By: Carly Levy
Andrew Pollack continues his mission to honor his daughter, Meadow, by adding a second park in her name.
Initially building “Meadow’s Garden” at the Chabad of Coral Springs, Pollack will be building a second addition at Betti Stradling Park. He knew it was important for Meadow’s Garden to have a water feature due to the hot Florida weather, and because it is not considered appropriate to show up on religious property wearing bathing suits, a water feature was not considered to be the best fit for the temple.
After contacting the city, Pollack said he was granted permission to build a second park as part of the Betti Stradling Park where it will have a splash pad installed near the playground area.
We contacted Rick Engle, Director of Parks and Recreation and he said the details were still not finalized and he didn’t want to comment until they actually had a contract in place.
While the Chabad of Coral Springs will still be home to Meadow’s Garden, Betti Stradling Park will have an additional playground which will have the water feature along with a memorial in honor of the 17 victims who lost their lives on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland.
“I really want to make this playground something really special for the kids,” said Pollack.
So far, Pollack has managed to raise $300,000 with hopes of raising another $100,000 this month. On May 27, there will be another Ride for Meadow fundraiser event where motorcyclists will ride from Micky’s Tiki Bar at 12 p.m. to Fort Lauderdale’s 27 Bar and Lounge. Pollack is still in talks with Harley Davidson for Ride for Meadow to be a nationwide event for school safety awareness.
Carly Levy was born and raised in Coral Springs. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and minored in theatre. Her goal is to leave a mark on the world with her writing in any way that she can.