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Horticultural Highlights

Horticulture Contract Coordinator, Claudia AlzateNotice the beautiful improvements in Coral Springs cul-de-sacs or near the entryways to our City? Meet our Horticulture Contract Coordinator, Claudia Alzate, who has designed and implemented these enhancements to our City landscape since November of last year.

Claudia, a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Forest Conservation, is passionate about her profession and future plans for the City of Coral Springs. Originally destined for a Degree in Zoology, an internship in Forestry changed her trajectory and refocused energy on the environment. Claudia has extensive work history in South Florida, serving as the County Forester and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in Miami-Dade, a Senior Arborist for an Engineering firm and as a Utility Forester for Florida Power and Light.

One of Claudia’s many goals for the City is to create a functional tree inventory database, she explained, “Recognizing when our trees need maintenance, or replacement is vital to maintaining and improving our natural landscape – this database will generate work orders to ensure it gets done. When residents and visitors enter the City, I want them to see its uniqueness from a horticultural perspective.” In addition to the beautification of our entryways, and 46 City-owned cul-de-sacs, she looks forward to working on revitalization of the master parking areas along Sample Road – eventually creating a natural canopy of trees.

As a Board Member of the Landscape Inspector’s Association of Florida, Claudia works and collaborates with foresters from municipalities all over the state. Perhaps the one she works closest with is her husband, Steve, who is the City Forester for Miami Lakes. Of her passion for the Forestry profession, Claudia says, “I am so pleased to be back in installation, seeing the vision for the City’s landscape and the outstanding support from staff has made Coral Springs a natural fit.” We appreciate the dedication, talent and vision Claudia brings to the City of Coral Springs and look forward to seeing her future plans come to fruition.

One of many City-owned cul-de-sacs now featuring refreshed landscaping.

City-owned cul-de-sacs now featuring refreshed landscaping-Before View
City-owned cul-de-sacs now featuring refreshed landscaping-After View

New enhanced landscaping for the south City entryway on Coral Springs Drive.

New enhanced landscaping for the south City entryway on Coral Springs Drive.-Before View
New enhanced landscaping for the south City entryway on Coral Springs Drive.-After View

Improvements abound across the City

Over the past year, the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments have been hard at work making necessary improvements to roadways, entryways, cul-de-sacs, sports fields, playgrounds and more. These important improvements are a direct result of your City tax dollars at work.

The tot lot at Sportplex received a full make-over, making the playground a safer, more inviting place for toddlers.

Tot lot at Sportplex received a full make-over.

The turf replacement at Aiello Field at Mullins Park was a much-needed improvement for sports leagues in the City.

Aiello Field at Mullins Park was a much-needed improvement.

Runners have a clearer way of identifying their speed and distance with new mile-markers at Whispering Woods Park.

Whispering Woods Park - Runners have a clearer way of identifying their speed and distance with new mile-markers.

Entering Cypress Park East you are greeted with new and improved signage.

Entering Cypress Park East new and improved signage.

The road resurfacing and drainage upgrades along the 110th Avenue area were a much-needed safety improvement for residents.

Road resurfacing and drainage upgrades along the 110th Avenue area - Before/After Look