The Wimberly Field Athletic Complex is home to Oakland Park’s annual Youth Day celebration and serves as “sports central” for City residents of all ages. The Parks and Leisure Services Department maintains baseball/softball diamonds, soccer & football fields, pickleball courts and lighted basketball courts. There is also a concession stand, restrooms and a shaded playground area.
Harry L. Wimberly was one of the most beloved and dedicated public servants who made the City of Oakland Park their life’s vocation. Harry will forever be known for helping organize the City’s first “Youth Day” celebration in 1957 and this special day for children continues to live on with Broward County’s longest running parade.
Harry (“I never wanted to be a Mister Wimberly,” he told a Sun-Sentinel newspaper reporter) was Oakland Park all the way. His grandparents moved here as vegetable famers in the 1920’s.
Harry began his Oakland Park career mowing lawns for the City and spent nearly 40 years in different capacities before retiring as Director of Public Works in 1996. He was the City’s Recreation Director and when parks and recreation were combined, Harry became director of that newly created department.
Harry led a team of City employees responsible for streets and building maintenance, parks and roads, solid waste, water, stormwater, wastewater and garage operations.
Harry’s former City Manager Robert “Skip” Johnson was fond of telling people that if Oakland Park was a football team, Harry would play offense and defense, maintain the stadium and sell the tickets.
Note:This information was compiled with assistance from the Oakland Park Historical Society, the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library research desk and public records.