, the Recreation Division in collaboration with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) successfully hired five “shadows” to assist those summer camp participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The collaboration was a success, mainstreaming children with special needs with the help of a shadow in order to maximize their summer camp experience. We hope to expand that collaboration further in the upcoming years to include our other programs as well including our After School Programs.

 

COMMUNICATING WITH OUR RESIDENTS

A unique component of the Parks & Recreation Department’s Administration Division is our in house media office.  This office operates pro-actively to identify and utilize all possible communication tools and outlets to achieve our Mission. Two main communication components are the Recreation Review and the Department’s website.
 

The Recreation Review Magazine, which highlights an array of programs and activities offered by our Department, has been improved over the years achieving a more user friendly format and a higher customer service standard.  The magazine is published once a year in May and is demographically mailed to families with children in Miami Beach to keep our customers up to date. The Department’s website continues to offer 24/7 online information on our programs, classes and family oriented events. Take a peek and enjoy all the Parks and Recreation offerings that makes Miami Beach a unique City.


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2004: The Recreation Review was nationally recognized with the “Award of Excellence”

2007: The Recreation Review was awarded the “Media Excellence Award” from The Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA)
2008: The Parks & Recreation Department was awarded the "Agency Excellence Award" by the Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA)
2008: The Recreation Review was awarded the “Silver Circle Award” by the City County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA)
2009: The Recreation Review was awarded the “Media Excellence Award” from The Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA)
2010: The Recreation Review was nationally recognized with the “Award of Excellence”
2011: The Parks and Recreation Website was awarded the "Media Excellence Award" from The Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA)
2011: The Recreation Review was awarded the “Silver Circle Award” by the City County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA)
2012: The Parks & Recreation Department was awarded the “Inclusion in ACTion Award” by the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH) and its All Children Together Program (ACT)
2012: The City of Miami Beach and Mr. Magrisso were awarded the “Outstanding Community Service Award” by the UM-NSU CARD for helping provide programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  


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