Determined not to be overshadowed by bigger neighbors such as Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park would like to be known for its small-town feeling. This city of 31,543 people adopted as its vision statement: "Small town in the big city."
The city brags that children of some of its pioneers still live here. It also prides itself on its library, one of the few remaining city-owned libraries in Broward.
Oakland Park Elementary School is the oldest school still in use in Broward County. It was declared a national landmark in 1988.
The city of Oakland Park - named after its tall oaks - was incorporated after its predecessor, the city of Floranada, went bankrupt after the 1926 hurricane.
The city's rules and regulations are the responsibility of the five-member City Commission. The commission also hires the city manager, who implements the commission's directives and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city. City Hall is at 3650 NE 12th Ave. The commission meets there at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.