About This Place
West Park is a municipality in Broward County, Florida, USA. It was created on March 1, 2005. It is located in the southeastern part of the county and consists of the neighborhoods of Miami Gardens (Broward County), Carver Ranches, Lake Forest and Utopia. A large portion of the city lies west of the city of Pembroke Park, so the new city was called "West Park". With a population of 14,156 as of the 2010 census, the city borders Miami-Dade County on the south, Pembroke Park on the east, Hollywood on the north and Miramar on the west.
The previously unincorporated neighborhoods of West Park embarked on the road to incorporation in 2004, after the Florida Legislature approved House Bill 1491, which provided for an election on November 2, 2004. Following a vote of 3,400 to 956 for incorporation, West Park was on its way to becoming Broward County’s 31st city. After the election, residents elected an interim transition committee and held a series of workshops to gain input on the level of municipal-type services to be provided. It was decided that the new municipality would be known as West Park until consensus is reached on a permanent name.
On March 8, 2005, Eric H. Jones, Jr., was elected Mayor and four Commissioners were elected: Felicia M. Brunson, Thomas W. Dorsett, Sharon Fyffe and Rita (Peaches) Mack. They were sworn-in as the municipality’s first elected leaders on March 10, 2005, and will guide West Park from an unincorporated area governed by the County to a fully functioning, independent city.