Mayor Rich Walker
Rich Walker, mayor for the City of Parkland

A Message from Mayor Rich Walker

As we turn the calendar page on another year, one thing that we can all agree on is that 2020 was indeed memorable in an unprecedented manner.

Adversity unveils a myriad of character traits — one of which remains constant within our community — resiliency. This current global pandemic has exemplified the continued strength and neighborly unification that we should pride ourselves upon.

In Parkland, we truly embrace and care for one another.  I have witnessed it first-hand—neighbors helping others via food collections, blood drives, backpacks, Holiday events, and many unique volunteer efforts. We had postponed and canceled events when our hearts were set upon them, as this was BEST for our community. 

Those activities that we continue to conduct, we have often dramatically adjusted to accommodate the unique time in which we are living.  It has not been easy, but our community has once again risen to the occasion.

I have lived in Parkland for some time now, and this is not necessarily new information to me, but it is always nice to have a reminder of how incredibly special our city is.

Of course, we must stay the course and continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but I am proud of our community for acting responsibly in a time of uncertainty.

So, with the holidays behind us, as we begin anew in 2021, perhaps the task of flipping the calendar page to another year can be as much a symbolic gesture in our lives as it is a monthly habitual task we carry out on the refrigerator door.

This can be not just a time of new year’s resolutions but of renewed enthusiasm to continue to act responsibly and do our part to contribute to a return to normal.

Rich Walker
City of Parkland, Florida

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