Quick Flying at Miami Lakes Park
Until recently, I often found myself itching for a quick flight on weekdays but nowhere near a suitable park to fly. I pass a couple of public schools and parks on my daily route to and from work and always wondered if I would be welcome to fly there. Back in April I decided to try my luck at a location very close to home.
On the corner of NW 67th Avenue and Miami Lakeway North in Miami Lakes is Miami Lakes Park; a Large field with six baseball diamonds and a few basketball courts. It’s 1150 feet long by 830 feet wide and surrounded by busy streets to the West and South, Miami Lakes Middle School to the East and a canal and shops to the North. The grass is less than two inches tall and there are about two dozen tall light posts scattered around. My favorite spot is the South-West corner diamond because it has the largest outfield with the least number of obstacles at 400 feet by 420 feet. It’s also close to parking and the furthest away from the schoolyard.
I take my ArtTech Pitts to Miami Lakes Park for 20 or 30 minutes once every week or so. The school has P.E. class on the North half of the park so I get curious students that stop what they’re doing to check out the Pitts; I wonder if that’ll be the reason I’m kicked out someday. Stay away from this park after 5 PM since there’s an after-school baseball program that starts around that time. Don’t fly over the streets; try to stay over the park’s airspace boundaries to avoid complaints from neighbors or park employees and to stay safe.
I invite you to try this park if you’re in the area and contact me if you do. Let me know about your flights and what you think of it. If you have a favorite park or public place to fly in let me know about it; I’d love to fly there too! Now, here’s a map to the park.
Map to Miami Lakes Park
AMA/Park Pilot Members: Always remember that AMA Insurance will not cover you if you do not have permission to fly there or if you are not following the AMA safety guidelines. Stay safe!