Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Celebrates 70th anniversary with monthly events and commemoration throughout 2015

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Historic Virginia Key Beach Park commemorates its 70th anniversary in April with The Nature Conservancy and Baynanza focusing on the environment during EARTH MONTH.

April 2015 marks the spring commencement of a year-long celebration for The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The park, once the segregated “colored only” beach of Miami-Dade County now serves the public as an incredible natural treasure open daily.

Spring and the month of April always held an important place in the history of the Historic Beach Park; it was the site of many celebrated and cherished Easter Sunday sunrise services and many baptisms, a tradition dating back to the 1950’s when African American churches of Miami-Dade County would organize their services at the segregated beach park.

The Historic Beach Park will focus on environmental and sustainability issues for the month of April in 2015:

April 11th is the “Connect with Nature” annual event sponsored by The Nature Conservancy inviting families and volunteers to participate in a host of environmentally focused tours, service projects and activities designed to interest all ages. More information is available at: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/events/florida-connect-with-nature-miami.xml

Nature Conservancy

April 25th is the annual Miami-Dade County Baynanza beach clean-up event where Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is the VIP site for this county-wide Biscayne Bay cleanup effort. More information and volunteer registry available at: http://www.miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp


“We are pleased to be the host site for The Nature Conservancy’s Connect with Nature event and Baynanza’s kick-off VIP site for 2015,” said Guy Forchion, Executive Director of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, “the work the Trust has done in restoring the 82-acre Historic Beach Park with the help of many great local volunteers, volunteer organizations, service groups and environmental organizations gives us a chance to showcase the Park this April.”

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