Mayor Rich Walker
Mayor Rich Walker

A Message from Mayor Rich Walker

As we settle into the new year, take a moment to think about the power of friendship.

We all know how effective positive words or a statement of support can be when we share a dream, vision, or just a hint of an idea with a good friend or mentor. Even a nonverbal show of support – leaning in to listen, putting down the cell phone when having a conversation, or asking questions of someone who is sharing thoughts and ideas with you – means the world to someone.

These small gestures and moments in time make a big difference. They are the seeds we plant when we set out to build community.

Our sense of community in the City of Parkland is integral to our well-being and ability to continue thriving. With the smallest show of support to those around us, we can lift one another up and support our loved ones and our neighbors to help each other achieve our goals in 2024.

February marks the sixth anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy.

Through the vast and varied efforts of organizations and foundations that have been created to memorialize the 17 victims of this tragedy, positive changes have been made on the federal, state, and local levels regarding laws and policies that will ensure safety for us all—in the hopes that a similar horrific event is not repeated.

As we commemorate the lives lost this month, let us use the strength and vision of our community as an example of how we can all support one another.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Amphitheatre at Pine Trails Park, we will hold the six-year Commemoration event to honor and remember the 17 victims. Every year, this event provides a humbling reminder of those who were taken and how our community comes together to honor them and comfort one another.

We are stronger together.

If you would like to share your thoughts or if you have questions or comments you would like to share. I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via e-mail at rwalker@cityofparkland.org or cell phone at (973) 390-1453. Of course, I am frequently available monthly at Parkland businesses and love to talk with residents there. I encourage you to visit the City’s website, cityofparkland.org and click on the social media icon that you prefer to ensure that you stay informed on events and helpful information.

Rich Walker
City of Parkland, Florida

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