Virrick Park has it all but needs a new pool
On the agenda:
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Last Meeting’s Minutes
III. President’s Report
IV. Treasurer’s Report
V. Park Manager’s Report
VI. City of Miami Police Report on Park Security
VII. Thelma Gibson Health Initiative’s Report (Our Partner Agency)
VIII. Old Business
a) Coconut Grove Santos FC - Our Soccer Team Report
b) Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – Our Troop 786 Report
c) Pool discussion
d) Wall of Fame Report
IX. New Business
a) Public Art in the Park
The pool is being redone, you can see one of the ideas here of how they would like it to look when done. The plan is to add an Olympic-size pool to replace the current pool.
The committee discussed the plan with County Commissioner Xavier Suarez's office. The various schemes were discussed from refinishing the existing pool to building a new pool with kid splash areas. The project shortfalls range from about $250,000 (for the pool resurfacing with new bathroom building) to about $1.1 million for the full project with splash pool, concession building and more. The City of Miami, which runs the park could reduce shortfall by about $100,000 based on the project efficiency and savings.
The new pool would be a great enhancement for the park and the neighborhood. It's a very well-used park with lots of facilities. The park is named after Elizabeth Wilhelmina Landsberg Virrick, a pioneer in housing reform in black post-WW2 Miami. The park has some of the best indoor and outdoor basketball courts (it's home to Miami’s annual Black Top Basketball Tournament).
They have great music and educational programs for local kids (in partnership with the University of Miami, the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative and other participants), they are going to institute new senior citizen programs (computer education and other activities); in April 2014 they instituted a new Association Football (Soccer as most know it) sports program for kids that is affiliated with the great Brazilian soccer legend Pelé (the team is called “Coconut Grove Santos FC” – Startup is in October 2014) as well as a new Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program for boys and teens.
There are nice picnic areas for the family, they have annual Music and Art Festivals, they have a modern co-located Miami-Dade County Public Library branch and upon approval, the future home of a year-round Olympic size pool (replacing the existing dated Pool).
Also the park facilities are available to rent (via the City of Miami, Department of Parks and Recreation) for special occasions.
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