For Immediate Release
September 3, 2019
Contact: Clarisell De Cardenas
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes is a recipient of the 2019 Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative Mini-Grant. The Initiative is a collaborative, collective impact effort to make Miami-Dade a place for older adults of all ages to stay active and healthy with dignity and enjoyment.
The Age-Friendly Mini-Grant was awarded to five local organizations to help jump-start age-friendly projects across the county. The recipients include the City of North Miami, Equality Lab, Town of Cutler Bay, Town of Miami Lakes, and ReServe Elder Service, Inc.
The Town of Miami Lakes hosts a variety of courses, programs, and events for older adults at the Mary Collins Community Center. The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative Mini-Grant will allow the Town to provide the Opening Doors to Parks Project at this community center. The project will update the Mary Collins Community Center’s local public building by implementing ADA compliant access. With the purchase and installation of electronic door openers, the community center will become more secure, welcoming, and accessible for all ages.
A preliminary survey revealed that over 5,000 seniors participate in classes and events year-round at the community center. The Lunch Bunch and Bingo events average an attendance of 2,500 older adults per year, and homeowners’ associations and community groups utilize the classroom spaces for monthly meetings. The project will also ensure that the older adults voting community will have an ADA compliant accessible building at this designated Early Voting Site. (Age-Friendly Domains: Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Social Participation, Civic Participation)