“All Ways Lead to Hialeah” one of the city’s first slogans is well suited given that Hialeah sits in the heart of northwest Dade, and has access to every major thoroughfare (I-75, Palmetto Expressway, Florida Turnpike, US 27 (Okeechobee Road). In Hialeah you are about 20 minutes away from anywhere in the county. Hialeah borders Opa-Locka, Miami and Miami Lakes and provides direct business access to both Opa-Locka Airport and Miami International Airport.
The City of Hialeah is a full service city. Services include Police, Fire, Water & Sewer, and Public Works.
The City offers a wide range of free cultural activities, programs and events that appeal to the different backgrounds of its residents, enriching community life in Hialeah. The Art on Palm Festival, Eggstravaganza, the Independence Day Celebration and Santa’s Snowblast are just a few of the annual city-wide events that Hialeah families enjoy.
The City of Hialeah has operated under a strong mayor form of government since its inception. Policy making and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of a seven member council. The council is responsible for, among other things, passing ordinances and adopting the budget. The Mayor is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the council, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and appointing the heads of various departments.
Hialeah, incorporated in 1925, has a long and proud history. One of the city’s most important and nationally well-known historic sites is the Hialeah Park Racetrack, built in 1925. Hialeah Park is an important part of Hialeah’s future as well. After a short period when the Park was closed to racing, Hialeah Park reopened in November 2009 with quarter horse racing and is currently undergoing a multi-staged full restoration. Exciting plans call for the construction of an entertainment complex to include a hotel, restaurants, casinos, stores and a theater. Just as Hialeah’s past is an important part of its future, so is a new, recently annexed three square mile area, “Hialeah Heights,” to be developed soon into a beautiful residential and commercial area in the northwest part of the City.