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Greenacres

Palm Beach County

Year Founded: 1926

History

Located in the central part of Palm Beach County, the City was founded by Lawrence Carter Swain, as a “Good Place to Live”, and was originally incorporated in 1926.

The City is governed by a Mayor and five council members who establish policy for the City while the daily operations are administered by a city manager. The City provides a complement of municipal services including Public Safety (Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services), parks and recreation, planning, building, engineering, and public works.

With a land area of approximately 6 square miles and a population of over 37,573, the City of Greenacres is the 8th largest of the 38 municipalities in Palm Beach County.

The City has 16,685 dwelling units providing diversity in type (single family, condominiums, villas, townhomes and apartments) and price range. The majority of the commercial establishments offer a variety of services, restaurants, retail, and amusements, mainly located along Lake Worth Road, Forest Hill Boulevard, Tenth Avenue North, and Jog Road.

The City is home to five elementary schools, three middle schools and a high school, as well as numerous houses of worship, a library, and a post office. The City has 11 parks with a combined area of over 93 acres providing a variety of recreational opportunities for day and night time play for residents of all ages. Adjacent to the City is Okeeheelee Park, a regional county park providing over 1700 acres of recreation. The City’s Community Center is host to a variety of youth, adult, and senior classes and activities.

The City of Greenacres has been named a “Tree City USA” since 1992 by the National Arbor Day Foundation due to the demonstrated commitment to plant and maintain trees in public spaces. In 2007, 2008, and 2010 the City was recognized as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” in the nation by America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, the nation’s largest alliance dedicated to children and youth.

While providing the best, and most cost efficient public services and facilities, the City is recognized as a safe, attractive, well maintained and financially stable community that is a “A Great Place to Be”.

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