MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -

Jahwaun Burrows, Sienom Auxaire and Stephanie Baptiste are some of the children in the Miami-Dade Pinewood neighborhood who have been waiting for Gratigny Plateau Park to open.

Opening day: Ribbon cutting

THERE CAN. IT'S THE MOMENT WE'VE AWAY. WAITING FOR, THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK. CALVIN JOINS US LIVE AGAIN FROM NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE TO DO THE HONORS. HI THERE. HI THIS, LAURIE. EVERYBODY IS IN PLACE. THE RIBBON IS IN PLACE. SHE IS GOING TO COUNT US DOWN FROM A FIVE WITH FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE. RIGHT IN CENTER IS THE PRESIDENT OF WPLG, THE COMMISSIONER JOHN MONASTEEN. AND THERE YOU GO! YES! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] A BRAND NEW PARK OVER HERE IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, AND THE KIDS ARE SO EXCITED, SO EXCITED. IN FACT, ONE RESIDENT TOLD ME THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE THE FORGOTTEN NEIGHBORHOOD OVER HERE, SO THE KIDS SO EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THIS. TO MY RIGHT HERE EIGHT FITNESS STATIONS FOR EVERYBODY TO PART IN. FOR ALL THE ADULTS AND THE CHILDREN. TO MY LEFT, THE TODDLER PLAYGROUND JUST BEHIND THE STAGE OVER HERE. AND THEN YOU HAVE ONE THIRD LOT THAT'S STILL SORT OF UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THAT'S THE FLOWER BED. BUT THE KIDS, AS YOU CAN SEE THERE, SO EXCITED. ARE YOU EXCITED TO HAVE THIS PARK? YES. ARE YOU EXCITED TO HAVE THIS PARK? YES. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU'RE GOING TO DO IN THE PARK? I'M GOING TO PLAY. YOU'VE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME FOR THIS. YES. VERY GOOD. SO, GUYS, I'LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU AS I'M SURROUNDED BY KID WHO CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO THE NEW GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK. THAT'S BEEN A LABOR LOVE FOR LOCAL10 FROM DAY ONE. TWO YEARS AGO GOING BACK TO APRIL 2012 TO NOW TWO YEARS LATER. WE NEVER THOUGHT IT GOING TO BE THIS YOU OF RAPHE WAIT TO GET HERE. CALVIN, WHEN YOU AND I WERE OUT THERE A YEAR AGO WE MET SO MANY KIDS WHEN IT AS WAS JUST SAND AND GRASS ON THE GROUND, AND YOU SENSE THEY'RE REALLY GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THIS PLACE BECAUSE THEY'VE WATCHED IT GROW. Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. THAT WAS SORT OF THE TALK OVER HERE. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW THIS TO BECOME WHAT IT WAS. THE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS TOOK SO LONG FOR THEM, THEY SAY THERE IS NO WAY THEY'RE GOING BACK. IT'S ALL ABOUT LOOKING FORWARD. AND SO THESE GUYS ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF IT. AS I SHOWED YOU AT ABOUT 5:30, I SHOWED YOU SOME OF THE RULES FOR THIS PARK. THIS PARK IS GOING TO CLOSE. WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, THIS PARK IS OFF LIMITS, SO THE FOLKS HERE ARE REALLY GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THIS. I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. YOU HAVE SOME FOLKS THAT HAVE LIVED HERE FOR FIVE DECADE, AND THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT ARE GOING TO BE THE GATEKEEPERS WHO WILL NEVER LET THIS PARK GO BACK. I CAN'T WAIT TO START PLAYING MYSELF. IN FACT WEST NILE GOING TO START PLAYING AS SOON AS I FINISH THIS REPORT. THERE'S NOT AN ACTUAL BASKETBALL COURT BUT THERE'S EVERYTHING ELSE. THERE'S NO BASKETBALL COURT BUT THERE'S THERE ARE FITNESS STATIONS FOR ALL THE GUYS OVER THERE. I TRIED TO IMITATE EXERCISES TO SHOW YOU WHAT SOME OF THE FITNESS EXERCISES, FITNESS STATIONS ARE BUT THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS FOR THE KIDS AND ADULTS TO DO JUST OVER HERE TO MY RIGHT. NO BASKETBALL COURTS, BUT I REALLY WISH THAT WAS OUT HERE BECAUSE WE COULD USE A HOME-GROWN LEBRON JAMES CONSIDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO US THIS SUMMER, DON'T YOU THINK? THAT SOUNDS GOOD. IT LOOK LIKE IT'S REALLY JUST TRANSFORMED THE NEIGHBORHOOD THERE, SO GREAT TO SEE ALL OF

