Stage at the newly opened Gateway Park.

In Praise of Our Parks

By Jeanette Gatto, Commissioner

(Tuesday, December 26, 2017) – City parks are an important amenity to local communities. They offer a haven of relaxation for adults and provide a safe environment where children can play freely. It has always been the Commission’s goals to ensure that our residents live within walking distance to a park, and that goal was accomplished with the opening of Gateway Park last year. The City now boasts 11 parks, all beautiful and with their own unique amenities. For example, Senator Gwen Margolis Park has a botanical garden and is one of the few parks with a leash-free area for dogs. Town Center Park has a fitness trail. Bella Vista Bay Park permits fishing. You will find art, a walking path and bike racks at the Intracoastal Parks. And if you are looking to stay connected, eight of our parks have newly installed Soofa benches, solar electric outdoor charging stations, equipped with USB connections.

The City takes pride in our parks and is diligent in cleaning, maintaining and updating them. However, we rely on our residents to help keep them in top notch shape. We ask that you use the trash bins and take care of the playground equipment. Many residents ask to prohibit cigarette smoking and, although we cannot by law, we do ask our residents to kindly refrain from smoking in our parks, especially when children are present. I hope all of you had a healthy and happy holiday season.