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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Task Force to send options to Council for ways to honor former CRS Director


At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force’s January 9th meeting, the group reviewed previously discussed options, with identified approximate costs, for ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado.

Task force members narrowed the list to three recommendations for future City Council consideration. 

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate (approximate cost $1,100)
  • Place honorary street signs 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 (8 signs at an approximate cost of $300 total)
  • Brand the Mark Coronado Legacy Seat at Surprise Stadium *Change the color of the seat that Coronado purchased every Spring Training Season and add a logo identifying it as such (approximate cost is $1,000)

Removed from the previous items under consideration was the suggestion to name a Surprise Stadium suite after Coronado. The Task Force felt this was not a public enough venue. The group also considered the option of creating a Legacy Seat Program that would allow the city to dedicate the Mark Coronado Legacy Seat and the one next to it to an individual and a guest who made a positive impact to the community for every Spring Training game. The ongoing management of this suggestion and annual $2,000 cost was cited by the group as a reason to not move forward with a recommendation to Council.

The Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the City February 6th Council Workshop, 4 p.m., at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.  City Council will either recommend that the action item be brought forward at the February 20th City Council Meeting, or ask that the Special Task Force perform additional work.

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. The Task Force will be dismissed after City Council action. Council may consider one, a combination of or all of the recommendations when they take 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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