Opening day: Live at 6 p.m.

NO LICENSES FOR GAY MARRIAGE WILL BE ISSUED PENDING APPEALS. IT'S A BANNER DAY FOR THE ENDS RESIDENTS AROUND GRATIGNY 93. THE 6 600,000 PARK THAT LOCAL10 AND OUR PARTNERS, WE STARTED BUILDING TWO YEARS AGO OFFICIAL OPENS TONIGHT BEFORE THE END OF THIS NEWSCAST. THE NO ONE IS MORE AND IT HAD THAN THE CHILDREN WHO WILL ENJOY ALL IT HAS TO OFFER, ESPECIALLY THE BRAND NEW PLAYGROUND. OUR OWN CALVIN HUES IS LIVE IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE TO INTRODUCE US TO THE KIDS. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE AROUND HERE AND THEY ARE SO HAPPY. AS YOU KNOW A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WE DID THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AND IT WAS BASICALLY THREE VACANT LOTS. NOW IT'S BEEN TRANSFORMED NOT A BEAUTIFUL AREA. I'M STANDING IN THE FITNESS AREA. THIS IS THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOWER DESIGN HERE. SO IF YOU CAN SORT OF ENVISION A FLOWER, WE'RE STANDING IN THE MIDDLE PART OF THAT FLOWER, AND RIGHT BEHIND ME IS SOMETHING THAT THE KIDS HAVE REALLY SORT OF ENJOYED HERE. I'M GOING TO TRY THIS. I'M GOING TO SEE IF THIS IS GOING TO WORK HERE. THIS IS THE SQUAT PRESS. OH, MY. ONE IS ENOUGH. THE KIDS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME DURING THIS TODAY. AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY ARE ALL AROUND HERE AND, LAURIE AND VICTOR, THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN WAITING ON THIS DAY TO HAPPEN, AND FINALLY IT IS HERE. TODAY IS THE IS A GIFT. IF NOT, IT WOULDN'T BE CALLED THE PRESENT. FOR THE KIDS OF GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK, THE GRAND OPENING OF A PLACE TO PLAY RIGHT IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD IS A GIFT BEYOND ANY THEY'VE EVER RECEIVED. I THINK IT'S NICE, AND IT'S REALLY -- IT'S JUST BRINGS OUT THE EXCITEMENT OF ME. Reporter: WE FIRST MET FINDLEY BACK IF 2012. TELL ME HOW HAPPY YOU WOULD BE. Reporter: WHEN TRUCKS CBS OF THE PARK WAS IN THE PLANNING STAGES. CONSTRUCTION. LOUNGE AT THE RESULTS TODAY, SWEET LITTLE FINDLEY NOW SIX YEARS OLD IS IN AWE. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR HELPING US. Reporter: ALSO BACK IN 2012. I LIKE THAT I GET TO PLAY. Reporter: EIGHT-YEAR-OLD MENORAH DREAMED OF AN OPEN AREA WHERE SHE COULD PLAY AND JUST BE A KID. WELL, TODAY THE TEN-YEAR-OLD IS HAPPILY TWIRLING OVER PLUSH GRASS AND CONCRETE SIDEWALKS, A FAR CRY FROM WHAT SHE REMEMBERS ABOUT THE PLACE SHE CALLED A PARK. IT WAS FILLED WITH GRASS, IT WAS DIRTY, AND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THIS. IT LOOKS GOOD. Reporter: WHEN ASKED, THE KIDS EACH GAVE A DIFFERENT REASON FOR PANTING A PARK. PLAYING IN THE SCHOOL CONTEMPORARY PLAYGROUND IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. CAN'T WAIT TO GO THERE, PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS, AND GO ON THE SLIDE. Reporter: BUT ALSO POPULAR IS THE SHEAR ENJOYMENT OF THE SERENE LANDSCAPE. THEY'RE SAFE HERE. THERE'S TREES. IT'S A GOOD PLACE FOR ME TO READ BECAUSE I REVOLVE TO READ. SO IT WILL BE A GOOD THING FOR ME. I LOVE TO RED. Reporter: YOU WHAT ALL THESE KIDS AGREE ON IS GRATIGNY 93 IS WHAT IT IS TODAY THANKS TO THE MANY BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO THOUGHT ABOUT THEM AND INVESTED IN THEIR FUTURE. TO ALL THOSE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO CARE, WELL I THINK -- THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Reporter: A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE KIDS OUT HERE IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE AT THE NEW GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK. AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY ARE JUST FULL OF EXCITEMENT AND JUST HAVING AN AWESOME TIME OVER HERE. PLAYING IN THEIR BRAND NEW PARK THAT THEY'VE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME FOR. AGAIN, GOING BACK TO APRIL 2012, NEVER THOUGHT ANY OF THIS WAS POSSIBLE. FAST FORWARD TWO YEARS, HERE WE ARE TODAY. IT IS HERE. AND RIGHT NOW I NEED TO GO BACK UP ON STAGE TO EMCEE THIS SPRAINT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY COMING UP IN ABOUT I'D SAY 20 MINUTES OR SO AND WE'LL BRING THAT TO YOU LIVE WHEN IT HAPPENS TO GIVE THIS PARK AWAY TO THESE KIDS. FANTASTIC.

