By: Sharon Aron Baron
A former golf course that has been turned into a new park needs a name, and the City of Tamarac is holding a contest to find the right one.
Formerly the Monterey Golf Club, the park has had a colorful history as being the source of criminal charges against elected officials who were accused of trading their votes for either money or donations, so that the former developers could build homes on the property.
According to Public Information Officer Elise Boston, residents can pick up an information packet with all the details on how they can submit a name for the new park at the Community Center.
Boston said that anyone can submit a name, but the city is looking for a name that has some relation to the park or its amenities, the area surrounding the park, or an individual who has made significant contributions to the development of the park or parks and recreation in Tamarac.
Said Boston, “If a park is named for a person he or she must be deceased. A facility shall not be named for a living person except when a name is specified as a condition of donation or deed restriction.”
For a group name, excluding historically significant groups to be considered, that group must have contributed significantly to the acquisition or development of the park or facility or to the park system or city overall. The group name recommendation must be accompanied by a written justification providing evidence of contributions to the park, facility, park system or city as a whole.
The city commission will make the final decision, based on the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The winner will be recognized at a commission meeting as well as at the ribbon cutting event for the park, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Tam-A-Gram.
The park is located at 4500 Monterey Drive east of the Turnpike.
Deadline is May 5. For information on submissions and how to pick up the application packet, call 954-597-3620. Unfortunately, there is not an online form.