Gwen Cherry Park in Miami-Dade County was named after Gwen Cherry, the first African-American woman to ever be elected to the Florida Legislature. This park is the park for the sports enthusiasts and the youth of the city. The park really works hard to reach out to the community with its various sports programs like a Pop Warner Youth League and the Boys and Girls Club of Miami.
What makes this park extra special is that it caters to the young and old. It is home to an NFL Y.E.T. Center. This center was sponsored by the NFL and is a youth educational town center that was built to enhance the lives of at risk youth that live in a city that hosts the Superbowl. This youth center was built after Miami hosted Superbowl XXIX.This 27,000 sf facility is an air conditioned youth educational center with a library, two computer rooms, arts and crafts rooms, a game room, a large multi-purpose room for youth activities and a 9,000 sf gymnasium. There is so much available for the youth in after school activities and summer day camps. It is run by volunteers that are there daily to offer homework help, tutoring, instruction, coaching and mentoring.
The Miami Dade County Active Adult program is also offered here. This program helps adults age 55+ to improve their health by staying active and physically fit. The local government and health care workers present monthly health and wellness seminars and fairs.
Besides the great programming, this 38 acre park is also full of amenities:
2 lighted basketball courts
Lighted baseball diamond
Lighted 400-meter-running track Lighted softball diamond
A tot lot
The NFL YET Center and Gymnasium
There is also a community pool and splash playgrounds. These are open seasonally for recreational use and they also offer the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program with affordable swimming lessons for all ages.