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The City of Oakland Park Breaks Ground on the North Andrews Gardens Community Center

On Tuesday July 14th the City of Oakland Park broke ground on the new North Andrews Gardens Community Center. This bond project will bring a brand new community center to the area, which will include a basketball court, playground, parking, and covered outdoor seating.

This project is another one of the projects in the City’s Building Our 2nd Century initiative. The first bond project, Phase I of City Park, broke ground a little more than a year ago, in June of 2021.

Mayor Carn Reirates the Importance of the Community Center

Notable members from around the Oakland Park community gathered on the site of the new construction project at 10am. 

Mayor Michael Carn spoke of the importance of such a community center. He reminisced about how a center, much like the one that is about to be built, played an integral in his life during his formative years and that he was sure it would do the same for the young people in our community.

Participants Break Ground

Commissioner Mitch Rosenwald, also underscored the importance of such a community center for our City’s youth and their development. Sierra Marrero, the Assistant Director for the City’s Engineering and Building Services thanked those all those that helped bring the project for blueprint to reality. After all the people involved with the success of the initiative were duly recognized, participants of the ceremony put on their hard hats and started breaking ground!

The City on the Move Builds For Its 2nd Century

The North Andrews Gardens Community Center project is one of several projects on which the City is working in order to build for its second century. The North Andrews Garden project is possible because, in 2018, an overwhelming majority of residents approved the $40 million dollar bond to update the City’s facilities. The bond is also funding the rebuilding of all three fire stations and the City Park project. But those are not the only projects the City is working on. The new Public Works Facility is in design and expected to be completed in 2025. 

There are also private-public partnership projects such as the Sky Building which will be the new site of City Hall and the ambitious and avant-garde Horizon of Oakland Park which will completely transform the city center into a modern and vibrant urban space. 

These projects make it clear that the City on the Move is also on the rise and poised to be one of the next newest and most exciting destinations in South Florida. 

Highlights of the Groundbreaking

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