Residents offer input on developing neglected Pompano Beach park

By Elizabeth Roberts, News Source @sunsentinel

Antwaun Moore looked from the mobile stage to the nighttime yoga, to canary yellow risers, to a proposed play area – and stopped. The 11-year-old Cresthaven Elementary School student’s face relaxed into a grin.

“Kids should come here more often,” he said, indicating why he favored that approach to transforming Pompano Beach’s Annie Gillis Park. “We have one park but it’s a little bit messed up. If we could have a park like that? With swings? It’s colorful and looks really exciting.”

But, as resident Velma Flowers pointed out, turnout was surprisingly light.

“If [food] doesn’t bring them out,” said Flowers, who volunteers with the Community Redevelopment Agency because she owns three businesses and two houses in its district, “I don’t think anything will.”

Still, those who came brought ideas.

“There are a lot of kids in this area,” explained Tasha Wilson, who lives adjacent to the park, “and nobody watches them … it’s safer without the [proposed] play equipment.”

Linda Hunter, a 41-year-resident of Pompano Beach, felt otherwise about the proposed additions. “I like the shade — and the play structure, but not the concert stage,” she said. “And I’d like to see that happen as soon as possible.”

Jackie Dawson has lived near the park for three decades. Whatever goes there, she looks forward to its revival.

“They used to have little concerts here,” she said.

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