Oakland Park, located in Florida’s Broward County, was once named Floranada. It was forced to file bankruptcy after the devastating 1926 hurricane that hit much of South Florida. The renaming occurred upon re-incorporation.
Today, Oakland Park is a busy but organized city. It has several advisory boards including business plan boards and strategic planning boards. The community is committed to keeping its environment beautiful. On the city calendar are beautification events including a free tree giveaway and volunteer park cleanups. The city runs recycling initiatives and has a capital improvement program.
The population is that of a small- to mid-sized town – around 41,000 in 2010. Its annexation of nearby towns has added to its growth, and development nearby has spurred redevelopment of the Oakland Park downtown.
Oakland Park is served by Broward County Public Schools. One school within the city, Oakland Park Elementary School, is part of the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1925.
There’s plenty to do recreationally in Oakland Park, regardless of your age. Youth athletic programs are available in T-Ball, tennis, basketball, flag football, and soccer. Residents can take a trip to the city library, and children’s programs are available, including after school care. A Parks and Leisure service offers programs including free moonlit movies.