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North Miami Beach to hold groundbreaking for new Hazel Fazzino Park

North Miami Beach activist Hazel Fazzino.
North Miami Beach activist Hazel Fazzino. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

North Miami Beach on Friday will host an Arbor Day celebration with a groundbreaking of the new Hazel Fazzino Park at 15901 NE 15th Ave.

The city will give away plants at the 10 a.m. groundbreaking, site of a former municipal nursery named for Fazzino, a longtime civic activist in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

Esmond Scott, the city’s public works director, said North Miami Beach celebrates Arbor Day with a banner event every year.

“This year is the same, with a little difference. Instead of your usual ribbon cutting, we will have a groundbreaking,” Scott said. “And, as we transition from a nursery to a park, everyone will be able to witness the transformation from its Arbor Day stage to an approximate 1.25 acre of much needed green space while taking away plant material most of which were propagated in the nursery.”

Fazzino’s granddaughter, Tabitha Fazzino, loves the idea of having the park named for “Mamma Hazel,” who died at 85 on Mother’s Day in 2006.

“The creation of this park in her name is wonderful,” Tabitha Fazzino said.

Hazel Fazzino was very active in North Miami Beach politics and beautification efforts, including planting trees throughout the city’s parks. She also helped create a garden next to City Hall in 1980.

“I think it’s a very fitting tribute to her,” Tabitha Fazzino said.

If you go

What: Groundbreaking for Hazel Fazzino Park.

Where: 15901 NE 15th Ave., North Miami Beach.

When: 10 a.m. Friday.

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