Miami-Dade County

Orange Bowl opens new field in Northeast Dade park

Former Miami Hurricane and NFL great Darrin Smith emceed the event as the Orange Bowl Committee celebrated the grand opening of Orange Bowl Field at Ives Estates Park.
Former Miami Hurricane and NFL great Darrin Smith emceed the event as the Orange Bowl Committee celebrated the grand opening of Orange Bowl Field at Ives Estates Park. pfarrell@miamiherald.com

The Orange Bowl committee commemorated the grand opening of Orange Bowl Field at Ives Estates Park in Northeast Miami-Dade on Thursday following significant renovations.

The committee donated more than $1 million to install a new synthetic turf field and scoreboard at the park, 20901 NE 16th Ave., and celebrated with live music, food, drink and family fun across the park.

The new field at Ives Estates is the third Legacy Gift project completed by the committee in South Florida. The first $2.5 million gift was for a project at Moore Park in Miami and coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Orange Bowl in 2011. The $5.7 million project provided for a new press box, locker rooms, an improved bleachers, and a new track and field.

The second project was a $3 million donation to renovate Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale by also adding a new track and field, spectator area and scoreboard at that facility in 2013.

In total, the committee estimates that it has donated about $10 million to improving parks across South Florida.

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