The Miami Herald | 7/22/2009 12:00:00 AM
Plaza Colombian ground-breaking in West Kendall stirs national pride
Jul 22--As millions of Colombians around the world were celebrating their country's 199th Independence Day, those in Kendall had a little extra to celebrate -- the ground-breaking for the new Plaza Colombian at Westwind Lakes Park.
``I was very impressed by the huge outpour of support,'' said Castillo, chair of the Colombian American Coalition of Florida. ``It was amazing.''
Janneth Quintero came to the event as a way to show her pride and support for her country.
``You need landmarks and places that people can go where they feel like they are with their community,'' said Quintero, a Kendall resident. ``I think it's going to be wonderful.''
When open, the structure, which was designed by MGE Architects on a pro-bono basis, will feature walkways, rest areas and green spaces, as well as artistic elements that honor Colombian culture.
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