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BETTI STRADLING PARK

This park was dedicated to Elisabeth A. Stradling in 1996. She was a teacher, board member of the Coral Springs Community Chest and Coral Springs Philharmonic Society, active in the Chamber of Commerce, Our Town and an avid sportswoman.

RALPH DIAZ PARK

This park was dedicated to Ralph Diaz in 1984.  He was an attorney at law who served on the Planning and Zoning Board for 12 years, ten as board chairman.  His efforts assisted in the development of the City’s Master Plan and the quality of life in Coral Springs.

DEDE GILMORE PARK

This park was dedicated to Dede Gilmore in 1995. She was leader of the “Meet the Masters Art Awareness Program”, host of an annual fundraiser for Kids in Distress, swimming teacher to over 1,000 area residents, coordinator of numerous blood drives and an active member of the Coral Springs Tennis Association.

PAUL BARRE MEMORIAL ROTARY PARK

This park was dedicated to Paul Barre in 1991. He served as president of the Rotary Club of Coral Springs and was owner of I.S.D., one of the City’s largest employers in the Coral Springs Park of Industry. Donations solicited in his name were used to develop this park.

RICHARD D. PETRILLO MEMORIAL PARK

This park was dedicated to Richard D. Petrillo in 1996. He was president of Cue Homes and one of the original builders for Coral Ridge Communities. A resident of Coral Springs since 1978, Mr. Petrillo made a significant impact on the early development of the community.

PAUL BRITTON MEMORIAL PARK

This park was dedicated to Paul Britton, Jr. in 1994. A Senior Vice-President of Coral Ridge Properties, Mr. Britton directed the land development of Coral Springs for 15 years and was instrumental in helping the establishment of the city’s road system and early park development. Coral Ridge Properties developed the park in recognition of Mr. Britton’s dedication to Coral Springs.

THREE FRIENDS PARK

This park was dedicated in1991 to three Coral Springs residents, Terry McClelland, Greg Martin and John Odem, lost in plane crash.

VOLUNTEER PARK

This park was dedicated in 2002 to recognize the past, present and future contributions that volunteers make to the City of Coral Springs.

MULLINS PARK

Lewie Mullin was a Coral Ridge Properties vice president who built the Covered Bridge and the Museum of Coral Springs History. He was the first elected mayor of Coral Springs in January of 1968 when the population was 195. He died in October of 1969, while in office.

SARTORY HALL

The building was named for Jack Sartory. He was an early member of the Coral Springs Planning and Zoning Board, a City activities and longtime volunteer. The building built in 1972, was originally a community center for civic organizations and clubs.  Today it is the Coral Springs Senior Center at Sartory Hall.

COLLINS FIELD AND CLUBHOUSE

This clubhouse and adjoining field were dedicated to William Collins in 1991 at the unanimous recommendation of Coral Springs American Little League. He was one of the founders of Coral Springs Little League Baseball and helped to develop it into one of the largest and most respected Little League organizations in the country.

HEAFY FIELD

This field was dedicated to Edward Heafy in1991 who promoted team sports before there were any schools in the city. He announced home baseball and football games and established the Mayor’s Cup. He served the City of Coral Springs variously as City Commissioner, Vice Mayor and Mayor from 1970 to 1988.

AIELLO FIELD

This field, located in Mullins Park, was dedicated to Sal Aiello in 1985. He was one of the founders the Coral Springs Tackle Football Club and equipment manager from its inception. He represented sports interest groups for 15 years and was involved with the administration of the Parks and Recreation Department.

BOSCO FIELD

This field, located in Mullins Park, was dedicated to Sal Bosco in 1994. He was a four-year varsity wrestler and Florida State qualifier and a two-year varsity football starter for the Coral Springs Colts during his junior and senior years. He graduated from Coral Springs High School in 1985. His football jersey number (41) was retired after he died in 1989.

MURPHY FIELD

This field, located in Mullins Park, was dedicated to Hugh Murphy in 2000. He was founder of the Coral Springs Soccer Club and a longtime supporter of the program.

MULLINS PARK ATHELTIC FIELDS
GAETA FIELD, DEMMING FIELD AND MACELDERRY FIELD

These fields are named after longtime members of the athletic leagues in Coral Springs who made significant contributions to the league’s development.

PAT FINNEY BASKETBALL COURT

This court was dedicated to Patricia Finney in 1994. She served on the board of directors of the Coral Springs Basketball Club since 1975.

RAY RECCHI FIELD

This field, located in Cypress Park, was dedicated to Ray Recchi in 2003. He was active in Youth Sports, particularly Little League Baseball, served as president of the American Little League and on their board. As a columnist for The Sun-Sentinel, he wrote many articles highlighting sports in the City of Coral Springs.

SAM BODE PLAYGROUND

This playground, located in Lakeview Park, was dedicated to Gaylyn “Sam” Bode in 1998.  She was a pre-school teacher, soccer coach, participant at the Coral Springs Tennis Club, volunteer for the Red Clay Tennis Tournament and the Chris Evert Charity Tennis Tournament.Funds for this playground came from donations made to the Sam Bode Project for Children.