Opening day: Live at 5:30 p.m.

VIOLATED PROCEDURE. AGENTS SAID THEY WAS GOING TO TRAFFIC WEAPONS BUT HE SAYS HE SIMPLY MADE A WRONG TURN. WE HERE AT LOCAL10 NEWS ARE CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF OUR FIRST MAKING A DIFFERENCE PROJECT IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE TODAY. WITH THE HELP OF SOME LOCAL COMPANIES WE HAVE CREATED GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK OUT OF SOME UNUSED LOTS. THREE UNUSED LOTS TO BE SPECIFIC, AND OUR OWN CALVIN HUGHES JOINS US LIVE FROM THE NEW PARK WITH MORE ON TODAY'S GRAND OPENING. CALVIN, IT LOOKS LIKE A BUNCH OF KIDS HAVE FINALLY SHOWN UP. Reporter: OH, YES, THEY'RE ALL BEHIND ME AND THEY'RE ALL IN THE PARK HERE. THEY ARE JUST TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF I THINK APPLICANTS ABOUT P. SOME FOLKS ON STAGE ALREADY EXCITED, THEY WERE JUST DANCING ABOUT HAVING THIS BRAND NEW PARK IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, THE FIRST ONE IN DECADE. ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THEM THE TODDLER PLAYGROUND. BUT RIGHT HERE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE YOU SEE FOLKS WHO ARE ON THE TREAT STREET. IT'S BEEN BLOCKED OFF BECAUSE THEY'RE HAVING A BLOCK PARTY TO CELEBRATE THIS GREAT MOMENT FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. A LOT OF FOLKS ARRIVING AND I'M STANDING IN THE THE FITNESS AREA. THIS IS ONE OF EIGHT FITNESS STATIONS I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU. THIS IS THE ASSISTED ROW AND PUSH-UP AREA. I'M GOING TO TRY TO IMITATE A PUSH-UP THAT THE FOLKS WILL END UP DOING OUT HERE, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE AREAS THAT THEY WILL HAVE FUN JUST EXERCISING. AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS IS A GREAT, GREAT PARK. AND TO KNOW THAT THIS WAS JUST A KAY CAN'T LOT TWO YEARS AGO, AND THIS -- VACANT LOT TWO YEARS AGO AND THIS PROJECT CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF OUR VERY OWN GLENNA MILBERG WHO WAS DOING A STORY. SHE SAID MAYBE I SHOULD GO BACK AND TALK WITH MY NEWS MANAGERS TO TRANSFORM THIS AREA THAT HAS BEEN NEGLECTED SO LONG. SO SHE DID AND OUR NEWS MANAGER SAID WE'RE GOING TO JUMP ONBOARD, AND THE TWO PEOPLE BEHIND THIS PROJECT, AREET PRESIDENT BETTER MEDINA, NICE TO SEE YOU AS ALWAYS, AND THE PRODUCER WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE WHO PUT THIS ENTIRE EVENT TOGETHER TODAY. I GUESS THE REAL QUESTION IS GLENNA CAME BACK AND SAID LET'S JUMP ON BOARD AND TRY TO DO THIS. WHY DID YOU SAY LET'S CONTINUE THIS PROJECT FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD? SIMPLY