The City of Oakland Park today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phase I of City Park. Located at 3900 N.E. Third Ave., the $5.9 million project includes five pickleball courts, two basketball courts, an accessible playground, a renovated concession stand, family restrooms, and the first splash pad in Oakland Park.
“City Park is a magnificent treasure for the residents of our community,” said Mayor Michael E. Carn. “We promised to bring this project to fruition, and today we made good on that promise. I cannot wait to see children enjoying the playground and adults using the pickleball and basketball courts,” Mayor Carn continued.
Centrally located on N.E. 38th Street and Third Avenue, City Park is located half a mile west of Dixie Highway. The park is within the boundaries of the Oakland Park Community Redevelopment Agency and in a qualified census tract area. Phase I was designed by Chen Moore and Associates and constructed by Kaufman Lynn.
“With the opening of City Park, we are bringing the vision for Oakland Park’s second century to life,” said City Manager David Hebert. “This project is also helping us further efforts to bring more services to the center of Oakland Park and demonstrating our commitment to provide high-quality facilities to our community.”
The design for City Park reflects elements that will be used throughout future City projects. The architectural style of the structures, the design of the benches and lights, and the colors of the amenities were carefully coordinated. Similar elements will be incorporated into future city projects to create a distinct and cohesive look for Oakland Park. Plans for Phase II of the nine-acre park include a new City library and community center, an urban forest, a butterfly garden, an exercise area, and a jogging trail.
City Park is the first of several projects in the Comprehensive Facilities Plan aimed at Building Oakland Park’s Second Century. Funded through a bond that was approved by 67 percent of voters in 2018, the Facilities Plan is a ten-year redevelopment initiative to construct and renovate several buildings in Oakland Park. The City broke ground on the second bond project, the North Andrews Gardens Community Center, in July 2022. Plans for additional bond projects include Fire Stations 9 and 20.