renames park in honor of resident
It may be small, .10 acres, but it’s
hers; at least in name. On
July 28 Wilton Manors Commissioners unanimously voted to
rename “Slash Pine Park,” located at the corner of
Northeast 20 Drive and Northeast 7 Avenue, to “M.E.
Commissioner Tom Green
called DePalma “an inspiration” to him and said he wasn’t
happy with the park’s original name.
“I hate the name of that park.”
DePalma, a 17-year resident of the city and former
planning and zoning board member, played an important role
in getting Wilton Manors certified, in July 2006, as a
Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife
“I am so grateful for
you and all those who have worked with you to build up our
community,” said Vice Mayor Justin Flippen.
The goal of the
program is to get people to landscape their yards in a
more environmentally friendly way that also provides
shelter, water and a source of food to native birds,
butterflies and other species.
At the commission
meeting DePalma held up a map, showing 152 homes,
businesses and places in the city that are certified as
Wildlife Habitats. “These are
the people that live in Wilton Manors that think this city
is an important place to live,” said DePalma. “I didn’t make the difference,
She also thanked Diana
Guidry, with NatureScape Broward, and Patrick Cann, Wilton
Manors leisure services director. “He
just kept being there for me,” said DePalma of Cann. Wilton Manors was the second
city in Broward County to be certified; Coconut Creek was
first in 2005.
DePalma also served on
the board for Naturescape Broward and helped get the
county certified. In 2005
Broward and Arlington County, Virginia tied as the first
two counties in the nation to be certified.
“You helped my wife
and I get our house to be one of the ones that helped push
the city to be what it is today and it’s a greener, meaner
place to be in, so to speak. It’s
remarkable thing that you’ve done for this community,”
said Commissioner Scott Newton.
“She does so many
things. She says it’s
everybody else but she’s really the catalyst of it all,”
said Hadny Fayyaz, vice president of the Fort Lauderdale
Garden Club, of which DePalma is a member.
DePalma joked about
when Flippen first approached her with the idea. “I think that would be
absolutely wonderful but I think you have to die to have
that done, and I’m not ready to die.”
A ceremony to
officially rename the park took place February 17th, 2010
at 6 PM
The City installed a walkway and a monument. They
are planting butterfly attracting plants like native
salvia, beauty berry, wild coffee, milkweed, porterweed,
pentas and wild lime. The park bench in the shape of
a butterfly was also added.
To see the
photos from the dedication ceremony, current images
of the park, the plants selected that will attract birds,
and a list of nectar and larval plants you can use to
attract butterflies to your yard, Visit: http://www.medepalmapark.com
of 2011, Ms. DePalma was named National Ideal Ms. Florida Senior
Crowned Miss Florida Senior
This 70-year-old is passionate
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