Parkland will turn 50 on July 10 next year, but the city plans to celebrate the big day earlier.
“July is hot,” City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young said. “And half of the city will be out of town. This is such an important occasion. We recommend not having it in July. Let us go for a May date.”
“May would be hot as well,” Commissioner Jared Moskowtiz said. “If we are not planning to celebrate in July, why not have it earlier than May?”
City staff provided three options for officials to consider. The first option, which would cost $96,400, was to organize one event – a concert with fireworks and barbecue – at Pine Trails Park. The second one was to organize a three-day weekend carnival at the same park, with a concert and fireworks on Saturday. The estimated cost for such an event would be $129,531.
The final option, one which city officials liked most, was to organize a concert at Terramar Park and to have tri-monthly events at venues like the equestrian center and Terramar Park. The city will spend an estimated $121,700 on the events.
Mayor Michael Udine was in favor of the city organizing many events throughout the year. “Let us do multiple events; I think there are a lot of things we can piggyback on,” he said. “[Marjory Stoneman] Douglas [High School] does their homecoming parade [and] we can have a joint parade. I think there are a lot of things we can do. We can do a city run; let us make the 50th anniversary the theme for all our events next year.”
“I would like it to be sort of a throwback to the older days,” Udine added. “Let us have a carnival [and] a concert at Terramar Park. Let us bring our former mayors back. We can work with the historical society and the women’s club. It would be nice to do a volunteer appreciation program. Let staff bring ideas back to us.”
Commissioner Jared Moskowitz couldn’t resist referring to the situation in Coral Springs when Parkland’s anniversary plans came up for discussion at last week’s Commission meeting.
After prefacing the discussion with the comment that Gold could be a part of Parkland’s celebrations if he wanted to, Moskowitz said, “If the city is setting up a committee, I don’t have any problem with our mayor being a part of the panel.”
Commissioner John Willis welcomed the anniversary plans but wanted the celebrations to be within a reasonable budget. He supported Udine’s suggestion of multiple events to mark the occasion but wanted “at least one day that will be grand.”
Bruce Blount, who was elected Pompano Beach Mayor in 1956, was Parkland’s first Mayor. Van Coggins was his successor. Udine is the city’s 11th Mayor.