PUT, IT REALLY GIVES US A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY, AND AS PEOPLE WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THIS MARKET LIKE MYSELF, THIS IS A FANTASTIC THING TO DO. WHEN YOU SEE THE KIDS IN THE PARK, WHEN YOU SEE THE FAMILIES COME OUT HERE, IT'S MADE THE LAST TWO YEARS ALL WELL WORTH IT. NO, DOUBT ABOUT IT. THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES, OH, MOI GOSH, IT IS REALLY AMAZING. THEY ARE LIGHTING UP LIKE CHRISTMAS TREES AROUND HERE. WE SORT OF JUMPED INTO THIS PROJECT THINKING MAYBE IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS WE'LL KNOCK THIS OUT. NOT THE CASE, RIGHT? WE HAD NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER IN BUILDING PARKS. WE HAVE BUILT MANY HOMES, DONE MANY COMMUNITY PROJECTS, A LOT OF GOOD THINGS IN THIS COMMUNITY, BUT THIS WAS OUR VERY FIRST PARK. IT TOOK TWO YEARS PERMITTING,Y THE PEOPLE WHO CAME THROUGH DONATING THE MATERIALS AND THE TIME, AND TWO YEARS LATER I THINK IT WAS ALL WORTHWHILE. THIS IS THE RESULT. THE CHILDREN ARE HAPPY. THE RESIDENTS ARE ECSTATIC AS YOU MENTIONED. AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING AND IT'S GOEBEL WONDERFUL FOR THIS COMMUNITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AND IS YOU SOW KNOW AS A PRODUCER WE ONLY HAVE A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK. BUT ARE, WE CAN BEGIN WITH YOU ON THAT SUBJECT. FIRST I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR ENTIRE TEAM THAT BROUGHT GLENNA BRINGING THIS UP TO US AND MILLER CONSTRUCTION, THE ARCHITECT. THERE'S JUST SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THIS A REALITY. WITHOUT THEM WE COULDN'T HAVE I DIDN'T, CALVIN. NAME DROP FOR ME. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY REALLY STEPPED UP, THE PARKS FOUNDATION OF MIAMI-DADE. THEY WERE A NON-PROFIT. EDSA, MILLER CONSTRUCTION, KONA GRAVE, THE, A AFFECT THE. McLAUGHLIN ENGINEERING DONATED THOUSANDS DOLLARS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, AND MANY MORE THAT ARE FEATURED ON THE SIGN BEHIND ME, AND PEOPLE GET TO SEE WHY THIS PARK PARK REMAINS HERE. THANK YOU. THE PRODUCERS BACK AT THE STATION ARE NOT AS LIKING ME FOR TAKING SO MUCH TIME BUT I HAVE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. I'M STANDING NEXT TO BUT ARE BURT SO I CAN GET AWAY WITH THAT. AT 6:00 WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT BURT TALKED ABOUT, THE CHILDREN, THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES. IT'S AMAZING TO SEE THEM COME OUT HERE AND SEE THEIR VERY FIRST PARK, THE FIRST ONE IN

Opening day: Live at 1 p.m.

