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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Task Force narrows options to honor former CRS Director; requests cost analysis


At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force’s December 14th meeting, the group reviewed all public recommendations they received identifying ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. 

The Task Force was created by the Surprise City Council, on an ad-hoc basis, to identify ways to recognize great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of the city.

They narrowed the list to four options for future City Council consideration and requested a cost analysis for the following:

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate
  • Name a Surprise Stadium suite in his honor
  • Place an honorary street sign along Bullard Avenue (Bell to Greenway Roads) to read “Mark Coronado Way.” *The official street name would remain Bullard Avenue, and have no impact on physical addresses
  • Or a combination of any of the above options

Their third meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 6 p.m., in the City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend. 

Here is the council-approved protocol for the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force's next steps: 

  1. Within 30 days of the second meeting (Dec 14), Special Task Force will hold a third public meeting (Jan 9) to weigh all the information presented by city staff, and select the best two/three options. The Special Task Force will use all avenues available, market the meeting in a way that encourages Surprise residents to attend and submit ideas and discuss pros and cons of each idea.
  2. Special Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled City Council Workshop. City Council will either recommend that the action item be brought forward at the next City Council Meeting, or ask that the Special Task Force perform additional work.
  3. The Special Task Force will be dismissed after City Council action.

Coronado passed away this past June, having led CRS since 2000. Under Mark's leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events. 

During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director.

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