Amelia Earhart Park
|Amelia Earhart Park|
Lakeshore near the park's main road, a disk golf course in the distance
|Location||Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States|
|Area||515 acres (0.805 sq mi)|
|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.
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. The General Services Administration closed the naval air station, and later the marine air station, in 1959 as part of cutbacks to military surplus. 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.
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.
A bike path through Australian pines
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