By: Sharon Aron Baron
The beauty of a brand new park erased an ugly chapter in Tamarac’s history on Saturday during the grand opening of the Mainlands Park.
Formerly the Monterey Golf Club, the 23-acre site, now called the Mainlands Park, is complete with wide concrete paths, exercise stations, shaded benches, and picnic tables.
The land, located at 4500 Monterey Drive, was once owned by father and son developers Bruce and Shawn Chait, who brought down several local and county politicians on charges of corruption who were accused of trading votes for compensation, including former City Commissioner Marc Sultanoff, who died before he could go to trial; Former Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad, who received a downpayment for a BMW and payment for a victory party for her election; and former Mayor Beth Talabisco who is scheduled to go to trial in February.
The ribbon-cutting was led by Director of Parks and Recreation Greg Warner, who said it’s Tamarac’s first “dog-friendly” park. Warner explained that Mainlands Park is not a dog park; however, dogs may be walked on leashes, and owners must pick up after their pets. Along the paths, owners will find dog bag receptacles.
The park also includes wifi, restrooms, and water fountains.
The paths at the park are wide enough for both pedestrians and bicyclists, but City Commissioner Pam Bushnell suggests bicyclists may want to get a bell to warn the pedestrians they are behind them.
Bushnell added, “it’s a fabulous place, and you all deserve it.”