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Posted on: February 21, 2018

City sets plans to honor former CRS Director Coronado

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The Surprise City Council, Tuesday night, agreed to recognize the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado's service to Surprise in the following ways: 

  • 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)

The recommendations were presented by the Honoring An Exceptional Leader Task Force. The group 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 was comprised of Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Ken Chapman; Community and Recreation Advisory Commission Chair Wayne Turner; Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission Chair Susan DeJong; Assistant City Manager Michael Frazier; City Attorney Robert Wingo and Public Works Director Mike Gent. The group will be dismissed after City Council action. 

Coronado, who passed away in June 2017, led CRS beginning in 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.

Coronado will be inducted into the Surprise Stadium Hall of Fame at a March 17 Spring Training game, and the other naming recognitions will be announced at that time.

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