Amelia Earhart Park

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Amelia Earhart Park
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Lakeshore near the park's main road, a disk golf course in the distance
Type Municipal
Location Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Area 515 acres (0.805 sq mi)
Created 1980 (1980)
Operated by Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department
Website Amelia Earhart Park

Amelia Earhart Park is a 515-acre (208.41 ha) urban park in metropolitan Miami, just north Hialeah, Florida. It offers a number of recreational attractions like bike trails, skateboarding, and fishing.

History[edit]

The park was a part of the Miami Municipal Airport at Masters Field, what became Opa-locka Airport, and opened to traffic in 1926. A portion of the land was renamed in honor of Amelia Earhart and dedicated as Amelia Earhart Field in October 1947.[1] The General Services Administration closed the naval air station, and later the marine air station, in 1959 as part of cutbacks to military surplus.[2] Most of the former air station was donated to Dade County for use as a general aviation airport in the mid-1960s and it became Opa-locka Airport. Development of the Amelia Earhart Park was completed in 1980.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The park offers 8-mile (13 km) of bike trails. They include single track and fire road trails with a number of climbs, downhills, and banked corners. The Bill Graham Farm Village is a farm replica featuring a demonstration shed where visitors can watch horseshoeing, cow-milking, livestock judging and sheep shearing, as well as a petting zoo, exhibit hall, sugar cane press and pony ring. Near the barn is a country store and an adjoining insect museum.

There is fenced, 5-acre (20,000 m2) dog park, an 18-hole disc golf course, and other amenities which include paved walkways, benches, shade trees, waste dispenser stations.

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Notes
  1. ^ "Pageant to Climax Navy Celebrations". Miami Daily News. 26 October 1947. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dade Close to Getting 3 Airfields". Miami Daily News. 16 February 1959. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Morton Lucoff (20 June 1980). "It's Up, Up for Fees and Away for Services". The Miami News. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
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Coordinates: 25°53′11″N 80°16′43″W / 25.8862646°N 80.2786059°W / 25.8862646; -80.2786059