Homestead Names Biggest Park After FMU Employee

MIAMI GARDENS, FL [October 7, 2011] – Homestead residents recently celebrated the grand opening of Mayor Roscoe Warren Park. The park, named after former Mayor Roscoe Warren, is located at 1400 E. Palm Drive. It offers a variety of fields for sports, pavilions, a playground, and will soon hold two dog parks. The park is a milestone in Homestead’s Park Master Plan.

“I am so thrilled to see the Homestead Parks Master Plan become a reality. The creation and completion of a Parks Master Plan, which had never been done in our city,” said Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman, who chairs the Parks and Recreations Committee.

“I am so honored and proud that my proposal to name this park after my mentor, friend and Homestead leader Mayor Roscoe Warren was supported by the Council.”

Warren, a 31-year Florida Memorial University employee, is the university’s Enrollment Management Director. FMU President Dr. Henry Lewis III congratulated Mayor Warren on the honor.

“Mayor Warren is a highly regarded employee, colleague and community servant,” Lewis said. “He represents the virtues of leadership, character, and service that FMU was founded on.”

Warren celebrated with residents and reveled in the festivities.

“I am extremely honored to have this special dedication bestowed upon me by the people of Homestead,” Warren said. “It reminds me of the poem that states, ‘Give me my flowers now so I may smell them all along, for I would rather have a rose bud from a true friend, then a car load when I’m gone.’ I am so blessed that I am able to smell my roses now from so many friends. May God continue to bless the people of Homestead.”

For more information please contact Zachary Rinkins in the Florida Memorial University Office of Public Affairs at 305-626-3624.


About Roscoe Warren

Roscoe Warren is the Director of Enrollment Management at Florida Memorial University. He served in Homestead’s public office for 26 years. He was elected to the Homestead City Council in 1981 and during his tenure served as Councilman, Vice-Mayor, and Mayor. He received many honors and awards throughout his distinguished public service career. He displayed a genuine commitment and honorable service to the people of Homestead. His endless efforts to develop and maintain a successful future for Homestead remain highly visible.

About Florida Memorial University:

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 42 undergraduate degree programs and 4 graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of student Barrington Irving, Jr., the first pilot of African descent and youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. Dr. Henry Lewis, III, PharmD, is the university’s twelfth president. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (305) 626-3624. You can support FMU by visiting

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