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Residents at East Ridge who prefer a casual, lifestyle will discover that southwest Miami-Dade offers all of the enjoyment of Florida fun and a wealth of well-known outdoor sports and entertainment meccas within easy reach.

“This is just one of many reasons our East Ridge residents regard the community’s location as so desirable,” said Rick Drew, marketing director for the community.

Recreational amenities are extensive within East Ridge while nearby public facilities are available for enjoyment as well. Each month the Lifestyle Department and community transportation takes residents to many of these local parks and beaches.

Just a name a few near or in Cutler Bay:

MATHESON HAMMOCK PARK, 9610 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, is the best beaching-on-Biscayne Bay in a scenic park with such unusual features as an atoll pool, flushed by tidal action. Open daily sunrise to sunset, boating is available from a full-service marina, a nearby snack bar as well as the famous Redfish Grille restaurant built into historic coral rock. Picnic pavilions and nature trails provide family fun with sailing, powerboat schools and kite-boarding to expand horizons for the extra-adventurous.

BILL SADOWSKI PARK and NATURE CENTER, 17555 S. W. 79 Ave. off Old Cutler Road provides a rare look at an old Florida pineland with a native tropical hardwood hammock featuring Florida wildlife exhibits, a freshwater aquarium, canoeing and fishing, are also available while Southern Cross Astronomical Society star-gazers offer free viewing and planetary expertise every Saturday night from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
PALMETTO GOLF COURSE, 9300 S. W.152 St., is an 18-hole public championship course open daily. There is a 22-position, lighted driving range and putting green, spacious clubhouse, fully-stocked pro shop and its immensely-popular 18-hole Palmetto Mini-Golf course for grownups and kids alike.

BRIAR BAY GOLF COURSE, a golfing alternative on a par-31 Executive Course built on 30 acres just eight blocks west of U. S. 1 in The Falls area, north of S. W. 136 St.

SAGA BAY PARK in Cutler Bay at S. W. 203 St. and S. W. 80 Ave. provides four lighted outdoor hard tennis courts, free on first-come, first-serve basis with restroom facilities, a walking trail and playground, too. Among seven other local parks is newly-opened LAKES BY THE BAY PARK

BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK provides boating, fishing (saltwater license required), kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving with picnic and recreation features, opposite Homestead Bayfront Park, directly adjacent to Convoy Point. Boat trips tour the bay, tropical keys and reefs during the winter season and both photo and art gallery displays are open Wednesdays at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328 St. in Homestead.

BLACK POINT PARK is a favored spot for boating enthusiasts. The natural landscape and spectacular sunrises and sunset provide constantly-changing canvas inspirations for amateur and professional artists alike. (Bring binoculars to observe fascinating bird life).