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Ronselli Park is getting a new playground and fixing up two basketball courts


Special to the Miami Herald

A popular Sweetwater park is getting a facelift just in time for the summer.

Ronselli Park, located at 250 SW 114 Ave., will soon be refurbishing two basketball courts and getting a brand new children’s playground.

The city’s park director Luis Quintero said the work has been a team effort.

“With the help of mayor Jose Diaz and me and working with the grant department and using the general obligation bond grant money we are going to purchase the courts and the children’s play set,” he said in a phone interview.

A $133,000 grant was provided in September 2013. It will help pay for the playground, which will be accessible to more than 20 kids compared to the current one that only has capacity for 12 children. It will also include rubber flooring.

The new set is a lot safer, Quintero added.

“We don’t want any child getting hurt,” he said. “The monkey bars are secured. It’s going to be safe.”

The old playground will be donated to Coral Park Baptist church.

Diaz said the current play set was not up to code and it is vital that children enjoy themselves in a safe area.

“We believe the children deserve the best, so they can play in a well-structured facility,” he said in a phone interview.

The basketball courts will be refurbished with acrylic paint, Quintero said. One of the courts will be used for both basketball and volleyball.

The Mas Canosa building at the park will be painted and tiles will be added to the conference room. The baseball field will also be touched up.

The courts and children’s playground are expected to be complete sometime this month.

Quintero said he would also like to also upgrade Carlos Park, located at SW 106 Avenue and SW 4 Street.

“We are working hard to bring the city back up and make Sweetwater a great city,” he said.

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