Thursday, February 14, 2019 marks one year since our community was devastated by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Broward County School Board, City of Coral Springs, and City of Parkland will observe this as a Day of Service and Love.
Please check with your child’s school for information regarding school activities on February 14. Please monitor this page for additional details about opportunities to observe this day.
Activities in Parkland:
MSD Community Commemoration
Location: Pine Trails Park, 10559 Trails End, Parkland
Thursday, February 14, 12 - 10 p.m.
The City of Parkland will be hosting an Interfaith ceremony at 5:45 p.m. The park will be open both before and after the ceremony. Therapy dogs and counselors will be onsite throughout the day. In lieu of mementos (cards, flowers, pictures, etc.) or other such expressions of condolences we ask that you bring a canned food item to support our efforts in this day of service.
Beginning at noon on February 14, the Broward County School Board will be sponsoring a Day of Service and Love at Pine Trails Park. The day will include a service project partnering with Feed My Starving Children. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please visit the attached website to sign up for a day and time: https://give.fmsc.org/parkland.
The City of Parkland's website will also post updated information about this and other activities in Parkland.
Activities in Coral Springs:
The Temple – By Artist David Best
Location: 9551 West Sample Road, Coral Springs
Open to the public beginning Thursday, February 14, 7 a.m. to Dusk
The artist worked with victims, grieving families, community members and first responders to create a 35-foot-tall Temple, with no religious affiliation. The Temple is meant to serve as an object of great beauty built out of tremendous loss. The Temple is not meant to be a memorial or permanent structure, but rather a place for the community to leave their pain. In past work with grieving parents, students and first-responders, the artist has found that the process and resulting Temple helps people rebuild hope and release grief.
The Temple will be open to the public staring on February 14, 2019 from 7 a.m. to dusk every day until mid-May, when it will be burned in a ceremonial fire. The burning will be a closing ritual, a cathartic experience that allows people to let go of difficult emotions and make room for remaining positive emotions and loving memories to be made stronger.
The art installation is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies: “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art” which is a curated series of five large-scale temporary public art installations, designed to be created with community members.
Visit www.poweroa.org for more details on the project.
Art - Play - Love: A Day Dedicated to the Community
Coral Springs Museum of Art
Location: 2855A Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Thursday, February 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In February 2018 the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMoA) began the Healing with Art program, which has proven to be a source of respite and relaxation for those who have been so deeply affected.
The CSMoA will be open on February 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide a safe space for students to hang out. Activities planned include:
- Chill Spots – Cozy seating and lighting made for relaxing
- Art Making Opportunities
- Community Canvas – an interactive art piece that will inspire creativity
- Wishing Tree – Share your wishes and thoughts of love
- Massage Chairs and other activities
- Food and beverage offerings throughout the day
- Cute Mini Companion Animals – micro-bunnies, mini-pigs and a white turkey
- K-9 Love and Hugs
- Photo booth and table games
- Coral Springs Rocks – mementos to take
Coral Springs Open Play
Location: Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Thursday, February 14, 12-5 p.m.
Admission: Free ($2 per person for students who do not attend MSD)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students interested in using the Coral Springs Gymnasium for Open Play may do so from 12-5 p.m. with student identification. All other participants may participate in Open Play for a fee of $2 per person.
Sawgrass Nature Center "Green Team"
Location: Sawgrass Nature Center, Sportsplex, 3000 Sportsplex Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Thursday, February 14, 12-5 p.m., MUST register in advance
Contact: Heather Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator, 954-752-WILD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spend time helping the animals at Sawgrass Nature Center! The SNC has 15 spots available to work in the afternoon with their "Green Team" – which will involve gardening, pulling weeds, raking leaves, laying mulch, and other tasks to keep the outdoor landscapes and animal areas looking their best. You must register in advance, dress in appropriate clothing with closed-toed shoes/sneakers, sunscreen and a hat. Contact the SNC for more details.