NO LICENSES FOR GAY MARRIAGES WILL BE ISSUED, NOT JUST YET, PENDING SOME APPEALS. AND IT IS A BIG DAY HERE AT LOCAL 10 AFTER YEARS OF HARD WORK. OUR MAKING A DIFFERENCE CAMPAIGN IS FINALLY, FINALLY COMING TO COMPLETION. YES. RESIDENTS IN THE NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL SOON BE ABLE TO ENJOY A BRAND NEW PARK AND MJ ACOSTA IS AT THE PARK THAT WILL HAVE A GRAND AFTERNOON THIS AFTERNOON. HI, MJ. Reporter: HI, CONSTANCE AND KRISTI. THIS IS TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING. YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE HARD WORK. YOU CAN SEE THE CREWS HERE FROM MIAMI-DADE PARK AND REC. ABOUT TO ADD THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE PARK. THE MULCH GOING DOWN TO MAKE IT JUST A LITTLE PRETTIER. A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THE THREE EMPTY LOTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUST OFF BRAN TON PARKWAY AND NORTHWEST 7th AVENUE. AFTER HUGE SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY AND A TREMENDOUS OVERHAUL OF THIS LAND, GRATIGNY PLATEAU PARK IS READY TO HOPE, BUT IT'S BEEN A LONG ROAD TO GET HERE. WHEN WE CAME HERE TO START THE CONSTRUCTION, IT WAS A MESS. THERE WAS PILES OF DIRT, TRASH, JUNK EVERYWHERE. THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS CLEAR IT OUT AND HAUL STUFF AWAY AND START GRADING AND SMOOTHING AND BUILDING WALKWAYS AND THE FACADE, THE LANDSCAPE, SPRINKLER SYSTEM, PUTTING ALL OF THAT STUFF IN, AND NOW IT'S FINISHED. Reporter: YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME FROM WHAT WAS HERE ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO LIKE WE MENTIONED. AND COMING UP AT LOCAL 10 NEWS AT 4:00, ALL OF THIS WILL BE READY TO OPEN AND OUR OWN CALVIN HUGHES WILL BE HERE TO KICK IT ALL OFF, AS WELL AS EVERYONE HERE FROM THE COMMUNITY. HOPEFULLY WE'LL HEAR FROM THE NEIGHBORS AND SEE SOME OF THE KIDS FINALLY ENJOYING THIS PARK. FOR NOW I'M GOING TO TRY TO SNEAK IN THERE AND TEST IT OUT JUST TO MAKE SURE IT'S SAFE. OF COURSE.

