060905 by chrstphr


									DATE: June 9, 2005
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager, 954-357-8053
MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Medvin, Public Information Officer, 954-357-6015

     Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Central Regional Park

Friday, June 10, 2005 at 11:00 a.m., the Broward County Board of County
Commissioners will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Central
Regional Park, located in Lauderhill on the north side of Sunrise Boulevard
between the Swap Shop and State Road 7 (U.S. 441). Construction is scheduled to
be completed in the summer of 2006.

The109-acre Central Regional Park will be the largest park in Central Broward. Plans
call for a multipurpose sports/entertainment complex, an aquatics facility, picnic shelters,
basketball/netball/tennis courts, soccer and football fields, a water playground, a large
lake for non-motorized boating, walking paths and nature trails. In addition, an arts
park/cultural center and library are planned near the park entrance.

“There are a number of benefits that come from developing a park of this size and
nature,” said Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion. “Redevelopment
and renewed interest in the Central Broward region will serve to improve all
neighborhoods surrounding the park. We are already seeing a number of exciting plans
to revitalize this area on the drawing board.”

The Central Regional Park is going to be built by H.J. Russell-Seawood Builders, LLC,
one of the largest minority-owned businesses on any kind in Broward County. H.J.
Russell and Company, in partnership with Seawood Builders, received the $35 million
contract to build and design the park based their outstanding results with previous
construction and design projects such as the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Atlanta’s
Centennial Olympic Stadium and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“The community shaped this park,” said Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs. “We
asked residents what they wanted and followed accordingly. This is a park that people
county wide will enjoy for years to come.”

“We’ll have the ability to host top name concerts here and professional sporting events
like cricket,” said Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman. “We have quality
people on board who will build a top-notch first class park. It will be a park that this
community will be most proud of.”

Lauderhill Vice-Mayor Howard Berger, Deputy Vice-Mayor Dale V.C. Holness and
Plantation Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong will be in attendance along with community
activists and residents who worked on the park project.
The park is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2006. Funds to pay for the
park come from the $400-million Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Referendum
passed by Broward County voters in November 2000.

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