West Park is a municipality in Broward County, Florida, United States. It was created on March 1, 2005. It is located in the southeastern part of the county and consists of the neighborhoods of Carver Ranches, Lake Forest,Miami Gardens (Broward County), 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 is bordered by Miami-Dade County on the south, Pembroke Park on the east,Hollywood on the north and Miramar on the west.
|City of West Park|
|Motto: "The City of Positive Progression"|
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 a consensus was 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.
|West Park Demographics|
|2010 Census||West Park||Broward County||Florida|
|Population density||6,462.3/sq mi||1,444.9/sq mi||350.6/sq mi|
|White or Caucasian(includingWhite Hispanic)||32.8%||63.1%||75.0%|
|(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)||12.8%||43.5%||57.9%|
|Black or African-American||57.9%||26.7%||16.0%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||28.9%||25.1%||22.5%|
|Native Americanor Native Alaskan||0.4%||0.3%||0.4%|
|Pacific Islander orNative Hawaiian||0.0%||0.1%||0.1%|
|Two or more races (Multiracial)||3.3%||2.9%||2.5%|
|Some Other Race||4.6%||3.7%||3.6%|
As of 2010, there were 4,711 households out of which 8.0% were vacant.
As of 2000, before being annexed to West Park, the Carver Ranches neighborhood had English as a first language accounted for 96.90% of all residents, while Spanish accounted for 2.19%, and French Creole as amother tongue made up 0.90% of the population.
As of 2000, before being annexed to West Park, the Lake Forest neighborhood had English as a first language accounted for 60.49% of all residents, while Spanish accounted for 34.79%, French Creole at 4.04%, and French as a mother tongue made up 0.67% of the population.
As of 2000, the Miami Gardens neighborhood, before being annexed to West Park, had Spanish as a first language accounted for 51.09% of all residents, while English accounted for 45.17%, and French Creole as a mother tongue made up 3.72% of the population.
As of 2000, before being annexed to West Park, the neighborhood of Utopia had English as a first language accounted for 80.62% of all residents, while Spanish as a mother tongue made up 19.37% of the population.
As of 2000, before West Park annexed it, the Miami Gardens neighborhood had the 103rd highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, with 1.63% of the US populace. The forty-fourth highest percentage of Cubanresidents in the US, at 9.76% of the city's population (tied with Key Largo,)the twenty-fourth highest percentage of Dominicans in the US, with 4.62%, and the fifteenth highest percentage of Jamaican residents in the US, at 6.3% of the city's population. It also had the forty-fourth mostPeruvians in the US, at 1.26% (tied with North Plainfield, New Jersey,)while it had the forty-fifth highest percentage of Haitians (tied with Leisure City), at 3.6% of all residents. Also, West Park's Miami Gardens neighborhood had the sixty-first highest percentage of Puerto Ricans, which was at an 11.2% populace.