Opening day: 6:30 a.m. preview

SAY HE CHARGED 12,000 A MONTH FOR THOSE STEROID COCKTAILS. HE FACES TEN YEARS IN PRISON. YOU'RE LOOKING AT LIVE PICTURES OF GRATIGNEY PARK. THE SUN IS RISING AND THIS BEAUTIFUL PLAYGROUND IS ON DISPLAY. THIS IS FOLLOWING APARTSHIP BETWEEN LOCAL 10 AND MIAMI-DADE PARKS. IT WILL OPEN TODAY. THIS IS LOCATED AT 885 KNOWLEDGE WEST 115TH STREET. THIS IS WHERE WE FIND BEN KENNEDY. NOTHING FEARS UP THE COMMUNITY LICK A NICE NEW PARK TO HANG OUT IN. Reporter: GOOD MORNING, ERIC. A PARK, THE KIDS WERE EXCITED. THE NEWS TODAY, THE PARK IS SET TO OPEN. IT IS VERY HARD TO BELIEVE I'M STANDING IN THE EXACT SAME SPOT I WAS TWO YEARS AGO SURROUNDED BY DIRT AND MUD AND ROCKS. TAKE A LOOK BEHIND ME, THAT IS JUST NOT THE CASE TODAY. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE THREE SECTIONS OF THIS NEW PARK. THIS ONE HAPPENS TO HAVE THE PLAYGROUND AND YOU BET THE KIDS HERE CAN'T BE MORE EXCITED. HE SAID IT, IT'S GOOD TO GO. THIS EMPTY PLOT OF LAND AND ABANDONED FIELD OFF OF NORTHWEST 117TH STREET AT EIGHTH AVENUE IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE WAS TURNED INTO CONGRATULATELY PLATEAU PARK, A CLEAN AND SAFE PLACE FOR KIDS TO PLAY. LOCAL 10 STEPPED IN TO HELP PARTNER WITH BUILDERS, CONTRACTORS AND LANDSCAPERS AND THE COUNTY'S PARK DEPARTMENT TO TURN THIS SPACE INTO A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. WE PUT A LOT OF SHRUBS AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE BEAUTIFUL. Reporter: IT'S TRUE. GOOD NEWS FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE KIDS SAID I WANT A YELLOW SLIDE. IT'S PRETTY YELLOW, YELLOWISH BUT WE GOT THE SLIDE IN THERE. Reporter: BACK LIVE TO THAT YELLOWISH-ORANGISH SLIDE, RIGHT NOW PARTS OF THE PARK INCLUDED A PLAYGROUND HERE THAT INCLUDED YELLOW TAPE. THAT WILL COME DOWN IN A COUPLE HOURS. IT APPEARS PARTS OF THE PARK NEED TO HAVE SOME SOD PUT DOWN AND PRETTY MUCH IT'S GOOD TO GO, SET TO OPEN LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

Jahwaun, 10, wants to use the park to be fit and achieve his dream of becoming a professional basketball player. Sienom, 12, wants to use it to lose weight, so he can get a girlfriend. Stephanie, 7, hopes to be able to show it to her mom one day. Stephanie's mom lives in Haiti.

"We have been waiting for this park for a long time," Trinikia Durham, 36, who grew up in the neighborhood said.  Jahwaun is Durham's son. "At least now he is going to be able to play there safely."

INVITATION: Block party at 5 p.m.

The new park opened Wednesday afternoon. It adopted the out-door gym trend with new fitness machines. Since the neighborhood doesn't have side walks, the park has a pathway in the shape of a flower for cardiovascular exercise. The center of the flower has a butterfly garden.

Decades ago, the owners of the three-part lot donated it to Miami-Dade County under the condition that it be developed as a public park. Due to lack of funding, the land remained unused.

In 2012, The One and Only Local 10 News stepped in. For two years, Local 10 News focused on developing a  public and private partnership.

The partnership proved to be successful. A team of volunteers and donors turned the once magnet for parked cars and garbage into a space that Jahwaun, Sienom, Stephanie and other kids in the neighborhood will be able to use.

The opening ceremony was open to the public at 885 NW 117th St. There was music and Publix Supermarket served refreshments. For more information about the park, call 305-694-4889.

More about the park:

About the project: Idea was born in 2012

About the partners: Dozens of businesses

About the garden: Plants attract butterflies

About the concept: Fresh-air fitness

Project timeline:  Two years of progress reports

About the children:  Their vision

Meet 8-year-old Stephanie:  For her, the park is a place to dream

Meet 10-year-old Jahwaun:  He plans to get fit for NBA dream

Meet 12-year-old Sienom:  He plans on using park to lose weight

SPECIAL SECTION:  Complete coverage of Gratigny Plateau Park project