Leave Tamiami Park alone


I read the March 15 article on FIU’s wish to acquire the 86-acre parcel of land for expansion purposes, as well as subsequent readers opinions on whether FIU should or should not obtain the parcel of land they all refer to as the Dade County fairgrounds. What I find missing is any mention of the official name of this parcel of land and its primary use.

It is Tamiami Park and is used by thousands of Miami-Dade residents for much more than the Dade County Youth Fair and other events sponsored throughout the year. Parents bring their children there for several of organized youth activities and sports programs, as well as summer programs. I am sure there are more programs I am not aware of. Additionally, the park is used by thousands each year just to relax and enjoy one of the few remaining green spaces left in Miami-Dade. Since Tamiami Park was there before FIU was became its neighbor, I question why FIU now believes it has the right to acquire the land at the expense of those residents who regularly use the park and its facilities.

Rich Szymanski, Miami

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