County, volunteers spruce up Crandon Park ahead of upcoming 75th Jubilee celebration | Vizcaya key
The 75th anniversary of the celebration of the Jubilee of Crandon Park is November 9-10and Miami-Dade County and volunteers beautify the park for the diamond commemoration.
The county holds two cleanup projects each month, but the last one, October 22, was extra special in preparation for the park’s celebration.
Robert Carmona, one of the managers of the 808-acre Crandon Park, said more than 60 volunteers gathered for the clean-up day at Crandon Park. The County Department of Parks and Recreation holds clean-up days at the south end of the park on the 4th Saturday of each month and the second Saturday for the north end of the park.
On October 22, volunteers got their hands dirty weeding, mulching and planting 200 native trees and pollinating plants in the park. They also planted shrubs and flowers in the garden section of Crandon Park.
The new plants will help increase local biodiversity for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Volunteers also removed 64 pounds of debris and microplastics from the park’s shoreline.
Carmona said cleaning up and protecting the environment is important.
“It’s hugely important – removing 64 pounds of trash along the shoreline and planting trees,” he said. “It’s important to have a wide range of things in the park to connect wildlife to wild places.”
The 75th anniversary celebration will include concerts by bands including a reggae singer in the garden section of the facility, Carmona said.
Representatives of the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden will also be on hand to demonstrate how to grow fruit trees and plant gardens in residential backyards, he added. “It’s a day that highlights the connection between Crandon Park and South Florida nature.”
Crandon Park is located just north of Key Biscayne near the Rickenbacker Causeway. The park is named after former County Commissioner Charles H. Crandon, who was the catalyst for the construction of the causeway as part of an agreement with the William John Matheson family, who donated the park to the county .
Crandon Park also includes a marina, tennis center and golf course, located on both sides of the causeway. The park included a 48-acre zoo before moving to its current location in southwest Miami-Dade in 1981.
Activities in the park include picnicking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, kitesurfing, skateboarding, snorkeling, and nature tours.
Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Manager Maria Nardi said Crandon Park is the crown jewel of the county and is the most-used park of Miami-Dade’s 283 outdoor recreation facilities.
“Our love and appreciation for the natural world and the environment is a positive change for the conservation and preservation of our precious outdoor spaces, like our public parks and beaches,” she said. “Crandon Park is a place where the community can have fun.”