Parks & Recreation Director
John Rebar joined the City of Miami Gardens on July 30, 2012; he began his Parks and Recreation career with the City of Fort Lauderdale and spent several years working for municipalities within South Florida. Most recently he served as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Milton, Georgia. Under his direction, the City of Doral Parks and Recreation Department earned the Florida Recreation and Park Association's "It Starts in Parks" award in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was designated a 2010 and 2011 Playful City USA. He assisted in the development of park system master plans for the City of Homestead, City of Doral and the City of Milton. Additionally, he has been involved with the design and construction of multiple park projects including bikeways, passive parks, sports fields, and off-leash dog parks.
Mr. Rebar holds a Bachelor's Degree from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association, Florida Recreation and Parks Association and the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Rebar also attended training at the Recreation Facility Design School in St. Louis and actively participates in association trainings on management, planning/design and recreation programs for all ages and abilities.
"T.E.A.M. - Together, Everyone, Achieves, More"
"The Parks and Recreation Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect open spaces and to enrich the quality of life for our community for this and future generations. We will provide the highest standard of excellence in public services through improving our community's health and wellness."
Parks and Recreation Department
Through the department, the City of Miami Gardens offers a wide variety of activities. From after-school and camp programs, senior clubs, fitness and sports development, there’s always something to do. The department is committed to creating community through people, parks, and programs.